Level 3 Integrates Equinix Cloud Exchange into Cloud Ecosystem
Direct connections to the largest infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers are gaining in popularity, and now Equinix's overall cloud solutions portfolio for direct connections is expanding again—this time through Level 3 Communications.
Direct connections to the largest infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers are gaining in popularity, and now Equinix‘s overall cloud solutions portfolio for direct connections is expanding again—this time through Level 3 Communications.
Level 3 has integrated Cloud Exchange into its Cloud Connect Solutions ecosystem, which provides enterprises and government agencies with a secure, high-performance alternative to access cloud services providers’ offerings using the public Internet. Level 3 currently connects to 80 Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers across four continents, which the companies noted enables organizations to easily deploy global public, private and hybrid cloud solutions.
“By combining Level 3’s network with the Equinix Cloud Exchange, we are making it easier for our customers to grow and improve the efficiency of their business operations with access to a broader range of cloud services,” said Anthony Christie, Level 3’s chief marketing officer, in a prepared statement. “With pre-established network-to-network interfaces (NNIs) from Level 3 to Equinix, combined with Level 3’s dynamic bandwidth capability, customers can quickly turn up and scale their cloud solutions.”
It looks like more and more companies, particularly those with large amounts of data and applications to move from traditional infrastructure to the cloud, are taking advantage of such direct connections, which include the likes of Amazon DirectConnect and Azure ExpressRoute—both of which are available through Equinix’s Cloud Exchange.
But with this agreement between Level 3 and Equinix, the two companies are promising increased benefits, including:
- Improved performance. Level 3 guarantees throughput, low latency, custom-designed solutions and up to four times the network performance of “more congested public networks.”
- Enhanced security. The private network connections Level 3 will offer to Equinix Cloud Exchange are physically isolated from the Internet, granting a certain level of security, but Level 3 also has its own suite of security services to enhance IT protection.
- Greater efficiency. According to Level 3, the agreement with Equinix will provide customers with the ability to scale quickly, access bandwidth dynamically and only pay for what they use with Level 3’s VPN services connecting to Equinix Cloud Exchange.
“Businesses are looking for proven ways to manage business-critical applications in the cloud without impacting performance,” said Sara Baack, chief marketing officer at Equinix, in a prepared statement. “The combination of Level 3’s network and the Equinix Cloud Exchange offers enterprises a simple way to interconnect to the services they need to build sophisticated hybrid cloud solutions.”