AT&T and Amazon Strike Historic Partnership

AT&T and Amazon Strike Historic Partnership

For years, it seemed as though AT&T and Amazon viewed each other as competition. Despite depending on the network for its very existence, Amazon treated the network as a commodity: Users only needed cheapest-possible Internet services to connect to Amazon–including to its market-leading Amazon Web Services.

And despite its core focus on communications services, AT&T attempted to compete head to head with Amazon by offering its own cloud computing offerings to enterprise users.

The war is over, and the former competitors have now joined forces. On Oct 6, AT&T and Amazon announced a stragic alliance aimed at assisting enterprise customers to migrate to and utilize the AWS Cloud with the AT&T network.

Key components of the partnership include:

  • Enabling end-to-end customer visibility across AT&T’s NetBond cloud exchange service, which provides enterprise customers with secure, reliable, and low-latency
    connectivity to their cloud-based applications.
  • Coordinating delivery of AT&T’s IoT-connected devices and sensors into Amazon’s AWS cloud, including AWS IoT, which is a managed cloud platform that enables customers to build out their IoT offerings. The next step is to integrate with the AT&T IoT Starter Kit and IoT Data plans, which will enable customers to use these components to build out their cloud services.
  • Threat management. Amazon and AT&T bring complementary strengths to the table. Amazon has been building out its data-protection and encryption solutions that protect cloud-based applications; AT&T’s network security analytics can monitor and analyze network traffic to protect against attacks like DDOS before they hit. Although the companies aren’t announcing specifics, the partnership explicitly focuses on threat management solutions, so enterprise organizations can likely look forward to end-to-end security
    solutions.

The bottom line: The war is over, and the former competitors have joined forces. That’s good news for both companies, which can focus on building out their strengths. And it’s better news for enterprise users, who can focus on delivering cloud-based applications—including building out their IoT solutions–rather than worrying about the network, computing, and security infrastructure to support them.

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