CenturyLink, Microsoft Azure Join Managed Service Provider Program to Enhance Network Capabilities; Paul Savill, Ross Ortega Quoted

CenturyLink has joined the Networking Managed Service Provider (MSP) Program to help customers better connect, migrate, manage and optimize their Microsoft Azure environments, the company announced on Monday

"We welcome CenturyLink to our Networking Managed Service Provider Program," said Ross Ortega, partner program manager, Microsoft Azure Networking at Microsoft Corp. "Azure customers can now look to CenturyLink to build cloud solutions with high performance and predictable networking and security."

CenturyLink’s participation in the MSP Program will allow the company to seamlessly integrate networking and cloud programs to optimize performance, as businesses move enterprise workloads to the Edge and increasingly use multi-cloud environments.

The Program will enable CenturyLink to provide comprehensive network and consultation services around Azure to simplify customers’ connection and construction of cloud solutions. CenturyLink will utilize its expertise as a networking provider and IT services consultant to offer the enterprise a seamless customer experience around Azure's network products and services. 

"As an Azure Networking MSP partner with a global fiber footprint, we have the scale, reach and expertise to deliver integrated Azure cloud and hybrid networking solutions across the world and at the Edge," stated Paul Savill, senior vice president, enterprise product and services, CenturyLink.

Microsoft Azure Security Center for IoT has also collaborated with CyberX, an IoT security company, to develop a unified view of security across managed and unmanaged IoT devices, Microsoft announced in Feb. 2020

The companies will utilize the combination of CyberX’s agentless security platform and Microsoft Azure’s Security Center for IoT comprehensive IoT device protection and zero trust security to reduce risks, including enterprise IoT threats IoT, Smart Buildings and Smart Retail.

To reduce IoT security threats, the companies collaborative effort will discover and profile all IoT assets and communication to provide asset visibility as well as enable micro-segmentation policies. The technology will also detail a risk score with risk-based mitigation recommendations based on vulnerabilities detected.

In addition, CybeX and Microsoft will continuously monitor network traffic and generate real-time alerts when devices present unauthorized behavior. The companies have also integrated single pane-of-glass visibility of cyber risk for all managed and unmanaged IoT devices.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity, and security solutions to customers around the world. Through its extensive global fiber network, CenturyLink provides secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses and consumers. CenturyLink strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world and is focused on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience.

About Microsoft 

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services.

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