CenturyLink invests in network edge strategy

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CenturyLink is to invest several hundreds of millions of dollars in its edge networks to help build and support edge compute services. This includes the creation of more than 100 initial edge compute locations across the U.S. as well as a range of hybrid cloud solutions and managed services.

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

Paul Savill, senior vice president, product management, CenturyLink said: ‘This investment creates the platform for CenturyLink 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.’

Melanie Posey, research vice president and general manager at 451 Research added: ‘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.’

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