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Introducing AT&T's "Virtual Private Cloud"

New AT&T Cloud Capability with VMware Brings Together Industry Leaders in Virtual Private Networking and Cloud Infrastructure

Dallas, Texas, February 13, 2012

Business cloud computing users will take note: the power of AT&T’s “virtual private cloud” has arrived.

AT&T* today announced AT&T Synaptic Compute as a ServiceSM with VMware vCloud® Datacenter Service. 

The new enterprise-class cloud service combines technologies from virtual private networking (VPN) industry leader AT&T1 and cloud infrastructure software industry leader VMware.

Like AT&T’s other cloud offers, this new cloud capability is embedded directly into its network. This means compute and storage services can be scaled, managed, routed and delivered to business customers, down to virtually any fixed or mobile device, quickly and flexibly, on demand, with enterprise-grade security and performance.

The service allows VMware’s more than 350,000 customers to extend their private clouds across and into AT&T’s network-based cloud using AT&T’s industry leading VPN. The benefits of this “virtual private cloud” include the flexibility and cost efficiencies of using private and public cloud systems interchangeably and strategically.

The service allows users to rapidly provision and scale compute resources and easily and flexibly shift workloads between their private clouds and AT&T’s network-based cloud.  It also supports bursting, data center extensions, disaster recovery, and mobile application development and deployment.

“Our new cloud offer with VMware can help customers simplify the way they orchestrate their cloud resources between private and public clouds, allowing them to have the best of both worlds,” said John Potter, VP, As a Service Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions.

Concur, a leading cloud provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, uses AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service for its disaster recovery capabilities. The company, which has virtualized almost 80% of its IT environment over the last three years with VMware cloud infrastructure software, expects AT&T’s new Synaptic Compute as a Service to allow it rapid access to compute capability in the event of an outage in its primary network.

“We see the combination of AT&T’s VPN-based cloud service with VMware’s virtualization and cloud infrastructure technologies as an optimum pairing that will speed our ability to shift computing workloads between private and public clouds efficiently and effectively,” said Stephen deRham, Sr. VP of R&D, Concur Technologies, Inc.

The offer is a new version of AT&T Synaptic Compute as a ServiceSM. AT&T has achieved certification according to VMware’s rigorous standards for its vCloud Datacenter Service program which was created to ensure globally consistent enterprise-class cloud computing infrastructure services. It is available immediately in the U.S. with global availability expected by year-end 2012.

“AT&T’s participation in the VMware vCloud® Datacenter Services program creates a new cloud offer for our customers that harnesses the security, performance and reliability of AT&T’s network-based cloud with the industry-leading VMware vCloud platform that is the standard datacenter environment for our enterprise customers,” said Dan Chu, Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Services, VMware.

The new version of AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service signals AT&T’s most recent advance in the execution of its strategy to deliver cloud services that meet the needs of a wide variety of users including large and medium enterprises, developers, and internet-centric businesses. This new service is complemented by a series of cloud offers announced by AT&T in the last 90 days which includes:

AT&T’s portfolio of cloud services also includes AT&T Synaptic Storage as a ServiceSM, and AT&T Synaptic HostingSM.