Microsoft has teamed up with AT&T to offer virtual private networking with its Windows Azure cloud platform. Using the new solution, which will be available in 2014, enterprises can connect applications from private clouds to Azure using AT&T’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching technology.
The new solution addresses enterprise cloud concerns, which still largely center on security, and helps bring Azure to more enterprise customers. Many of Microsoft’s existing customers are enterprises, with nearly 50 percent of the Fortune 500 using Azure.
“This is a game changer for businesses that have been seeking a more secure way to reap the benefits of cloud services,” Andy Geisse, CEO, AT&T Business Solutions said. “By bringing the security and performance of our virtual private network to Windows Azure, we expect to energize enterprise demand for cloud solutions.”
The solution also uses AT&T NetBond to integrate networking and computing resources, automating functions that are typically performed manually. AT&T customers already use this technology through AT&T’s cloud offerings.
Earlier this week, CloudSigma launched a new hybrid hosting offering, which features a direct patching capability. The function allows CloudSigma to create a hybrid connection between the customers’ private environment and public environment, eliminating the need for a VPN.
“There’s no question that the time for cloud computing is now, and it’s critical we help enterprises embrace the cloud on their terms,” Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise for Microsoft said. “Through this strategic alliance with AT&T, we can reduce the barriers to entry for cloud computing by providing a more secure and reliable connectivity option for enterprise customers, accelerating the growth of cloud computing and the rapid adoption of Windows Azure.”