AT&T Announces New Synaptic Service

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 16, 2009

The latest addition to the AT&T family of Synaptic Services is designed for companies of all sizes and those who have a self-service approach for using IT solutions.

AT&T will deliver the new ‘Compute as a Service’ over its network cloud, using technology from VMware and Sun Microsystems.

According to the company, customers can use the service to address demands for variable computing processing power and expand capacity depending on their business requirements. AT&T will provide computing processing capacity based on the business’s immediate demand. The company will also provide management of the network, server, hardware and storage.

AT&T stated that its services will be in line with customer requirements and even those who would like to extend their internal IT environments to the cloud, and offer them services that are compatible with private VMware environments.

The company will be using VMware’s VMware vSphere virtualisation platform and the VMware vCloud API, which is designed to integrate and connect private and public clouds.

AT&T also said it is working with Sun to use the Sun Cloud Open Cloud Platform, Sun Cloud APIs, cloud reference architecture and design expertise. The aim is to create an environment that makes it easy for developers to build and deploy value-added services.

Service features include"

 Web portal to order, provision and manage server capacity, or to program the APIs.

 Convenience to pay only for the capacity used and receive a monthly bill that can also be paid with a credit card.

 Multiple storage options including disk capacity for each virtual server’s operating system and space to share files between virtual servers, as well as the ability to connect to AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service.

 Round-the-clock monitoring of the Synaptic Compute as a Service platform by AT&T support teams.

 Service level agreement (SLA) that covers availability of the platform that runs the customer’s virtual servers.

 No upfront fees, no long-term obligations and no termination fees.

The network-based on-demand service is slated to be available in the fourth quarter of 2009. Initially, the service will be deployed in the US, but will still be accessible by customers connecting to the Web anywhere. The company eventually plans to add the service to select global IDCs to meet international customer demand.