CenturyLink launches on-demand cloud connectivity

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CenturyLink has launched Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections, a new service that enables on-demand connectivity to cloud and data center environments.

According to CenturyLink, the service provides enterprises with increased control over their networks and gives them the ability to easily self-provision connections on-demand through a secure portal or via API integration.

Dynamic Connections – which is part of CenturyLink’s Cloud Connect portfolio – enables real-time creation and deletion of private Ethernet connections to cloud service providers. Customers can dynamically connect across hybrid cloud workloads including their private cloud and data center locations, as well as within a cloud provider such as Amazon Web Services.

The service leverages SDN technology and is delivered over private MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 connections across CenturyLink’s redundant global fiber network. As a private Layer 2 network, the connection is inherently secure and minimizes exposure to external threats, the carrier says.

This new capability makes it easier for enterprises to leverage flexible, high performance networking in a variety of configurations. With CenturyLink Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections, enterprises can quickly and easily connect locations on CenturyLink’s fiber network of more than 2,200 public and private data centers and over 100,000 on-net enterprise buildings to cloud service providers across the globe.

Billing works on a pay-as-you-go model. Every dynamic connection is on an hourly rate with no long-term contract and no early termination fees. That said, customers must have a master services agreement for network services with CenturyLink with minimum term and early termination fees to access the Dynamic Connections service.

“Delivery of a traditional switched Ethernet circuit, from contract sign to turn up, averages close to 60 days for many carriers, making services such as CenturyLink’s Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections, which can turn up the same service in a matter of minutes, incredibly valuable,” said Fedor Smith, president of Atlantic-ACM. “The on-demand environment enabled by cloud services will no longer be shackled by the time restraints of traditional network implementation or limited to inter-data center connectivity.

Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections is available across North America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

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