AT&T Jumps Into Cloud Computing With Synaptic Hosting - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Cloud // Software as a Service
News
8/5/2008
02:01 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

AT&T Jumps Into Cloud Computing With Synaptic Hosting

Synaptic Hosting will allow companies to host Windows Server or Linux client-server applications and Web apps in AT&T's data centers, rather than in their own data centers.

As swimmer Michael Phelps and other members of Team USA embark on their quest to make history at the Summer Olympic Games this week, the U.S. Olympic Committee's Web site will likely be flooded with fans seeking their fix of the quickly growing volume news and video from Beijing. Despite the rush of visitors and content, the U.S. Olympic Committee anticipates it will be ready.

Team USA will be banking on a new utility computing service from AT&T called Synaptic Hosting to provide the temporary extra Web server capacity it needs to succeed. AT&T is just the latest entrant into the crowding field of cloud computing, aiming its new managed computing, networking, security, and storage services at big corporate customers.

"Anybody that has any type of dynamic need in their environment, this is where they can leverage the scale that AT&T represents," Jim Paterson, AT&T's VP of product development for hosting and application services, said in an interview.

Synaptic Hosting will allow companies to host Windows Server or Linux client-server applications and Web apps in AT&T's data centers, rather than in their own data centers. Paterson estimates the environment can handle 80% of common applications today, including the whole LAMP stack, most any Web application, Oracle, and SAP.

The U.S. Olympic Committee's needs for immediate scale for a fluctuating Web audience is but one of the possible uses for AT&T's services. There are other as-yet-unnamed big customers, and the company expects business from any company whose IT needs are seasonal or unpredictable, like retailers looking to ramp up their Web sites for Christmas or employers whose servers are pushed to the limit by open enrollment in benefits plans.

According to Paterson, service providers -- specifically AT&T -- are uniquely qualified to succeed in the utility computing marketplace, which despite the recent and looming entrance of Microsoft and Google has so far been dominated by the likes of Amazon and some smaller start-ups. Paterson said AT&T is simply responding to customer demand: it already has plenty of managed services customers, so this is somewhat of a natural step. "They love the network, the network extensibility," he said. "So they have some things they want to do with the network, but also want to use our data centers and leverage our scale. They're very focused on latency, reliability, and security, and we can provide it to them."

The new service is superficially similar to a managed hosting environment, but is licensed via a utility model and leverages a multi-tenant infrastructure. That makes deployments more scalable and pricing more flexible. But it also means customers will give up a bit of control over the physical architecture of the data center.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

Slideshows
10 Things Your Artificial Intelligence Initiative Needs to Succeed
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  4/20/2021
News
Tech Spending Climbs as Digital Business Initiatives Grow
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  4/22/2021
Commentary
Optimizing the CIO and CFO Relationship
Mary E. Shacklett, Mary E. Shacklett,  4/13/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
In this report from InformationWeek, we explore what we've learned over the past year, critical trends around ITOps and SecOps, and where leaders are focusing their time and efforts to support a growing digital economy. Download it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll