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AT&T in global bid to host corporate clients

06 августа 2008

AT&T, the US telecoms group, has launched a "cloud computing" service that will enable corporate customers to use its global data centres to run software programs and store data.

The service, dubbed "Synaptic Hosting," will allow companies to avoid running applications for managing websites and other tasks on their own machines. Customers will only pay for the computer time they use.

AT&T said the service would appeal to companies that experienced either seasonal or occasional surges in demand for computing power, such as online retailers during the peak buying seasons.

The US telecoms company is continuing to expand the range of business data services it offers as part of its strategy to offset declining revenues from voice services and strengthen its offerings in areas such as managed services and security.

While AT&T's large business sales fell 1 per cent last quarter to $4.7bn, revenue from data services grew 18 per cent.

AT&T will base the service on technology it acquired when it paid $300m for -USinternetworking in 2006 and will initially offer it through five data centres in the US, Europe and Asia, although more centres may be added later.

AT&T is planning to spend $1bn this year on network improvements.

A handful of companies including IBM already offer services that enable customers to access computing re-sources as and when they need them and AT&T's plans highlight the continuing convergence of the telecoms and information technology industries.

Источник: Financial Times

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