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BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. [ ] announced today it will connect Digital Realty Trust, Inc [ ]. customers in 14 major markets in the U.S. and Europe to its growing cloud ecosystem that includes Amazon Web Services (AWS Direct Connect) and Microsoft Azure (ExpressRoute). Digital Realty looks to Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions to provide its data center customers with secure, high-performance private network access to cloud platforms. As a result of this relationship, Digital Realty customers will gain the ability to migrate and operate business-critical applications in a hybrid cloud environment that delivers greater performance, security and flexibility.

A hybrid cloud environment offers Digital Realty customers the ability to centralize IT management and also gain the flexibility to respond to changing business needs as a result of data and storage growth. For example, leveraging Level 3's virtual private network services, Digital Realty customers can dynamically scale their bandwidth and only pay for what they consume as demand for computing capacity spikes, say during the holiday shopping season. In a hybrid environment, transferring large data sets is expedited with greater bandwidth capacity, which also improves the performance of real-time voice and data feeds.

"This relationship with Level 3 enables us to facilitate connections for our clients to AWS or Azure globally with Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions in a seamless and highly secure manner," said Digital Realty Interim CEO, Bill Stein. "As our clients' capacity and connectivity needs grow, it's our goal to facilitate their easy access to a broad range of solution providers. Our alliance with Level 3 and their growing cloud ecosystem play a key role in the breadth of support we can extend to our clients."

Level 3 Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT)

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