Light Reading, UBM Tech’s market-leading online community for the global communications sector, has announced the winners of the 2013 Leading Lights awards.  IBM Corp and AT&T Inc. received the Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service award for their global cloud service IBM Smart Cloud Enterprise+ with AT&T NetBond. The Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service is awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative Carrier Cloud service (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) for its customers during the past year.

IBM and AT&T combined our experience, expertise, and best practices to deliver an integrated solution. We’ve combined a customer’s existing AT&T Virtual Private Network with IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise+. This gives businesses highly-secure managed access to an enterprise-class cloud computing platform using an existing AT&T Virtual Private Network. This means enterprises get all the security and performance benefits of a private cloud with the economics and flexibility of a public cloud.

For more information on this innovative service and the importance of private connectivity in a cloud environment, view the webinar “Is Your Network Cloud Ready?” The webinar features Frost and Sullivan and AT&T discussing how IT decision-makers can take advantage of the flexibility of the public cloud model by implementing a network-enabled cloud that is secure and reliable.

What are your requirements for cloud solutions? How does your business mix flexibility and cost-effectiveness with security when it comes to the cloud?