Today, Alphabet's unit Google Cloud and AT&T announced a collaboration to help enterprises take advantage of Google Cloud’s technologies and capabilities using AT&T network connectivity at the edge, including 5G.
Additionally, AT&T and Google Cloud intend to deliver a portfolio of 5G edge computing solutions that bring together AT&T’s network, Google Cloud’s technologies, and edge computing.
These edge computing solutions will be powered by AT&T’s network and will utilize Google Cloud’s core capabilities in Kubernetes, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), data and analytics, and other leading technologies delivered across a global footprint. By bringing Google Cloud compute and capabilities to the edge, businesses can move infrastructure from centralized locations to these edges and run applications closer to end users, thereby minimizing latency and providing stronger security.
These edge computing solutions can span multiple industries, including manufacturing, retail, transportation, local enterprise 5G, and gaming.
In addition to developing new solutions, Google Cloud and AT&T will collaborate to enable independent software vendors, solutions providers, developers, and other technology companies to build new solutions using Google Cloud, the AT&T Network Edge, and their own capabilities.
Cloud sales are central to Google’s strategy to expand beyond its core ads business. Last month, the company released cloud unit revenue for the first time while rivals Amazon.com and Microsoft have continued to show impressive growth.
Amazon Web Services, the largest provider of cloud computing services, in December announced a push with Verizon Communications Inc. to sell cloud-based edge computing services. Microsoft, No. 2 in the cloud market, also has a strategic alliance with AT&T.