CenturyLink will offer dedicated and private access to the Oracle Cloud through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect. The CenturyLink Oracle deal will enable Oracle FastConnect subscribers to use CenturyLink Cloud Connect Solutions to gain what CenturyLink calls a direct and secure connection that doesn’t come in contact with the Internet.

“Our integration with Oracle FastConnect provides our customers a network experience that matches their cloud experience,” Chris McReynolds, CenturyLink’s vice president of core network services, said in press release. “In today’s rapidly changing IT environment, our customers need a network that can adapt with their cloud workloads. Our Ethernet Services connectivity offers real-time network visibility and dynamic bandwidth, providing enterprises with control and scalability across their entire cloud ecosystem.”

CenturyLink Oracle Deal
The collaboration will offer customers in North America and Europe access to their cloud data and applications over wavelengths and MEF 2.0-certified Carrier Ethernet services. The result will be fast private connections to an integrated cloud platform for platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service (PaaS and IaaS) implementations, according to a press release. There are four major components of the new offering, according to CenturyLink:

  • Dynamic Agility: Self-service via dynamic capacity on-demand, increased visibility with enhanced management and available dynamic connections offerings.
  • Predictable and Reliable Performance: Enterprises can maintain control over the end-to-end performance of applications as they migrate them to public cloud.
  • Simplified Security: When choosing private connectivity, the applications being migrated to the cloud and optimized are within a trusted perimeter.
  • Global Connectivity: Enterprises can connect offices around the world to the local cloud and data center resources needed to run mission-critical applications.

CenturyLink continues to expand relationships with cloud providers, as evidenced last month when it announced support for the Google Cloud Partner Interconnect, a service from Google Cloud that enables customers to connect to the Google Cloud Platform from anywhere.

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