Level 3 Communications (LVLT) has announced a strategic relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver private, direct network connections to Microsoft Windows Azure as part of the Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions partner ecosystem. The collaborative effort provides businesses with a secure, high-performance network for global enterprises without compromising performance, productivity or revenue. Enterprises gain the ability to operate a more seamless IT environment between their corporate networks, data centers and the Windows Azure cloud platform.
"Microsoft has unmatched experience running data centers and cloud services at global scale," said Steven Martin, general manager of Windows Azure at Microsoft. "Private, direct network connections between Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and Windows Azure put our combined scale and global reach to work for enterprises, helping them to realize greater efficiencies and focus on their core business."
Additionally, the Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and Windows Azure will include computing and storage optimization, application performance, and improved security. Companies can virtualize network applications across on-premises infrastructure and Windows Azure without compromising security or performance. The joint services support MPLS-based Ethernet Virtual Private Line Service, Virtual Private LAN Service and IP/VPN Service, as well as Level 3's Security Solutions and Application Performance Management Services.
"Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and Windows Azure deliver a fast, reliable and cost-effective path for enterprises to migrate and optimize their cloud strategies," said Anthony Christie, chief marketing officer of Level 3. "Level 3 is driving a new, more efficient way to connect to the cloud, and our strategic relationship with Windows Azure represents the most recent addition to the global ecosystem we are developing to provide enterprises with greater choice and flexibility to operate within the cloud as a platform for future growth."