AT&T and Digital Realty have expanded their alliance, enabling AT&T to incorporate Digital Realty colocation capacity into its solutions. The alliance will span Digital Realty’s global portfolio of data centers, enhancing AT&T‘s existing product offerings of network and managed services. This complements AT&T’s existing Colocation Services network of 38 locations in 16 countries.
AT&T and Digital Realty will work together to deliver these colocation services. The two companies will also extend AT&T NetBond, AT&T’s cloud connectivity service, to key Digital Realty data centers. This will allow AT&T to extend the reach of AT&T NetBond to existing and new cloud hosting service providers.
During 2016, customers will be able to connect to the growing suite of AT&T NetBond cloud hosting service providers from its locations within a Digital Realty data center, bringing more options for cloud connectivity. By utilizing AT&T NetBond for cloud connectivity, customers would be enabled to improve end-to-end reliability and network security.
“The speed of business growth is outpacing IT. This is driving an insatiable appetite for data center capacity, bandwidth and cloud connectivity,” said René Dufrene, Associate Vice President, AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions. “This alliance with Digital Realty enables us to extend our product offerings enabled by Digital Realty’s data center footprint and provide highly secure, high-performing and reliable connectivity to business workloads wherever they reside.”
AT&T NetBond (for cloud connectivity) by the Numbers:
- Ecosystem members – IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services (AWS Cloud), HP, Blue Jeans Network, Sungard Availability Services, VMware, CSC, Box, Equinix, Cisco and Digital Realty.
- Cloud services – IBM Managed Cloud Services, SoftLayer, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft GovCloud, Salesforce, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon Public Cloud, Amazon GovCloud, HP Helion, Blue Jeans Networks, Sungard Availability Services, VMware vCloud Air, VMware Desktop as a Service, CSC Agility Platform, Box, Cisco WebEx, NetBond Essentials and AT&T Storage-as-a-Service.
- Data center locations – More than 30 global cloud provider data center locations.
- 197 countries reached – by AT&T NetBond’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPN-based services.
“This alliance announcement highlights the opportunity for both AT&T and Digital Realty to help end-users deploy their IT workloads in our data centers via the colocation program and to provide greater performance, security and control via AT&T NetBond,” said Bill Bradley, Senior Vice President of Partners and Alliances at Digital Realty. “We are looking forward to working together to deepen our relationship with AT&T, already one of our largest customers, as we continue to build out our network-rich ecosystem of data center solutions and network of partners to provide openness and choice to our end-users.”