AT&T Joins the Cloud
This whole race to cloud computing is getting more interesting by the day.
the list of major participants this morning. There are parties coming
in from nearly every side -- software players like Microsoft, Internet players
like Yahoo and Google, hardware/software players like IBM
e-commerce players like Amazon.com, and now a telecom.
AT&T is certainly bringing some infrastructure to the party. The company's
announcement said AT&T is investing $1 billion in the effort in 2008 and
the infrastructure includes five "super IDCs" (Internet datacenters)
in Piscataway, N.J.; San Diego, Calif.; Annapolis, Md.;, Singapore; and Amsterdam.
The company has a total of 38 IDCs worldwide.
Officially, AT&T's offering is called AT&T Synaptic HostingSM. The
company describes the offering as a "utility computing service with managed
networking, security and storage for business."
According to a statement from Ron Spears, group president of the AT&T Global
Business Services, "The AT&T global network, combined with our powerful
computing platform, is driving the convergence of networking and hosting services
in ways that are allowing companies to deliver end-user applications whenever
and wherever they are needed -- while paying only for the capacity actually
An early adopter is the official Web site
of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Does that make AT&T the official cloud computing
provider for the U.S. Olympic Team?
Posted by Scott Bekker on August 05, 2008 at 11:58 AM