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 agility
Reliable performance
Simplified security
Global connectivity

Dynamic Connections: fast and flexible connectivity to cloud environments

A direct link to our network
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CenturyLink brings the network and cloud to you; no more multiple hops across data centers that you may experience using other cloud exchanges.

A far-reaching global footprint
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The 2,200+ third-party data centers that make up our network span North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Pay-as-you-go billing
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No long-term contract is required. You will only ever pay an hourly rate for the bandwidth you use to better manage operational expenses.

A redundant global fiber network
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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

Gain greater control and flexibility
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Respond quickly to enterprise demands and better manage operational expenses related to activations, deletions, and changes.

Improve your network performance
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Enable your regional branches to be closer to your cloud on-ramps for better performance and latency.

Spin up connections in minutes, not days
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Use self-service capabilities to provision a connection in no time flat.

Enhance network security
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Manage your data and workloads within a trusted network perimeter defined by you, minimizing risk exposure.

Features and benefits of Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure: greater flexibility for managing your cloud workloads

Even more connection options
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Due to the expansive footprint of Microsoft Azure, you’re much more likely to connect to the cloud environments in your preferred locations.

Simplified experience and enhanced security
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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.

Access additional Microsoft services
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Dynamic Connections supports Microsoft Azure IaaS, Microsoft PaaS, and Microsoft SaaS—which includes Microsoft Office 365.

Automatic validation
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Your ServiceKey is automatically validated via API, ensuring your available bandwidth and network-to-network interface (NNI) stays within your Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute subscription.

Use Cases
Flexible Scaling

'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.

Flexible Scaling

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.

Flexible Scaling

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
Flexible Scaling

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.

Flexible Scaling

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.

Flexible Scaling

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
  1. Log in and select “Create Connections”
  1. Select a data center or cloud provider “from” location
  2. Select a data center or cloud provider “to” location
  1. Select bandwidth and see price per hour
  2. For easy identification, name your connection for easy identification
  1. Review the chosen connection settings and accept the terms and conditions if everything is correct
  1. Enter the necessary cloud credentials
  1. After a few minutes, the connection will be active and displayed on the map
  1. Search for and find the connection you want to clone
  2. Select gear icon in the Actions column, then select Clone from the dropdown
  1. Verify connection settings, including From location and To location, bandwidth, connection name, etc.
  2. Re-enter VLAN information to prevent duplicating a VLAN ID from the active connection
  1. Review the chosen connection settings and accept the terms and conditions if everything is correct
  1. Within minutes, your cloned connection will become active