Lumen Technologies Expands Bare Metal Capabilities, Adds Network Storage

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Lumen Technologies, formerly known as CenturyLink, has added Lumen Network Storage to its bare metal offerings. The company’s bare metal customers can use Lumen Network Storage to add “secured, scalable, and fast” storage ‘at the edge’ where and when they need it.

Photo Chris McReynolds, VP, Edge Cloud Product Management, Lumen Technologies
“Lumen Network Storage along with Lumen Edge Bare Metal and our deep network reach gives customers the flexibility to process and store data in an ultra-low latency environment,” said Chris McReynolds, VP, Edge Cloud Product Management, Lumen Technologies.

With Lumen’s ‘Edge Bare Metal’, the company stated it can cover roughly 60% of U.S. enterprise locations within 5 milliseconds of latency, with 95% coverage planned by end of year.

Lumen Network Storage delivers ‘edge’ storage services as close to customer workloads as possible. This would make storing and transporting data to multiple locations, IT teams, and across multi-cloud environments “easy, fast, and efficient.”

“There is an explosion of data at the edge coming from IoT devices and enterprises need the ability to store and process data closer to end users in order to drive amazing digital experiences,” said Chris McReynolds, Vice President, Edge Cloud Product Management, Lumen Technologies. “Lumen Network Storage along with Lumen Edge Bare Metal and our deep network reach gives customers the flexibility to process and store data in an ultra-low latency environment, delivering improved performance and reliability.”

Lumen Network Storage would offer the following benefits:

  • Allows enterprises and public sector organizations to ingest and update data at the edge in whatever file storage protocol meets their needs
  • Allows customers to “quickly” add additional storage, where they need it, as well as sync and replicate data without additional infrastructure
  • Delivers costs efficiencies from eliminating outgoing data charges and infrastructure maintenance costs, as well as pay-as-you-go pricing model
  • Also available as dedicated network storage nodes connected to the Lumen network

The Lumen “low latency” network is comprised of approximately 450,000 global route miles of fiber and more than 180,000 on-net buildings, and “seamlessly” connected to: 2,200 public and private third-party data centers in North America, Europe & Middle East, Latin America, and Asia Pacific; Leading public cloud service providers including AWS, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute & Azure Government, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud.