This extension of the IBM and AT&T alliance will allow businesses to easily create hybrid-computing solutions. AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer's cloud services. The service allows customers to benefit from highly secure connections with high reliability and performanceas an alternative to relying on public Internet access.
"AT&T NetBond gives customers a broader range of options as they explore how to best leverage a hybrid cloud," said Jim Comfort, general manager of IBM Cloud Services. "Customers can easily move workloads to and from SoftLayer as if it were part of their local area network. This added flexibility helps optimize workload performance while allowing customers to scale IT resources in a way that makes sense."
AT&T NetBond combines the security of AT&T virtual private networking with cloud resources. As a result, business customers have flexible and high performing access to the cloud. It also dynamically allocates VPN bandwidth, allowing customers to use as much or as little as they need.
"Businesses look to AT&T and IBM to deliver best in class solutions to meet their most demanding needs — especially when it comes to cloud," said Jon Summers, senior vice president growth platforms, AT&T Business Solutions. "Together, we're making the network as flexible as the cloud and giving enterprises confidence they can migrate their business systems to the cloud and still meet their security, scalability and performance requirements."
AT&T NetBond offers the following customer benefits:
- Simple: Seamlessly works with existing AT&T VPN through APIs, creating an automated experience. Customers don't need to order or manage any other equipment or access lines.
- Savings: Network elasticity that automatically flexes with the needs of the cloud service. Companies can save as much as 60% on networking costs.
- Performance: Delivers as much as 50% lower latency and three times the availability when compared with the public Internet.
- Security: Isolates traffic going directly to cloud platforms using the AT&T private global network, providing more protections from risks such as DDoS attacks.
The companies expect these capabilities to be available in first quarter of 2015.
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This article was originally posted “AT&T Teams With IBM Cloud” from Cloud Strategy Magazine.