Light Reading
Connection deal with data center infrastructure company boosts Level 3's direct connections to AWS and Microsoft Azure.

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
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Building the Case for NFV

12|19|14   |   02:14   |   (0) comments


At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development at CenturyLink, talks about how the US operator is approaching virtual network functions from an operational and business case perspective.
LRTV Interviews
Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
LRTV Documentaries
EE: The Road to 5G

12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
LRTV Documentaries
US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
LRTV Interviews
How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
LRTV Interviews
How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
LRTV Documentaries
Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
LRTV Interviews
TWC Business Looks Beyond $3B

12|10|14   |     |   (0) comments


TWC Business Services chief Phil Meeks explains how his unit has reached $3 billion in annual revenues and what its plans are for next year.
Upcoming Live Events
February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Hot Topics
T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
Comcast Launches 4K Streaming Service
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 12/18/2014
US Carriers, You're Going to Cuba!
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/18/2014
T-Mobile Lights Up 27 Wideband LTE Cities
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/15/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive