Network Exchange provides a secure, high-speed, redundant, private network, with usage-based billing. It is the preferred alternative to using the Internet or IPSec to connect CenturyLink Cloud to other environments. Network Exchange includes ease of setup and management of virtual circuits via the Control Portal, coupled with CenturyLink Cloud automation, and pre-deployed network infrastructure.
Pre-deployed network infrastructure provides higher levels of security and reliability between your hybrid solutions compared to public Internet. Network Exchange establishes routing environments specific to each customer - no global routing tables are used.
Transfer large data sets, perform backups, and store your data in other environments easily. Whether for continuous or periodic calls and data transfers, bursting, or regular backups, Network Exchange is designed to handle heavy workloads.
The high speed and reliability of Network Exchange allows you to create hybrid solutions across multiple platforms — such as CenturyLink Cloud, colocated servers, Managed Services and Dedicated Cloud Compute — to transfer data and run your applications between environments seamlessly.
The ideal Hybrid IT strategy allows cloud computing to provide the flexibility, versatility, and elasticity to scale infrastructure on-demand. Applications with dynamic workloads require flexible infrastructures to ensure optimal performance and minimize costs. Network Exchange provides a high-speed, reliable solution for creating hybrid solutions across platforms like CenturyLink Cloud and Dedicated Cloud Compute to transfer data and run applications between environments seamlessly.
Transferring large amounts of data between environments quickly and securely makes Network Exchange an ideal solution for customers seeking a Hybrid IT strategy. By placing applications closer to the end users, customers can avoid high costs associated with bandwidth, security risks, and data corruption. Customers also have the power to determine the appropriate security protocols at non-CLC endpoints, which is essential in the global marketplace.
Developing an effective Hybrid IT strategy starts with understanding your workloads and identifying which ones are specialized. Rapidly evolving technologies such as analytics and specialized technology such as virtual block storage are impractical to implement in private compute environments. Although workloads are generally considered platform-agnostic, not all perform optimally in every environment. In fact, some don't perform at all in specific environments. Network Exchange enables implementation of hybrid solutions across platforms at CenturyLink.
Network Exchange is designed for most common Hybrid IT workloads. Because of this, running applications that are reliant on data or services across different environments or the file transfer of large or small amounts of data makes Network Exchange an ideal solution. In an effort to standardize workloads, having the capability to reliably access data/resources in another environment and execute replication and backups makes Network Exchange a key element for any business continuity or disaster recovery strategy.
Network Exchange provides a secure, high-speed, redundant, private network and is the preferred alternative for customers that need to connect their CenturyLink Cloud environments to other (non-CLC) environments. It's ideal for hybrid environments and applications as well as for storage and backups, and uses virtual routing to create routing environments specific to each customer, so no global routing tables are utilized.
Network Exchange is available to customers who already have or plan to create a CenturyLink Cloud account along with a valid endpoint to connect to, making it an ideal solution for experimental development and workloads. Customer have the ability to connect their CenturyLink Cloud VMs to their CenturyLink Dedicated Cloud Compute (DCC) environment to deploy these workloads seamlessly.