IBM is teaming up with AT&T to take advantage of the latter's new offering AT&T FlexWare that is designed to make it easy to set up and manage virtual network functions (VNFs) on a single device. Under the partnership, IBM's sales team will sell AT&T's FlexWare virtual network management tools.
AT&T FlexWare, launched early this week and which was formerly called AT&T Network Functions on Demand, is available globally through the AT&T Network on Demand platform. The solution features both software-defined networking and network function virtualization technologies.
By taking advantage of IBM’s sales and marketing teams, the two companies are extending their global reach to bring new capabilities and additional cost savings to companies. AT&T will also be able to run applications on IBM’s cloud, cognitive, analytics and security infrastructure. In addition to making this available to clients, IBM has begun to roll out AT&T FlexWare in many of its own sites.
Both companies have previously partnered to develop solutions to help support the Internet of Things (IoT).