By Stephen Nakrosis
AT&T Inc. and Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday said they were teaming up to help customers connect machines and equipment to the cloud with "a new solution built on AT&T's global cellular network and Microsoft Azure Sphere."
The companies said the AT&T powered guardian device "combines the secured architecture of Azure Sphere, a comprehensive IoT security solution including hardware, OS and cloud services with Azure IoT services and the global and multi-layered security of AT&T's core network."
Companies will be able to connect devices and machines to their own cloud environment without needing to connect to a third-party Wi-Fi work connection, the companies said, adding the "guardian device is easy to install and provides an end-to-end solution for connecting machines and equipment to the cloud, bypassing the need for public Internet."
AT&T and Microsoft said they launched an extensive multi-year alliance last year.
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