CenturyLink Wants to Own Edge Computing

Billions of IoT devices: cameras, sensors, trackers and more are being deployed around the world and they need to be connected to resource-intensive applications such as AI, ML anomaly detection and more.

The cloud? Well, for many applications, it is just too far.

Latency will just be too great.

How do we solve this conundrum? With edge-computing of course. This market will be massive as more applications and written to churn through all this data in real-time.

Who wants to lead this revolution? Well, CenturyLink is one such company.

They are making MAJOR investments in the space.

There will be a several hundred-million-dollar investment to build-out and support edge compute services. This effort – which includes creating more than 100 initial edge compute locations across the U.S., and providing a range of hybrid cloud solutions and managed services – enables customers to advance their next-gen digital initiatives with technology that integrates high performance, low-latency networking with leading cloud service provider platforms in customized configurations.

“Customers are increasingly coming to us for help with applications where latency, bandwidth and geography are critical considerations,” said Paul Savill, senior vice president, product management, CenturyLink. “This investment creates the platform for enturyLink to enable enterprises, hyperscalers, wireless carriers, and system integrators with the technology elements to drive years of innovation where workloads get placed closer to customers’ digital interactions.”

This expansion allows businesses and government agencies to leverage a highly diverse, global fiber network with edge facilities designed to serve their local locations within 5 milliseconds of latency. With this infrastructure, companies will be able to complete the linkage from office location to market edge compute aggregation to public cloud and data centers with redundant and dynamically consumable network.

“Digital transformation is gaining momentum as enterprises across all verticals look to technology to improve operational efficiency and enhance the customer experience,” said Melanie Posey, Research Vice President and General Manager at 451 Research. “As business processes become increasingly distributed, data-intensive, and transaction-based, the IT systems they depend on must be equally distributed to provide the necessary compute, storage and network resources to far-flung business value chains.”  

CenturyLink’s thousands of secure technical facilities combined with its network of 450,000-global route miles of fiber, expertise in high-performance cloud networking, and extensive cloud management expertise make this investment in the rapidly emerging edge compute market a natural evolution for the company.

Learn more about Edge, IoT and cybersecurity at IoT Evolution, part of the ITEXPO TECHSUPERSHOW, Feb 12-14, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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