Just the thought of having private data flow across a public Internet and into a cloud is enough to make some IT managers want to lock their data centers and throw away the key. Despite the flexibility and cost benefits of the cloud, data and network security continue to top the list of barriers to cloud adoption.  

Plugging your trusted virtual private network (VPN) into the cloud can eliminate that barrier. By providing a direct connection between your AT&T VPN and cloud resources, your data and applications wouldn’t have to travel the public Internet at all.

That’s what AT&T and IBM had in mind when they introduced a combined cloud solution last October, called IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ with AT&T NetBond. It may be a long and complex name, but it really simplifies cloud security for companies that have been a little standoffish about cloud.

Basically, it connects an AT&T MPLS VPN to an IBM data center that hosts the SmartCloud Enterprise+ platform. Here’s how you can benefit from this network-enabled cloud solution:

  • The managed capabilities of IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise+ can ease the migration of critical applications to a hosted cloud
  • It provides end-to-end security features since transactions never leave the private AT&T MPLS VPN
  • The SLAs and class-of-service capability of an MPLS network can prioritize access to cloud-based applications
  • Bandwidth can be scaled on-demand
  • Workloads can be balanced between onsite and offsite data centers and hosted cloud resources

For a more details on how you can stretch your VPN into the cloud, you might want to read the research report from Frost & Sullivan, called AT&T and IBM’s Private Cloud Partnership: From Competition to Coopetition.

You can also register for the webinar, Is Your Network Cloud Ready? Network Enable Your Cloud with MPLS VPNs, taking place on September 26 at 2:00 pm EST. If you’re considering cloud for your enterprise-grade applications, you’ll want to hear what AT&T and Frost and Sullivan have to say about it.