Level 3 Adds New Self-Serve Capability to Cloud Connect Solutions

As enterprises find new ways to take advantage of the scale and agility afforded by the cloud, many find they need a network experience that can match the flexibility of the virtual environments to which they are connecting. To meet this demand, Level 3 Communications is making available a new self-serve capability as part of its Cloud Connect Solutions set for customers to maximize the potential of not just the cloud, but the networks connecting to it.

The new Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions feature is a scalable Ethernet offering enabling customers to host multiple virtual local area networks (VLANs) on a single Ethernet Virtual Circuit (EVC) from their data centers to Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the AWS Direct Connect service, which helps businesses optimize their cloud-based workloads.

“Enterprises today are looking for any advantage to stay competitive in our digitally transformed world. Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions is the next evolution in making the network experience like the cloud experience to put greater power and agility in customers’ hands,” says Paul Savill, SVP of Core Products for Level 3

Amazon Chime delivered by Level 3 can be leveraged for increased productivity and streamlined operations. Amazon Chime with Level 3 provides a secure, modern unified communications experience. Level 3 simplifies and accelerates how a user implements Amazon Chime across their business, and helps to integrate with existing hardware. In addition, Level 3’s dedicated UC&C team provides managed, enterprise-grade support.

“AWS and Level 3 have a solid track record of working together to provide solutions to businesses,” says Carlin Wiegner, General Manager of Amazon Chime, Amazon Web Services. “Our customers have told us that Amazon Chime takes the frustration out of meetings, with a single tool that helps ensure meetings start on time and gives employees high quality meetings with video, voice and chat. As an Advanced Partner in the AWS Partner Network, Level 3 is well suited to participate with us to deliver Amazon Chime.”

Level 3 is an AWS Direct Connect partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN). Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions leverages AWS Direct Connect to provide private connection to AWS cloud. Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions give customers the ability to add and remove VLANs to AWS, including the connections to their virtual private clouds in near real-time via the MyLevel3 portal or API. Customers can also share bandwidth across their Amazon virtual private cloud (Amazon VPC) instances.

As a private, direct connection to the cloud, Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions provide an additional layer of security for customers’ multi-cloud environments. When combined with Level 3 Adaptive Network Control Solutions, customers gain increased visibility and control, including granular, real-time reporting and the ability scale bandwidth up and down as business demands shift.

Customers can access this scalable Ethernet offering across Level 3’s Metro 2.0 Ethernet foot print of nearly 290 markets in North America, EMEA and APAC.

“Despite advances in conferencing technology, all too often online meetings are delayed by common pitfalls like call access coordinates and distractions from background noise,” says Cindy Whelan, Principal Analyst, Global IT Managed and Hosted Services at GlobalData. “Amazon Chime delivered by Level 3 gives Level 3‘s enterprise customers a new option for collaboration services, with one click to join meetings and noise cancelling audio that can add up to more productive meeting time.”

“The right communication tools are imperative to the success of any enterprise in the midst of digital transformation,” says Anthony Christie, CMO for Level 3.With Amazon Chime delivered by Level 3, customers have the benefit of AWS’s agility, coupled with Level 3‘s highly reliable and secure global network and high-touch support model, so they can focus on what matters most to their business.”

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