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February 11, 2011

Level 3 Enhances Data Center Networking Portfolio

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Level 3 Communications has announced enhancements to its data center networking portfolio. These enhancements are designed to help enterprise customers to meet increasing data center connectivity requirements, as well as better manage costs.

The enhanced portfolio now includes storage area networking (SAN) fiber channel protocol, dark fiber and managed fiber solutions to provide enterprises with a comprehensive suite of scalable network services that will facilitate data management and storage.

There is an increasing demand for bandwidth between corporate
data centers as enterprises adopt virtualization, and storage requirements continue to grow. A number of enterprises are seeking to gain better control over their communications expenses while also increasing the agility and power of their IT services.

With the new additions in Level 3’s Data Center Networking Portfolio, the company is able to deliver a complete package of reliable, scalable and economical solutions to enable enterprises to efficiently interconnect company facilities and data centers throughout the world.

“Level 3 has solved a complex part of delivering virtualized IT services with their new native fiber channel solution. The ability to replicate and backup data in real time will enable both enterprise and service provider customers to fully leverage the operational and economic benefits of public and private cloud solutions,” said Ken Cheng, vice president of Service Provider Products for Brocade (News - Alert), in a statement. Brocade is a provider of data center, enterprise and service provider infrastructure solutions.

The enhancements in Level 3’s Data Center Networking Portfolio were driven by the company’s depth of experience in developing data center network designs for content, high-tech and financial services companies.

In an independent survey conducted by Harris Interactive (News - Alert), more than 230 mid-market and large enterprise decision influencers indicated that nearly four out of five companies – or 78 percent – replicate data between
data centers, which underscores the significant storage and bandwidth requirements necessary for enterprises today.

With these increasing demands, more than one in five enterprise decision influencers – or 22 percent – indicated that they were using 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) transport to connect their data centers. Level 3’s enhanced portfolio has been designed with these findings in mind and offers a direct response to the mounting needs in the industry.

“Level 3 combines local service and a global reach over an advanced optical network, offering a full range of options for enterprises looking to improve their operational proficiency,” said Paul Savill, senior vice president of Transport and Infrastructure Services for Level 3. “By enhancing this portfolio of services, we are better equipped to serve our enterprise customers’ evolving needs and demonstrate our commitment to meet the increasing demand for comprehensive service solutions.”

In other Level 3 news, TMCnet
recently reported that the company has teamed up with Progress Software to improve customer retention through a proactive Customer Experience Management strategy. 


Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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