IBM and AT&T have announced a multi-year strategic alliance. Under the contract, AT&T Communications will use IBM’s expertise to modernize the company’s Business Solutions’ internal software applications, enabling migrations to the IBM Cloud.
In addition, IBM will provide infrastructure to support AT&T Business’s applications. The company will utilize Red Hat’s open-source platform to manage workloads and applications and hence allowing the company to better serve enterprise customers.
IBM will also make AT&T Business its primary provider of software-defined networking. AT&T Business will help transform IBM’s networking solutions with their latest technologies including 5G, Edge Compute, and IOT as well as multi-cloud capabilities using Red Hat. This builds on the existing relationship where AT&T Business is IBM’s strategic global networking provider.
IBM will be the primary developer and cloud provider for AT&T Business’s operational applications and will help manage the AT&T Communications IT infrastructure, on and off-premises and across different clouds –private and public. This approach will enable AT&T Business to build and deploy internal application workloads, and deliver new, innovative services, said AT&T in its statement.
Further, the two companies will also collaborate on edge computing platforms, which will help enterprise clients capitalize on the power of 5G network speeds and the internet-connected devices and sensors at the edge of the network.
As part of the relationship, AT&T Business will continue to use Red Hat’s open-source platform to manage the workloads associated with AT&T Business’s internal applications. On the heels of IBM’s recent Red Hat acquisition, AT&T Business will have even greater access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenShift platforms as the foundation for workload portability and interoperability across any vendor’s cloud, on or off-premises.
“Building on IBM’s 20-year relationship with AT&T, today’s agreement is another major step forward in delivering flexibility to AT&T Business so it can provide IBM and its customers with innovative services at a faster pace than ever before,” said Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President, Cloud, and Cognitive Software, IBM. The agreement between IBM and AT&T was signed in IBM’s Q2, 2019.
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