Level 3 working with Windows Azure on reliable cloud services for global enterprises

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) said it is working with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) to deliver private, direct network connections to Microsoft Windows Azure as part of the Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions partner ecosystem.

Together, Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and Windows Azure bypass the public Internet to provide a secure, high-performance network for global enterprises to benefit from the efficiencies of the cloud and drive business growth, without compromising performance, productivity or revenue.

Additional synergies generated by Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and Windows Azure include:

Computing and storage optimization extend network beyond existing data centers and enterprise IT infrastructure to readily add computing and storage capacity for large amounts of data, particularly for business continuity and disaster recovery;

Application performance deliver cloud-based business applications more quickly and with improved reliability;

Improved security run enterprise business applications and move sensitive information between public and private clouds in a more reliable network environment;

Hybrid applications virtualize network applications across on-premises infrastructure and Windows Azure without compromising security or performance.

Level 3 Communications is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. For more information, visit www.level3.com

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