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AT&T and Microsoft Teams Up to Streamline Cloud Connectivity for IoT Globally
AT&T and Microsoft launched their extensive multi-year alliance last year. One area of focus is to enable new 5G, cloud, and edge computing solutions to drive enterprise capabilities for companies worldwide.
FREMONT, CA: AT&T and Microsoft are teaming up to allow enterprises to seamlessly connect machines and equipment to the cloud with highly secure network connectivity across the globe. As part of the effort, AT&T is working with Microsoft to deliver an integrated IoT solution with Azure Sphere. This AT&T powered guardian device with Azure Sphere will help businesses transform their operations quickly through massive IoT deployments at scale.
The AT&T powered guardian device is the latest example of how the two companies are working together through a strategic alliance to improve how people live and work today and in the future.
The new solution combines the secured architecture of Azure Sphere, a comprehensive IoT security solution including hardware, OS, and cloud services with Azure IoT services and the global and multi-layered security of AT&T's core network. The AT&T Global SIM provides connectivity in more than 200 countries across 500 carriers. It also offers managed services to support day-to-day operations.
"Our work with AT&T is a prime example of how the convergence of secure cloud computing and network technology helps businesses unlock new customer value and continuously simplify every aspect of our personal and professional lives," said Corey Sanders, corporate vice president, Microsoft Solutions.
The guardian device is easy to install and provides an end-to-end solution for connecting machines and equipment to the cloud, bypassing the public Internet's need. It provides fast and highly secure activation right out of the box and enables enterprises to easily connect existing equipment to the cloud and Azure IoT Central. With this, a wide variety of industries can rapidly deploy IoT applications relying on the combined security benefits of the AT&T cellular network with Azure Sphere device security.
"AT&T and Microsoft share the belief that technology should serve people," added Mo Katibeh, executive vice president and chief product and platform officer, AT&T Business. "Working with Microsoft we can offer a truly global solution with strong security and data insights that can help a broad array of industries simplify operations, manage costs, and become more agile in any market."