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AT&T adds Oracle to its NetBond ecosystem, now at 20 providers

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.”

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Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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