Microsoft and AT&T team up for new enterprise cloud service

Cloud services are becoming one of Microsoft's biggest businesses. In April, the company announced that its Windows Azure cloud server division was now bringing in over $1 billion in yearly revenue. Today, Microsoft announced a new venture with AT&T that offers enterprise customers a service that combines new cloud integration technology developed by AT&T with Microsoft's Windows Azure.

Microsoft's press release says that their collaboration with AT&T will allow customers to connect their applications and services from their own private cloud service to Microsoft's Windows Azure service via a virtual private network.

So how does AT&T fit in? The press release states that it will use what the company calls AT&T NetBond to combine computing and networking features that will help automate a number of tasks. It adds:

It allows the network and compute resources to flex in tandem to support the fluctuating demands on systems that enterprise cloud users often experience throughout the year. AT&T customers are already able to take advantage of the technology with AT&T’s own cloud offers. The new cloud solution takes advantage of the Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology underpinning AT&T’s virtual private network solution.

Microsoft and AT&T did not disclose the financial specific of this new partnership. The new cloud service will launch in the first half of 2014.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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