Light Reading

Level 3 Cloud Connects Digital Realty

Carol Wilson
4/29/2014
50%
50%

In the latest indication of how networks and clouds are becoming more tightly interconnected, data center infrastructure provider Digital Realty today said it will offer its data center customers private, direct connections to the cloud infrastructure via Level 3 Communications' Cloud Connect solutions.

The service starts with two of the largest direct cloud connections: the AWS Direct Connect and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. (See Digital Realty Taps Level 3 for Cloud Connections.)

Level 3 Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT) announced its direct connections to Amazon Web Services LLC and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) earlier and will be adding other cloud ecosystems, says its CMO Anthony Christie, as enterprises look to move to the cloud with services that are scalable and secure. (See Level 3 Offers Private Links to Cloud.)

Digital Realty Trust Inc. builds the physical infrastructure for data centers, providing the building, power and support structure for enterprises, service providers, and Internet companies, and until recently, wasn't engaged in helping its customers make network connections.

"This is a seachange," says Digital Realty CTO Jim Smith. "We were viewed as passive real estate providers for their data center infrastructure. As we have engaged more with the cloud teams, enterprises are now looking to us for more help. There is a rise in the complexity of all this that is fueling us all."

By offering direct connections to the AWS and Azure clouds within its data centers, Digital Realty can help enterprises adopt hybrid cloud approaches that more closely mirror what they need to support the range of applications they want to push into the cloud, without requiring them to have the networking expertise.

"These apps have been in private data centers and campus data centers for decades and it's not an insignificant undertaking to make that step to the cloud, whether it's public, private, or hybrid," Christie says. "Enterprises are saying they want to save money and increase security and have a bit more scalability so they can start to migrate those apps into the public cloud or a hybrid cloud in the data center."

The direct connections offer lower latency and secure private connections that have higher appeal for some apps, he adds.

Smith says the direct connection to Level 3's services will let Digital Realty offer its customers lower costs as well as reduced complexity. The deal isn't exclusive to either party and, at first, covers 14 markets within Digital Realty's global footprint which includes 131 properties.

Cloud services are becoming an increasingly important part of Level 3's service portfolio, as data center revenues constitute more than 10% of its total revenues, and the company continues to expand its global data center footprint.

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
DOShea
50%
50%
DOShea,
User Rank: Blogger
4/30/2014 | 12:43:26 PM
Re: The network is the cloud
For Level 3, it's one of the ingredients in the carrier's increasing success in the enterprise sector. L3 just reported oretty positive first quarter earnings today thanks in large part to its enteprise growth.
Carol Wilson
100%
0%
Carol Wilson,
User Rank: Blogger
4/29/2014 | 12:33:59 PM
The network is the cloud
This is hardly a surprising trend - in fact, I think it was predicted in 2011 -- but tighter links between the network and the cloud are becoming de facto. Level 3 is clearly making a push to provide cloud connections, unlike other SPs who have their own cloud services units. 
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Networks of the future will rely on "white box" switches and servers rather than proprietary hardware and that's going to alter the shape of the communications industry. Who says so? John Chambers.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Intros Smart Device for eLTE

3|30|15   |   05:25   |   (0) comments


Huawei has developed a secure, location-aware multimedia smartphone for its eLTE trunked radio solution, says Huawei's Norman Frisch.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Win Video, Win All

3|30|15   |   06:44   |   (0) comments


Video is going to be the next main source of revenue for operators. Operators have big opportunities and advantages to monetize video services. Globally, Huawei has helped more than 70 operators achieve over 30 million video subscribers. Watch this video for more.
LRTV Custom TV
The Benefits of HyperScale Clouds for NFV

3|27|15   |   01:50   |   (0) comments


Hyperscale cloud has been developed by the Internet giants to support the creation and delivery of software-based services at blistering speeds, and at the lowest possible cost. The original ETSI NFV vision was to adopt hyperscale cloud architecture and practices. This vision has become somewhat obscured along the way, due to misunderstandings about the hyperscale ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
eLTE Rapid Meets the Need for Speed

3|26|15   |   4:45   |   (0) comments


Designed especially for emergency and dedicated ad hoc local mobile communications coverage, Huawei's eLTE Rapid solution can deliver trunked voice, video and data coverage for multiple users over a 6km range and be set up in just 15 minutes, explains Huawei's Norman Frisch.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
On Videos: Challenges & Opportunities

3|26|15   |   5:56   |   (0) comments


Most everything is now connected. And along with 4K and 4G technologies, everyone could be creating and broadcasting video contents. Users are expecting better video experience with any screen, anywhere and anytime. Operators will meet new challenges, but also see some big opportunities.
LRTV Custom TV
JDSU: Delivering Dynamic Networks for a Personalized Experience

3|26|15   |   5:59   |   (0) comments


Light Reading speaks to JDSU at Mobile World Congress 2015 about new solutions in the areas of HetNets, VoLTE, backhaul, virtualization, big data analytics, and real-time intelligence.
LRTV Custom TV
Smarter Service Chaining & New Ways to Benefit From Qosmos Technology

3|25|15   |   03:11   |   (0) comments


David Le Goff, director of strategic and product marketing at Qosmos, explains how the company has added application awareness to subscriber information to make service chaining more efficient and reduce costs for networking and infrastructure. In addition, Qosmos technology, which has been delivered as C libraries, is now also available as a virtual machine, ...
Between the CEOs
Qosmos CEO: The Changing Face of DPI

3|24|15   |   13:53   |   (0) comments


LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures. Also, how the comms market is becoming more like the automotive industry.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
FC Schalke Scores With Its Agile Stadium

3|24|15   |   6:23   |   (0) comments


Top German soccer club FC Schalke 04 has deployed a new, agile WiFi network from Huawei in its Veltins-Arena stadium and is reaping the benefits in terms of customer satisfaction and business opportunities, explains marketing chief Alexander Jobst.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Insights on Mobile Video

3|24|15   |   7:51   |   (0) comments


More people than ever are now watching videos on smartphones. Seventy percent of mobile traffic will be video traffic until 2018. In this video, Huawei's exports give their insights on mobile video in terms of business model, network planning and 4G network construction.
LRTV Documentaries
The Rise of Industry 4.0

3|24|15   |   02:26   |   (9) comments


Are you ready for the fourth industrial revolution? It's a big deal for influential operators such as Deutsche Telekom.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Getting Connected With eLTE

3|23|15   |   06:04   |   (0) comments


Trunked radio communications have entered the 4G LTE world, and with Huawei's eLTE solution, can now deliver a full range of data and video services as well as push-to-talk voice, explains Huawei's Norman Frisch.
Upcoming Live Events
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 5, 2015, Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
May 6, 2015, Georgia World Congress, Atlanta, GA
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
AT&T Woos SMBs With Small-Scale WiFi
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 3/26/2015
Just Don't Say IBM Is 'Relaunching' Networking Business
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 3/26/2015
Average US Broadband Speeds No Great Shakes
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 3/25/2015
The Rise of Industry 4.0
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 3/24/2015
Google Hires Wall Street's Most Influential Woman as CFO
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 3/24/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures.
Chattanooga’s EPB publicly owned utility comms company has become a poster child for how to enable a local economy using next-gen networking technology. Steve Saunders, Founder of Light Reading, sits down with Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB, to learn how EPB is bringing big time tech to small town America.
Cats with Phones
Interspecies Phone Love Click Here
"No, you hang up."
"No, YOU hang up."
Latest Comment