AT&T Moving Thousands of Databases to Oracle’s Cloud

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 05/05/2017
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Two of the world’s largest tech companies are helping one another, as Oracle announced this week AT&T has signed an agreement to use the California-based company’s cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and will migrate “thousands” of databases.

In a joint press release, the companies announced AT&T will migrate thousands of existing Oracle databases to Oracle’s cloud. Those databases have been measured in petabytes, and will also move their application workloads as well.

“The agreement gives AT&T global access to Oracle’s cloud portfolio offerings both in the public cloud and on AT&T’s Integrated Cloud,” the statement said. “This includes Oracle’s IaaS, PaaS, Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) which help increase productivity, reduce IT costs and enable AT&T to gain new flexibility in how it implements SaaS applications across its global enterprise. AT&T has also agreed to implement Oracle’s Field Service Cloud (OFSC) to further optimize its scheduling and dispatching for its more than 70,000 field technicians. With OFSC, for example, AT&T will combine its existing machine learning and big data capabilities with Oracle’s technology to increase the productivity, on-time arrivals and job duration accuracy of AT&T’s field technicians.”

AT&T’s pursuit of virtualizing the network is a driving force behind the move. The company has led the industry when it comes to software-controlling the wide area network, and the company’s goal is to virtualize 75% of its core network functions by the end of the decade, attempting to hit 55% by the end of this year, the statement said.

We believe that the future of the network is to be data-powered, to be software-centric, and to be fast and responsive,” said John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations, in the statement. “We call this three-pronged approach AT&T Network 3.0 Indigo, and it’s all about enabling a seamless and intuitive network experience for our customers. This collaboration with Oracle accelerates our network transformation and migration to the cloud to expand efficiency, performance, and reduce cost while improving overall customer service.”

Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt