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John Potter, Vice President, Hosting, Applications and Cloud Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions

By John Potter

When I speak to enterprise CIOs about the cloud, one issue comes up in conversation more than any other: security.

As the momentum grows around cloud services, enterprises are starting to move toward this model of computing, recognizing the benefits they can gain in terms of flexibility and scalability. However, the anticipated revolution is more of a slow evolution with a significant number of large businesses still sitting on the sidelines. The main reason for their reluctance: concerns over reliability, performance, and most of all, security.

The cloud may be a relatively new concept, but these concerns aren’t. For businesses, customer data and intellectual property are often the currency with the highest value. They demand a cloud that lets them protect this data using the same enterprise-grade security they’ve experienced in their existing corporate networks. They want to know that their most important currency is protected as it travels to and from the cloud.

I can relate, as can many of us who live in Northern New Jersey and frequent the great city beyond the Hudson.  We expect a journey that doesn’t expose us to the harsh conditions and dangers of swimming across it to get there and get back. We get into our car and tunnel under. It’s safer. It’s faster.  We manage the traffic along the way and optimize our route. And we arrive looking no differently than when we departed.

CIOs want the same thing from the cloud. They don’t want their precious apps and data to have a slow, dangerous and potentially damaging experience.

We think we have an answer for this. We’re collaborating with IBM to offer a ‘network-enabled’ cloud solution that uses AT&T virtual private networking and a breakthrough technology developed in the AT&T Labs to tightly integrate the security protections of both. Just like driving through the Holland or Lincoln tunnels to get to Manhattan, this means businesses can quickly, reliably – and securely – move information or apps between their own datacenters and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+.

So now, companies can dive into the cloud. Without having to get their feet wet.

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