The cloud services space got a little more crowded today as AT&T announced that the company will be tackling online storage with the help of EMC. AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service is being pitched to enterprises as a way to avoid maintaining, powering and building out costly storage infrastructures or reducing the cost of non-transaction data that’s occupying space on pricey SANs.
Nothing you haven’t heard before, true, but there’s something to get excited in the form of EMC’s Atmos “virtual private storage cloud,” a metadata-rich and business policy driven technology that grants access to your newly floaty data via a browser or directly in a VPN-esque manner.
Data is stored in AT&T’s U.S. based Internet data centers (IDCs). Select customers will be kicking the tires on on the service this month with an official launch to follow in the third quarter.