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AT&T, Microsoft Team To Boost Azure Enterprise Adoption

While the number of businesses adopting cloud computing continues to grow, some IT managers still can't get past the security concerns they have around turning some or all of their computing operations and data over to services outside their firewall.

This week AT&T and Microsoft struck a partnership under which AT&T will pair its virtual private network (VPN) technology with Microsoft's Windows Azure public cloud platform. The move will allow businesses to connect to Windows Azure using their VPN, completely bypassing the public Internet, which can be vulnerable to attacks, outages and other risks.

Solution providers told CRN that security concerns sometimes hinder enterprise cloud adoption and moves such as the AT&T-Microsoft alliance are a significant step toward removing those barriers.


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