Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Neustar, Inc.
Protect your website & network
using real-time information & analysis

www.neustar.biz
Enterprise I.T.
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Microsoft, AT&T Make Deal for VPN Access to Azure
Microsoft, AT&T Make Deal for VPN Access to Azure

By Nancy Owano
September 20, 2013 10:43AM

    Bookmark and Share
The deal between Microsoft and AT&T to offer customers access to Windows Azure via an AT&T virtual private network could be an interesting trend in how cloud providers and network providers may strike up more discussions on partnerships. The win for carriers would be in beefing up their roles in making enterprise cloud setups more efficient.
 



Enterprise customers can now connect to Microsoft's cloud platform, Windows Azure, through an AT&T virtual private networking technology, in a deal announced this week by AT&T and Microsoft.

Enterprise customers will get entry into Microsoft's cloud platform using a link from AT&T that leverages AT&T's multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) technology.

The new partnership comes at a time when roping in favorable security protection for enterprise-scale information flows is a key concern for businesses. In this case, business users will be using virtual private network (VPN) technology from AT&T as their lines to Microsoft's Windows Azure. The September 18 announcement sets the date for the service to go live in the first half of 2014.

A technical advantage for customers is that they will leverage MPLS-based VPNs from AT&T to access their Azure services. According to research firm Forrester Research, 70 percent of multinationals use MPLS. This is a technology that can serve enterprise needs for a way to connect multiple office locations seamlessly. Offices working in a shared network bring advantages in cost and bandwidth usage.

Azure Traction

In June, Steven Martin, general manager of Windows Azure, said that in the enterprise cloud space, over 50 percent of the Fortune 500 were using Windows Azure. This month's deal with AT&T can increase the allure of Azure as a cloud platform of choice.

Andy Geisse, CEO, AT&T Business Solutions, believes AT&T VPN can help. "By bringing the security and performance of our virtual private network to Windows Azure, we expect to energize enterprise demand for Azure infrastructure-as-a-service."

In the bigger picture, an AT&T MPLS network connecting with Windows Azure reflects business interest in making sure connections in the cloud are secure as well as fast and reliable. Satya Nadella, Microsoft executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise, added in the announcement: "It's critical we help enterprises embrace the cloud on their terms."

The companies' press announcement noted that "Enterprises continue to cite concerns about security and reliable performance in their decision to adopt cloud computing. Working together, Microsoft and AT&T will address these concerns by enabling enterprise customers to quickly and reliably connect applications and services from their own data centers (private clouds) to the Windows Azure cloud service using the protective confines and high transmission speeds of a highly-secure virtual private network."

More Handshakes Ahead?

Outside the two companies, business watchers spot what could be an interesting trend in how cloud providers and network providers may strike up more discussions on partnerships. The win for carriers would be in beefing up their roles in making enterprise cloud setups more efficient.

The AT&T and Microsoft pact is also seen as a competitive challenge to Amazon's Direct Connect, which gives companies entry into Amazon Web Services through a VPN.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Enterprise I.T.
1.   Windows 7 Ends Mainstream Support
2.   Another IE-Focused Patch Tuesday
3.   BlackBerry's Hip To Be Square
4.   Gartner Rates IT Security Companies
5.   Google I/O Brings a Lot for Biz Users


advertisement
Windows 7 Ends Mainstream Support
But extended support still available.
Average Rating:
Another IE-Focused Patch Tuesday
One critical for Internet Explorer.
Average Rating:
Gartner Rates IT Security Companies
IBM, HP, McAfee, Splunk ranked well.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Report: Chinese Hackers Hit U.S. Personnel Networks
Hackers from China broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees.
 
Charges: Russian Stole Data from U.S. Restaurants, Zoo
A Russian man arrested on bank fraud and other charges hacked into computers at restaurants in Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses, and even the Phoenix Zoo, authorities say.
 
Another Month, Another IE-Focused Patch Tuesday
Microsoft rolled out 59 vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer in June. But the IE-patching party is not over yet. Redmond published six new security bulletins on Tuesday; two, critical; three, important.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Another Day, Another Internet of Things Consortium Is Born
In the emerging Internet of Things, zillions of devices will be talking to each other. Samsung, Intel and Dell just formed a consortium to ensure each thing can understand what others are saying.
 
Gartner Sales Study Sees Tablets Up, PCs Down but Recovering
Are PCs on the comeback trail? That depends on how you define "comeback." While tablet sales remain strong, Gartner's latest study found PC shipments aren't dropping as fast as they did last year.
 
Review: Warming Up to Tablets with Keyboard Covers
If you've ever thought tablets with keyboard covers were just a poor excuse for a laptop, think again. Nokia's Lumia 2520 comes with an optional keyboard cover that just may change your mind.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.