AT&T Delves into Cloud Computing
- By Joab Jackson
AT&T has introduced a new hosted service that offers online storage, processing
power and enterprise applications. The company is targeting organizations with
seasonal or dynamic increases and decreases in operations by allowing users
to scale capacity up or down as needed.
The service, called Synaptic
Hosting, will offer virtualized servers, data storage and the ability to
manage applications and computing resources. All deals feature service-level
Synaptic Hosting will use five AT&T datacenters and management software
developed by USinternetworking, a high-end provider of hosting services AT&T
acquired in 2006. The datacenters are in Piscataway, N.J.; San Diego, Calif.;
Annapolis, Md.; Singapore; and Amsterdam. Each location will act as a gateway
for the AT&T network.
One early customer is the U.S. Olympic Committee, which hosts its Web
site through the service.
"We anticipate rapidly increasing traffic up to and during the Beijing
Olympic Games, tapering off in the months following the events," said Damani
Short, the organization's chief information officer, in a statement. "AT&T
Synaptic Hosting is ideal for handling the fluctuating online demand associated
with the Olympic Games."
Joab Jackson is the chief technology editor of Government Computing News (GCN.com).