A secure, real-time connection for your hybrid cloud environments—deployed when your business needs it.
CenturyLink® Dynamic Connections provides you with secure, real-time connectivity between your on-site data centers and cloud environments. Through a secure portal or API integration, you can connect or disconnect from your locations, in a matter of minutes. Its advantages include:
Dynamic Connections: fast and flexible connectivity to cloud environments
CenturyLink brings the network and cloud to you; no more multiple hops across data centers that you may experience using other cloud exchanges.
The 2,200+ third-party data centers that make up our network span North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
No long-term contract is required. You will only ever pay an hourly rate for the bandwidth you use to better manage operational expenses.
The CenturyLink network uses award-winning private MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 connections, and offers a range of bandwidths: 10 Mbps, 20 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 500 Mbps 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, and 3 Gbps.
Establish secure, high-performance cloud and data center connections
Respond quickly to enterprise demands and better manage operational expenses related to activations, deletions, and changes.
Enable your regional branches to be closer to your cloud on-ramps for better performance and latency.
Use self-service capabilities to provision a connection in no time flat.
Manage your data and workloads within a trusted network perimeter defined by you, minimizing risk exposure.
Microsoft Azure: greater flexibility for managing your cloud workloads
Due to the expansive footprint of Microsoft Azure, you’re much more likely to connect to the cloud environments in your preferred locations.
By using Microsoft Azure on the Dynamic Connections network, a single connection automatically creates redundant Ethernet virtual circuits (EVCs) to help secure data—but only charging for the single connection.
Dynamic Connections supports Microsoft Azure IaaS, Microsoft PaaS, and Microsoft SaaS—which includes Microsoft Office 365.
Your ServiceKey is automatically validated via API, ensuring your available bandwidth and network-to-network interface (NNI) stays within your Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute subscription.
'Tis the season
A global retailer needed to scale its network capacity to handle the sudden spikes in demand throughout the upcoming holiday season.
Black Friday shopping was a particular concern, but the retailer wasn’t sure how to best augment the performance of its data centers with cloud—and do so without compromising the security of its data or the information of its customers. The retailer needed to scale securely while also keeping its operational expenses under control.
Ready for the holidays
The retailer turned to CenturyLink Dynamic Connections. With a few clicks, it set up connections between its data centers and key cloud environments via the secure customer portal.
When Black Friday hit, the retailer was able to delete and create new connections in real time to accommodate workload fluctuations. The retailer stayed ahead of workload spikes all season long, and it was able to dial back when demand was lower.
The connection that keeps on giving
The major retailer gained:
- Agility to scale quickly to capture increased business, and only pay for extra connectivity when needed
- Efficiency to rapidly make changes and stay ahead of sudden spikes in demand through the customer-friendly, real-time user interface
- Inherent security through CenturyLink’s private network connection, so company and customer data was safe
- Reliable performance through a redundant fiber network
A tough pill to swallow
A healthcare company wanted to implement a hybrid cloud strategy to move applications, workloads, and data between cloud environments and its data centers located throughout North America.
During cold and flu seasons, when healthcare demand spiked, the company processed and shared more data than at other times during the year. It would need to be able to handle these workload spikes without driving up costs or compromising patient data security.
Just what the doctor ordered
The healthcare company used CenturyLink Dynamic Connections. It was able to connect and disconnect from data centers and cloud environments in real time.
And with CenturyLink’s private network, patient data stayed safe while the healthcare company stayed compliant with industry cybersecurity regulations.
Feeling better already
The healthcare company achieved:
- Scalability to stay ahead of workload demand during peak cold and flu season
- Ease of use with no networking expertise required
- Reduced operating costs by taking advantage of CenturyLink’s pay-as-you-go billing model, only paying for the bandwidth used
- Security that ensures threats are minimized and compliance is maintained