AT&T, IBM Team in Network-Enabled Cloud

AT&T has extended NetBond – its platform that allows customers to extend their MPLS Virtual Private Network (VPN) to cloud service providers – to IBM’s SoftLayer.

The companies say their alliance will enable businesses to easily create hybrid-computing solutions. AT&T VPN customers can use NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer’s cloud services. The service is designed to give customers highly secure connections with high reliability and performance as 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 says 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.

The companies expect these capabilities to be available in first quarter of 2015.

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