AT&T signs up for Open Stack

James Stirling News
11 Jan, 2012

US telco AT&T is the latest company - and the first major US telco - to support the Open Stack project

The open source cloud platform Open Stack has signed up a major new
participant, AT&T has become the first leading telecoms provider to
sign up to the Open Stack initiative. Open Stack, which was set up by NASA and Rackspace in 2010, has 140 members, but has been noticeably short of traditional telcos.

AT&T’s CTO John Donovan said that while the company had just formally joined the Open Stack project, it had been working with it for a year and had already submitted a potential new function, on transactional task management, for the initiative

In a statement, Donovan said , “We’re housing our OpenStack capabilities on dedicated infrastructure in three AT&T data centres today, with locations in Dallas, San Diego and Secaucus, New Jersey.  We plan to more than double the number of our centres with open-source capabilities in 2012.”

The company has also launched a new cloud service, AT&T Cloud Architect aimed at developers rather than enterprises. According to Donovan developers’ cloud needs differ significantly from those of enterprises

He said that Cloud Architect would provide developers with a variety of options and configurations.  For example, he said, developers would be able to set up public and private computing instances or choose to build from the ground up with our bare metal or dedicated server options

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