This week AT&T and IBM announced that they will be teaming up to provide a "network-enabled" cloud service for private networks. The product will be promoted to Fortune 1000 companies across the world as an option for companies that need both cloud solutions and a high level of security. The service will be offered starting in "early 2013."
AT&T's virtual private networking and IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise+ services will be combined for this new product. The companies claims that the product will tightly integrate the security protections of both. The goal is for customers to be able to quickly move data from their own data centers to the new cloud service. Those companies will then gain flexibility while still having secure data that can move between all types of devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and retail kiosks.
“As more organizations realize that cloud can be secure, easily managed, and a key part of their business strategy, cloud will quickly evolve as a tool for innovation rather than just for infrastructure,” said Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM's Global Technology Services division. “We believe this new service from two recognized leaders in cloud computing provides a compelling way for large organizations to exploit cloud’s transformational power.”
The financial terms of the agreement between AT&T and IBM have not yet been released.