Microsoft and ATandT combine on cloud tech

Microsoft and ATandT combine on cloud tech

Microsoft has announced it will deliver a security-enhanced cloud computing server and will work with AT&T on the system's development, as well as its implementation.

Officials at Microsoft outline that the new solution pairs virtual private networking technology provided by AT&T with its own proprietary Windows Azure service, which has become a market leader in recent months.

Customers utilising the secure cloud tech will have 50 per cent lower latency than if they used publicly provided servers and this means remote workers will be able to benefit from a potentially huge increase in productivity.

AT&T currently serves 3.5 million business customers worldwide and is the leading provider of online solutions to multinational corporations, so Microsoft's new partner is likely to be a deft hand in this marketplace.

Andy Geisse, chief executive at AT&T Business Solutions, commented: "This is a game changer for businesses that have been seeking a more secure way to reap the benefits of cloud services.

"By bringing the security and performance of our virtual private network to Windows Azure, we expect to energise enterprise demand."

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and corporations alike have outlined security concerns with traditional cloud computing services in recent months and years, so AT&T and Microsoft hope they will be able to make their new product a market leader.

Satya Nadella, executive vice-president of cloud and enterprise for Microsoft, commented: "Through this strategic alliance with AT&T, we can reduce the barriers to entry for cloud computing by providing a more secure [option]."

Firms in the UK are becoming increasingly worried about cyber threats and a recent PwC survey found that the number of attacks against UK businesses rose by 69 per cent in the last 12 months.

However, this was coupled with a growth in safeguards against hackers and 59 per cent of executives surveyed across the nation reported they have improved their cloud security provision since mid-2012.

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