Level 3 and Digital Realty Join Forces to Provide Secure, High-Performance
Network Access to Leading Cloud Services
BROOMFIELD, Colorado, April 29, 2014
-- Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions Give Digital Realty Data Center Customers
Private Connectivity to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure
BROOMFIELD, Colorado, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications,
Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) announced today it will connect Digital Realty Trust, Inc .
(NYSE: DLR) customers in 14 major markets in the U.S. and Europe to its
growing cloud ecosystem that includes Amazon Web Services (AWS Direct Connect)
and Microsoft Azure (ExpressRoute). Digital Realty looks to Level 3 Cloud
Connect Solutions to provide its data center customers with secure,
high-performance private network access to cloud platforms. As a result of
this relationship, Digital Realty customers will gain the ability to migrate
and operate business-critical applications in a hybrid cloud environment that
delivers greater performance, security and flexibility.
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A hybrid cloud environment offers Digital Realty customers the ability to
centralize IT management and also gain the flexibility to respond to changing
business needs as a result of data and storage growth. For example, leveraging
Level 3's virtual private network services, Digital Realty customers can
dynamically scale their bandwidth and only pay for what they consume as demand
for computing capacity spikes, say during the holiday shopping season. In a
hybrid environment, transferring large data sets is expedited with greater
bandwidth capacity, which also improves the performance of real-time voice and
"This relationship with Level 3 enables us to facilitate connections for our
clients to AWS or Azure globally with Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions in a
seamless and highly secure manner," said Digital Realty Interim CEO, Bill
Stein. "As our clients' capacity and connectivity needs grow, it's our goal to
facilitate their easy access to a broad range of solution providers. Our
alliance with Level 3 and their growing cloud ecosystem play a key role in the
breadth of support we can extend to our clients."
Through this alliance, Digital Realty can help its customers reduce costs
related to cloud adoption, improve application performance and provide the
ability to scale connections based on each customer's needs at any given time.
Additionally, Digital Realty customers will gain the flexibility to choose the
cloud model and cloud provider that best meets their needs, access bandwidth
dynamically and pay only for what they use. Bandwidth can be scaled more
quickly and efficiently, and customers can leverage the cost savings
associated with operating a hybrid cloud environment.
"We are proud to bring Digital Realty into our Cloud Connect Solutions
ecosystem. It affords both Digital Realty customers and Level 3 enterprise and
government customers greater utility as they migrate their applications to
cloud environments," said Anthony Christie, chief marketing officer of Level
3. "By providing a seamless bridge between Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and
Digital Realty data centers, we can help organizations transform and scale
their IT and networking architecture. Enterprises need that level of
performance when connecting to the cloud."
About Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions offer
the underlying network connectivity and services for global enterprises to
more effectively integrate the cloud into their evolving IT architecture.
Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions provide private network access to leading
cloud and data center services to deliver critical enterprise applications and
information with greater performance, security and flexibility than the public
Internet or other networks. Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions offer multiple
ways to connect enterprises with cloud and data center services, including
MPLS/IPVPN, Virtual Private Line Service, Ethernet Virtual Private Line,
Ethernet Private Line and Wavelength services. For more information about
Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions, visit www.level3.com/cloudconnectsolutions .
About Digital Realty Trust Digital Realty Trust, Inc. focuses on delivering
customer-driven data center solutions by providing secure, reliable and
cost-effective facilities that meet each customer's unique data center needs.
Digital Realty's customers include domestic and international companies across
multiple industry verticals ranging from financial services, cloud and
information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, health care and
consumer products. Digital Realty's 131 properties, including 12 properties
held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprised approximately
24.5 million square feet as of December 31, 2013, including approximately 1.8
million square feet of space under active development and 1.3 million square
feet of space held for future development. Digital Realty's portfolio is
located in 33 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company
Overview, which is available on the Investors page of Digital Realty's website
at http://www.digitalrealty.com .
About Level 3 Communications Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a
Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications
services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3's
comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and
infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area
Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based
solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in over 60
countries across a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks
on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more
information, please visit www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter ,
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Information under the caption "About Digital Realty Trust" has been provided
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or beliefs. These forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of
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many of which are outside Level 3's control, which could cause actual events
to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements.
Important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals
include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to: manage risks
associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; increase revenue
from its services to realize its targets for financial and operating
performance; maintain and increase traffic on its network; develop and
maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network
failures or disruptions; avert the breach of its network and computer system
security measures; develop new services that meet customer demands and
generate acceptable margins; manage the future expansion or adaptation of its
network to remain competitive; defend intellectual property and proprietary
rights; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for
communications services; obtain capacity for its network from other providers
and interconnect its network with other networks on favorable terms; attract
and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate
future acquisitions; effectively manage political, legal, regulatory, foreign
currency and other risks it is exposed to due to its substantial international
operations; mitigate its exposure to contingent liabilities; and meet all of
the terms and conditions of its debt obligations. Additional information
concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press
release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is
under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update
or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events, or otherwise.
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