AT&T partners with IBM for cloud hosting, edge computing: 4 notes

AT&T and IBM have signed a multiyear partnership, in which IBM will serve as the main developer and cloud provider for AT&T Business' operations and AT&T will contribute its 5G capabilities to IBM's edge computing platforms.

Here are four things to know about the multiyear strategic alliance:

1. IBM Cloud and the open-source platform from recent IBM acquisition Red Hat will provide infrastructure to support AT&T Business' operations. IBM will also help manage the multicloud IT infrastructure for AT&T as a whole.

2. In return, AT&T Business will become IBM's primary provider of software-defined networking, combining its 5G, edge computing and "internet of things" technology with Red Hat's multicloud capabilities to improve IBM's networking solutions.

3. Together, the companies will develop edge computing platforms, using 5G technology to connect devices and sensors across clients' networks.

4. The cost of the agreement was not disclosed, but CNBC reports that it was a multibillion dollar deal.

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