AT&T Opens First Data Centre in India
Bangalore, India, December 11, 2008 — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that it has opened its first data centre in Bangalore, India. The new data centre will help meet the growing demand from multinational customers in India for online data centres with highly resilient facilities, a wide range of IT infrastructure management services, supported by excellent customer services.
The new Bangalore facility is part of AT&T's previously announced US$1 billion planned global network and portfolio investment for 2008. Data centre customers will have access to a wide range of AT&T's fully integrated managed hosting, application and networking services to support their data and e-commerce needs. Connectivity to the centre can be supported with AT&T's existing suite of managed data services in India.
The new centres are built to the same rigid specifications consistent with AT&T's other global data centres and are enabled with services that proactively manage customers' hosting solutions for predictable application performance. They are protected from intrusion and failure with the same multi-layered security, failsafe redundancy, diversity measures, and rapid response recovery measures built into each AT&T data centre.
"The new Bangalore centre underscores AT&T's commitment to the rapidly expanding telecommunications sector in India and highlights the rapidly growing demand in this market," said Gopi Gopinath, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Global Network Services India.
"With the further enhancement of our hosting facilities in the Asia Pacific region, AT&T will be able to support multinational customers in India who turn to AT&T for integrated hosting and network solutions, allowing them to focus on running their businesses."
The new centre is directly connected to AT&T's global MPLS backbone to offer a rich portfolio of hosting solutions with unparalleled network performance and features. Among them are greater agility when making real-time changes to IT environments, more control to extend applications to the customer's premises or to other data centres, and the ability to include 'on network' capabilities in a customer solution.
In addition, AT&T offers capabilities designed to deliver greater efficiencies for hosting customers through the use of technologies such as server virtualization, application acceleration and patent-pending visual management tools, all of which are integrated with AT&T's network services. These and other services allow AT&T to deliver hosted solutions all the way through the full application lifecycle.
The addition of the Bangalore facility is AT&T's latest milestone in expanding its hosting footprint in India and Asia. AT&T recently announced availability of its next-generation utility computing service for business customers in Asia through the opening of the first 'super IDC' in Singapore. Super IDCs act as regional gateways to deliver AT&T Synaptic HostingSM. The AT&T Synaptic Hosting platform creates a virtual infrastructure that lets customers add computing capacity, bandwidth and storage space as needed in order to use applications and services delivered from the network cloud. The platform further allows customers to adjust capacity while paying only for the amount used.
Four other super IDCs opened at the same time — in Amsterdam, which is the European hub, along with three locations in the U.S.
In October 2006, AT&T became the first global telecom operator to secure national long distance and international long distance licenses in India through AT&T Global Network Services India, an AT&T joint venture. AT&T Global Network Services India began commercial services in early 2007 and has the capability of providing AT&T's global customers who are operating in India with the same standard of communications services that they enjoy from AT&T elsewhere in the world. In November 2007, AT&T designated India as a separate operating region, to optimize focus on the burgeoning demand for telecom services in India.
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