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AT&T NetBond® for Cloud Expands with AWS Direct Connect Bundles

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 AT&T’s Solution Provider Program for AWS’ co-marketing initiative also available for providers 

AT&T NetBond® for Cloud users gained enhanced connectivity to more than 100 additional cloud software and service providers hosted on the AWS platform as part of the new AWS Direct Connect (DX) Bundle.

“We are seeing more and more Business customers shifting to use SaaS applications in the cloud—in fact, IDC expects the worldwide SaaS market to reach $123B in 2020,” says AT&T SVP of Advanced Solutions, Mo Katibeh. “With NetBond for Cloud, users can bypass the public internet to connect to cloud solutions through a highly secure connection to a growing number of SaaS providers via AWS Direct Connect.”

 

“For many businesses, managing complex network deployments and security risks is a key priority when migrating information to the cloud,” says Terry Wise, VP, Channels and Alliances. “The capabilities we are working to provide with AT&T help address those issues by providing additional flexibility and control over an even greater number of AWS cloud services.”

 

“Brazos River Authority was very impressed with Software as a Service (SaaS) and decided to take advantage of the agility and cost effectiveness of the cloud, but we were concerned about providing our end users a consistent, predictable and highly secure connection,” said David Thompson, Chief Financial Officer, Brazos River Authority. “With NetBond for Cloud we can connect in minutes to the AWS Cloud and our enterprise resource management application, knowing that our network connection is private and delivers predictable performance when we need it, with the ability to scale on demand.”

 

Also starting today, AWS software and solution providers can join the AT&T NetBond for Cloud Solution Provider program. The program gives service providers a way to attract new customers by identifying AT&T NetBond for Cloud as a dynamic, flexible and highly secure connectivity option when used with AWS Direct Connect (DX) Bundles.

With AT&T’s Solution Provider Program for AWS, members can:

  • Increase Awareness: Gain exposure for their solutions through listing on business.att.com
  • Expand Reach: Allows global AT&T network users to connect from as many as 198 countries
  • Enhance Offers: Offer their clients greater confidence with a highly secure and high performing connectivity option to AWS hosted SaaS platforms

Akamai Partners with Girls Who Code

July 5, 2017

Akamai will serve as a host company for the organization's acclaimed seven-week Summer Immersion Program (taking place at Akamai from July 10 – August 24). This is the company's third year hosting the program.

The Summer Immersion Program will reach 1,600 rising 11th and 12th grade girls this summer across 80 programs in 11 cities including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

In addition to providing onsite computing skills training, volunteer mentors from Akamai will help the girls each week with activities such as updating their resumes, adding to their LinkedIn profiles, and presentation skills. Akamai will host a workshop with local experts in user-experience engineering, and a field trip is scheduled to Watson Health, where they will learn about artificial intelligence for medical diagnostics. In addition, the girls will participate in a 'How the Internet Works' game and tour of Akamai's state-of-the-art Network Operations Control Center (NOCC).

"The imbalance in the numbers of women focused on careers in computer science, software development and Internet technologies continues to be one of our industry's biggest challenges," said Dr. Tom Leighton, Chief Executive Officer at Akamai. "Partnering with Girls Who Code is an important step towards better preparing young women for technology jobs – an investment, we believe, that is vital to the future of technology and innovation."

"Too often girls don't pursue computer science because they've never been exposed to it, or they don't see the impact it can make on the world," said Girls Who Code Founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani. "Through our partnership with Akamai, we can show them, 'Look, you can do this. You can code this. This is a world that's open to you, and once you learn this skill set, the possibilities are endless.'"

93% of Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program participants said that because of the Summer Immersion Program, they now want to major in, or are interested in computer science. 84% of Girls Who Code alumni said they were likely to pursue a career in technology (source: Girls Who Code annual report, 2016).

"I am so proud of Akamai's continued strong support for Girls Who Code," said Kate Jenkins, Chief Architect of Mapping Engineering at Akamai and Akamai's technical advisor to the Girls Who Code program. "This program has a huge impact in inspiring girls to pursue careers in computer science. I want girls to know that this career path is open to them, and is filled with opportunities to work with smart, creative people to develop technology that shapes our world."

The seven-week Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program embeds classrooms in major media and tech companies and universities. Students learn the fundamentals of computer science from robotics to how to build a webpage while gaining exposure to the tech industry and mentorship from women working in technology. No prior coding experience is required.

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