NetBond relationship deepens the AT&T/Oracle relationship
AT&T now has 20 cloud providers participating in its NetBond for Cloud ecosystem, with the latest addition being Oracle’s FastConnect cloud service.
NetBond allows AT&T customers to access cloud services from ecosystem partners with dedicated, secure connectivity and a promise of a better user experience. The NetBond product, which AT&T launched in early 2014, was one of the operator’s first commercial software-defined networking solutions, designed as a fully managed network and cloud infrastructure connection model and leveraging AT&T’s multiple protocol label switching (MPLS) virtual private network (VPN) solution to target a range of cloud service providers.
AT&T said that its NetBond for Cloud ecosystem currently provides access to more than 25 of the top cloud services, including Amazon Web Services; last month AT&T extended NetBond capabilities to more than 100 cloud providers hosted on AWS.
Don Johnson, senior VP of product development at Oracle, said in a statement that “this relationship with AT&T further helps our customers achieve business transformation in the cloud. With AT&T NetBond for Cloud and AT&T’s global MPLS VPN, customers can better execute on their business strategies for their high-bandwidth connectivity needs.”
The NetBond announcement is just the latest partnership between AT&T and Oracle on cloud services, both for each companies’ operations or to serve other enterprises. In May, AT&T and Oracle signed a major collaboration agreement that involved migrating many existing Oracle databases that AT&T utilizes, plus their associated application workloads, to Oracle’s cloud, as well as AT&T deploying Oracle’s Field Service Cloud for more than 70,000 field technicians“to leverage [AT&T’s] existing machine learning and big data capabilities with Oracle’s technology to increase the productivity, on-time arrivals and job duration accuracy of AT&T’s field technicians.”