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Direct connections to third-party public and private cloud service providers are now available to small and medium businesses (SMBs) through Windstream’s Kinetic Cloud Connect. Windstream had already been offering direct connections to cloud providers through its enterprise unit.

As more businesses all of sizes rely on cloud services for their business environments, service providers have been introducing direct and more secure connections to cloud service providers.

“We have agreements and procedures in place to service our customers who want to connect to Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, and Google,” a Windstream spokesperson confirmed to Telecompetitor. The service is now available across Windstream’s entire footprint, according to the spokesperson.

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Windstream provides circuits ranging in bandwidth capacity from 50 Mbps to 10 Gbps for Kinetic Cloud Connect. Business customers can utilize existing SD-WAN or MPLS for cloud connectivity through their own wide-area network (WAN).

“Today, businesses rely on cloud services, along with remote work solutions that include audio and video conferencing,” said Jeff Lowney, president of strategic accounts for Kinetic Business in a prepared statement. “But cloud services are only as strong as the networks that connect them. That’s why we offer this cost-effective, secure, dedicated connectivity that supports business apps and scales as customers add new ones.”

Windstream has been busily building out the product portfolio of it’s Kinetic Business unit, which targets SMBs. Last week, it announced a DDoS Mitigation Service. Earlier this year it introduced Cisco Meraki powered cloud-managed Wireless LAN solutions.

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