“Working with Microsoft, Lumen will offer businesses and developers capabilities at the edge that are unique in the industry. By deeply integrating more of our platform services with Microsoft Azure, we can help businesses quickly utilize their data for the insights they want and need, with the ability to support unique and customized use cases. We’re excited about the innovations and amazing new digital experiences we can enable for our mutual customers by extending Azure to the edge of our global network,” said Shaun Andrews, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Lumen.
As announced, Lumen intends to further expand the collaboration on several future go-to-market efforts using the resources of the Lumen Edge Experience Center that can support their mutual customers. The expansion is expected to include a certified Azure deployment, communication sector solutions based around private 5G networks as well as enterprise sector managed solutions for a wide range of Microsoft software and cloud services.
“By making Microsoft Azure technology available on the Lumen platform we are giving enterprises access to an environment where they can get the low-latency performance they need for critical applications, with the familiarity of Microsoft services and tools,” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure for Operators at Microsoft.
“With this collaboration we are expanding the ways in which businesses can connect Azure to their enterprise networks and are excited about having Lumen as a collaboration partner to expand the number of use cases we can achieve at the edge of the network.
Furthermore, Microsoft has also named Lumen as one of its preferred partners supporting Azure globally with Lumen networking, infrastructure, and managed services, to give their enterprise customers the benefit of having high-performing network connectivity to all their Azure services from the Lumen platform.