AT&T gets on the cloud

AT&T will soon offer an on-demand storage service that will be accessible to enterprise customers through an Internet-based portal.

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AT&T will soon offer an on-demand storage service that will be accessible to enterprise customers through an Internet-based portal.

The AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service, which is being trialled by a small number ofclients, is expected to be available in the US in the third quarter, with a global roll out ot follow.

AT&T global customers include BAE Systems, Siemens, Tata Consultancy Services, Bank of India and Fujitsu.

AT&T touts three advantages of its storage-as-a-service approach. First, it allows enterprises to store data in the AT&T cloud rather than making capital investments in their own storage capacity.

Second, it offers flexibility to companies that have volatile or fluctuating storage needs. And finally, AT&T says that its service can often provide data "at a fraction of the cost of managing data over a dedicated storage area network." As Gartner analyst Adam Couture has noted, the initial attraction to cloud-based storage systems "has been staggering cost differential between traditional storage offerings and cloud storage."

AT&T is relying on EMC Atmos technology to provide the underlying platform for it storage service.

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