Redmond, Washington – (The Hosting News) – August 4, 2006 – AT and T Inc., has signed a contract with Microsoft Corp., to provide co-location hosting and Internet connectivity for its newly launched Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services (EHS).
The service offers fully managed messaging services that are designed to assist organizations protect themselves from e-mail-borne malware, satisfy retention requirements for compliance, encrypt data to preserve confidentiality, and preserve access to e-mail during and after emergency situations. The deal creates a networking solution for the Microsoft EHS platform, which supports AT and T Secure E-Mail Gateway service, to maximize performance for enterprise customers.
The contract with AT and T provides Internet Data Center (IDC) space and Internet connectivity to support EHS services, including Hosted Filtering (policy, anti-spam, and antivirus message filtering), Hosted Archive, Hosted Continuity, and Hosted Encryption. Leveraging the long-standing relationship between the two companies, Microsoft looked to AT and T for an expeditious implementation.
Eron Kelly, Director of Exchange Server Marketing at Microsoft Corp. explained, ”AT and T is a trusted global provider of IP-based communications services with a proven track record and Microsoft highly values this relationship. Our customers rely on Exchange Hosted Services to help protect their network from the growing number of viruses and spam, and we are thrilled to work with AT and T to meet this demand.”
AT and T’s Secure E-Mail Gateway Service, based on the Microsoft EHS platform, offers enterprise business customers a variety of benefits, including virus scanning, content filtering and spam filtering. The features are designed to enable enterprises to lower total cost of ownership of enterprise message security while off-loading its scarce IT resources.
Chris Costello, Director of Hosting and Utility Computing at AT and Toffered, ”With our industry-leading global IP network, AT and T has a unique opportunity to strengthen the Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services offering. We’ve worked diligently to create an efficient and highly functional hosting portfolio, leveraging the assets and strengths of the new AT and T to meet the various needs of our clients.”
AT and T Inc. is one of the world’s largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT and T brand, AT and T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high speed Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT and T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with 55.8 million wireless customers.
To learn more, please visit: www.att.com.