AWS To Team with AT&T for Secure Cloud Connectivity

AT&T Inc. said it will offer secure, direct connections to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc.

The news came Thursday after a similar announcement by Verizon, a main rival in the telecommunications space that is bolstering its portfolio of cloud platforms compatible with its Secure Cloud Interconnect service.

At the center of the AT&T partnership with AWS is the company's NetBond product, described by the company as a "network-enabled cloud solution." NetBond lets businesses access applications on third-party cloud platforms using their existing AT&T VPNs. Businesses are insulated against security attacks because they are able to forgo the public Internet to access their cloud applications, AT&T contends.

Additionally, AT&T expects companies to save up to 60 percent on networking costs and experience performance improvements of up to 50 percent using NetBond.

The connectivity with AWS will become available sometime in 2015, AT&T said in its announcement.

"Our customers want the computing power and cost-efficiency that cloud services deliver with the best security and performance," said Jon Summers, senior vice president of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions in a prepared statement. "AWS's extensive portfolio combined with AT&T NetBond offers them the best of both worlds. Our customers will have VPN performance, full cloud networking automation, and flexible and secure bandwidth when accessing AWS cloud services."

NetBond already works with Microsoft Azure, VMware vCloud Datacenter Service and IBM Cloud Managed Services. AT&T expects to include in that roster by year's end.

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