Microsoft signed a cloud deal with AT&T2019-07-18 18:18 by Daniela
Tags: Microsoft, AT&T
AT&T and Microsoft have recently announced a multiyear partnership in which Microsoft Azure cloud will become the preferred cloud provider for AT&T's non-network applications. The deal is reportedly worth more than $2 billion. Aside from the 270K employees at AT&T that will now migrate to the Office 365 platform for office and collaboration needs, and the various apps and databases that AT&T needs to run its varied businesses that will move to Microsoft Azure, there is much more here than just Microsoft getting a lot of new O365 and Azure customers. And there is much more at stake here for AT&T as well.
The agreement is a major win for Microsoft, which will become AT&T's "preferred" cloud vendor and is fighting to gain market share from Amazon.com Inc's Amazon Web Services, the biggest provider of public cloud services. Cloud service customers run their software applications in data centers managed by the cloud provider.
Beyond AT&T's own internal use of Microsoft technology, the companies are working together on developing tools for artificial intelligence and high-speed 5G wireless, and plan to announce additional services later this year.
"AT&T is at the forefront of defining how advances in technology, including 5G and edge computing, will transform every aspect of work and life," said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "The world's leading companies run on our cloud, and we are delighted that AT&T chose Microsoft to accelerate its innovation. Together, we will apply the power of Azure and Microsoft 365 to transform the way AT&T's workforce collaborates and to shape the future of media and communications for people everywhere."
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