23 January 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
In a pair of deals, AT&T is making its switched Ethernet services available via Equinix data centres and offering its FlexWare solution to Tech Mahindra clients.
The agreement with Equinix means that businesses in Equinix
International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres will be able
to use AT&T’s switched Ethernet service with
network on demand.
AT&T said the service offered at Equinix will enable
intelligence across cloud service providers, and brings
connectivity and expanded interconnection opportunities closer
to where businesses operate.
"This is a critical move for many customers as they continue on
their digital transformation and look to adopt technologies
that require optimal speed and performance," said Roman
Pacewicz, chief product officer at AT&T Business.
"Our work with Equinix lets us deliver the physical
infrastructure and network connectivity options to support our
customers’ evolving business needs."
This expansion lets AT&T customers use the extensive cloud
density available at Equinix facilities, using applications
such as augmented and virtual reality that require high
bandwidth and low latency for optimal performance.
"Cloud and data centre services must offer the scalability and
reliability that IT managers require, while helping enterprises
rapidly scale their operations globally," said Charles Meyers,
Equinix’s president for strategy, services and
innovation. "AT&T’s network expansion is
coming at the right time for our customers. As businesses are
increasingly adopting the cloud, we are providing customers
with the agility, connectivity and interconnection
opportunities they need to compete and grow their businesses on
a global scale."
AT&T switched Ethernet service with network on demand is
currently available at Equinix IBX data centres in Atlanta,
Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley and
The Tech Mahindra deal will allow it to offer
AT&T’s FlexWare to its global clients as well
as use it internally. AT&T said that "FlexWare is a
transformative, global network infrastructure solution" that
"reduces hardware requirements and streamlines operations so
companies become more agile and responsive to their IT and
Tech Mahindra senior vice president Ashish Julka said:
"AT&T FlexWare is a state-of-the-art product which we
believe delivers significant value to enterprise customers in
their network transformation journey." He added: "This is
another significant milestone in our strategic relationship
The companies said that "the platform makes it easy to set up
and manage virtual network functions on a single device
reducing dependence on physical network appliances. This helps
businesses become more agile and save costs."
Tech Mahindra intends to combine AT&T FlexWare with its
system integration and services portfolio, and offer the
solutions to its global clients.
At AT&T, Pacewicz said: "AT&T FlexWare enables
intelligence at the edge that will help businesses analyse,
protect and refine their networks. And it’s
adaptable. You can easily revise for future changes and
incorporate new technologies to stay ahead." The Tech Mahindra
deal "will make the platform available to more businesses