AT&T today (May 18) announced AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service, a storage-on-demand offer. It aims to provide enterprise customers with control over the storage, distribution, and retrieval of their data from any location, anytime, using any Web-enabled device.

As cloud-based initiatives are gaining momentum, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly five million dollars in grants to 14 universities through its Cluster Exploratory (CluE) program to participate in the IBM-Google Cloud Computing University Initiative. The aim is to provide computing infrastructure for research projects.  

AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service provides a business-class storage service that lets customers use the AT&T network cloud to store, distribute and retrieve data as needed to meet their business or legal requirements. Customers will be able to specify their storage criteria — called user policies — through a Web-based customer portal. The service automatically scales storage capacity up or down as needed, and users pay only for the amount they use.

AT&T has selected EMC Corporation as the technology provider for the underlying AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service platform. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop and market the service.

AT&T is introducing the service to customers on a controlled basis this month, with plans to make the service generally available in the third quarter. The service is deployed in AT&T Internet data centers (IDCs) in the U.S. and will be accessible by customers connecting to the Web anywhere. In time, AT&T plans to add the service to select global IDCs to meet customer demand internationally.

Using EMC Atmos technology, a policy-based information management platform, the AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service gives users the flexibility to store, distribute and retrieve data through the Internet or directly from the AT&T network cloud via a virtual private network or other transport service. It thus enables customers to create a “virtual private storage cloud” protected by AT&T’s network-based security services.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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