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November 15, 2009

AT&T unveils new cloud-based service

Claims to address demands for variable computing processing power

By CBR Staff Writer

AT&T has unveiled Synaptic Compute as a Service, a new cloud-based service designed to give companies of all sizes an on-demand access to computing capacity.

The company said that the Synaptic Compute as a Service, using technology from VMware and Sun Microsystems, provides companies with a self-service approach for using IT offerings that are delivered by it over the network cloud.

AT&T said that customers can use the service to address demands for variable computing processing power and expand capacity with their business requirements. It is also working with Sun to use the Sun Cloud Open Cloud Platform, Cloud APIs, cloud reference architecture and design expertise to create an environment for developers to build and deploy value-added services.

According to AT&T, other service features include, a web portal to order, provision and manage server capacity, or to program the APIs; monitoring of the Synaptic Compute as a Service platform by AT&T support teams and to pay only for the capacity used.

In addition, the new service features multiple storage options including disk capacity for each virtual server’s operating system and space to share files between virtual servers, as well as the ability to connect to AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service. With Synaptic Compute as a Service, customers can program their application to expand capacity to handle their firm’s book closing.

Roman Pacewicz, senior vice president of strategy and application services at AT&T, said: As companies increasingly move to cloud-based environments, AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service provides a much-needed choice for IT executives who worry about over-building or under-investing in the capacity needed to handle their users’ traffic demands

AT&T plans to launch the service in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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