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AT&T, AWS forge cloud computing, IoT, networking alliance

The companies will focus on enterprise hybrid cloud deployments and networking, Internet of Things, security, and integration.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

AT&T and Amazon Web Services have forged a multi-year partnership to integrate cloud and networking services.

The ultimate aim is to enable joint customers to use AWS' cloud services with AT&T's network for everything from the Internet of Things to security to big data to software defined data centers and networking.

For AT&T, the move is another partnership designed to better integrate its network and enterprise services with key cloud players. AT&T's partnership with AWS follows another deal with IBM this week.

As for AWS, the AT&T partnership broadens its ecosystem and provides it with a large enterprise network provider. These partnerships help AWS become entrenched among enterprises in hybrid cloud deployments and companies who are now moving more workloads to public services. .

The AT&T and AWS partnership revolves around the following:

Networking integration. AT&T's NetBond is platform that creates private and secure networking connections to AWS. AT&T and AWS plan to develop new tools to give customers visibility, automation and better security and performance. AT&T NetBond's ecosystem includes AWS, IBM, Salesforce, Microsoft Azure, Box, Cisco, HP Helion, and VMware.


Internet of Things. AWS and AT&T said they preconfigure sensors attached to the wireless giant's network so they can send data to the cloud. The integration could scale quickly. For instance, AT&T has 29 million connected devices in the field and connecting them to AWS IoT could give the cloud provider more analytics customers. The companies will integrate data plans and AWS IoT services.

Security. AT&T and AWS will work to combine security knowhow about threats and data concerns and integrate security platforms.

According to the companies, the partnership can expand from those three areas in the future.

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