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For Microsoft, which is chasing Amazon's web services in the cloud infrastructure market, AT&T is both an important buyer and a highly recognized brand. According to people familiar with the matter, the cooperation period between the two companies is 5 years, AT&T will use Microsoft's Azurecloud serviceMeet its computing needs and require more than 268,000 employees to use Microsoft 365 office software.
For AT&T, this collaboration with Microsoft is an important step towards the company of Public Cloud First, which is working to move non-network workloads to the cloud by 2024. . The day before the announcement of cooperation with Microsoft, IBM also announced a hybrid cloud partner, in which AT&T's business applications will be migrated to the IBM Cloud, while internal applications will rely on Red Hat, also affiliated with IBM.
John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, said in an interview with CNBC: "The ability to work with people who have a good track record in creating a business and reinventing themselves into digital form is a very important part of our choice of Microsoft." .
The agreement is a major victory for Microsoft, and Microsoft will become AT&T's preferred "cloud provider and is working hard to capture market share from Amazon's Amazon Web Services. Amazon is the world's largest provider of public cloud services. Cloud service customers run their software applications in the data center managed by cloud service provider operations.
Under the agreement, Microsoft and AT&T will also collaborate in the so-called "edge computing" field. Microsoft's technology will be used in conjunction with AT&T's upcoming 5G network for applications where data transmission delays are critical, such as drone air traffic control systems.
Microsoft CEO Nadella (Sayta NaDELLa) To Reuters, "our as a traditional software development tool company, coupled with AT&T's network operation capabilities, will have a unique effect. "