A Strategic Relationship in Managed Application and Managed Hosting Services

By CIOReview | Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dallas, TX and Armonk, NY: AT&T-a leading entertainment, mobile and voice services company and IBM unveiled that they are expanding their long-term strategic relationship to bring businesses a full suite of advanced networking, application and hosting services. Based on the agreement, AT&T will transition its managed application and managed hosting services unit to IBM and these service capabilities will then be aligned by IBM with the IBM Cloud portfolio. IBM will also acquire equipment and access to floor space in AT & T data centers; currently supporting the applications and managed hosting operations. 

AT&T and IBM will thus enable companies to integrate networks more easily; and cloud workloads with their IT environments. After close, IBM will deliver the managed applications and managed hosting services AT&T provides today. The firm will continue to offer networking services, including security, cloud networking and mobility that it provides today. The two companies will work closely to innovate and deliver a full suite of integrated solutions to customers. 

“The announcement represents an expansion of our strategic relationship with AT&T and continuing collaboration to deliver new innovative solutions,” said Philip Guido, IBM General Manager of Global Technology Services for North America. “Working with AT&T, we will deliver a robust set of IBM Cloud and managed services that can continuously evolve to meet clients’ business objectives.” 

John Summers, Senior VP, AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions says that AT&T and IBM have worked together for nearly 20 years. “This is a natural expansion of our relationship, and it demonstrates our continued commitment to serve customers based on our respective strengths and capabilities.”