ATT Steps up the ante…

http://telephonyonline.com/business_services/news/att-managed-it-services-space-0303/

ATT has announced that they will begin to offer client owned managed services – basically, ATT will manage your IT as it sits on your site if you purchase that equipment thru them – as the article relays, ATT is offering nearly all 7 layers of the OSI stack as a solution.

I think that their challenges will be the onsite administration of these units and redundancy in connnectivity.  Even though the clear objective is to earn the client and then, over time, centrlize them – this household name will give rise to the “crossing of the chasm” here on the managed infrastructure.

I do think this will stimulate a large uptick in managed services demand along with the other players soon to get into game like IBM, HP & Cisco – Cisco I think is better poised to take on ATT for the SOHO/Mid sized market play

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