AT&T signs $2 billion cloud deal with Microsoft


Whereas AWS leads the cloud infrastructure market by huge margin, Microsoft isn’t doing too badly, ensconced firmly in second place, the one different firm with double-digit share. At present, it introduced a giant cope with AT&T that encompasses each Azure cloud infrastructure companies and Workplace 365.

An individual with data of the contract pegged the mixed deal at a tidy $2 billion, a pleasant feather in Microsoft’s cloud cap. In accordance with a Microsoft blog post asserting the deal, AT&T has a aim to maneuver most of its non-networking workloads to the general public cloud by 2024, and Microsoft simply bought itself a giant slice of that pie, absolutely one which rivals AWS, Google and IBM (which closed the $34 billion Red Hat deal final week) would dearly have liked to get.

As you’d count on, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke of the deal in lofty phrases round transformation and 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,” he mentioned in a press release within the weblog put up announcement.

To that finish, they need to collaborate on rising applied sciences like 5G and imagine that by combining Azure with AT&T’s 5G community, the 2 corporations can assist prospects create new sorts of functions and options. For example cited within the weblog put up, they might see utilizing the pace of the 5G community mixed with Azure AI-powered stay voice translation to assist first responders talk with somebody who speaks a special language instantaneously.

It’s price noting that whereas this deal to deliver Workplace 365 to AT&T’s 250,000 staff is a pleasant win, that a part of the deal falls on the below the SaaS umbrella, so it received’t assist with Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure marketshare. Nonetheless, any means you slice it, it is a massive deal.


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