By Edward Gately
Carousel’s IT-managed services and capabilities will support Level 3’s portfolio of business services, ranging from unified communications and hosted video, to cloud and data services.
“As the market becomes increasingly reliant on secure, cloud-based solutions, enterprises are looking for trusted partners to deliver scalable, cloud-based solutions that are easily maintained,” said Jeff Gardner, Carousel’s CEO. “Through our strategic alliance with Level 3 – a company that is able to provide enormous scale and expertise around cloud-based technologies – Carousel will serve an important role in creating end-to-end communications solutions for organizations across a range of vertical markets including government, health care, finance and others.”
Carousel maintains longstanding relationships with Microsoft, Avaya, Juniper Networks and Polycom and more. Its SmartPoint program aims to help companies make their networks more efficient.
Carousel will deliver customer-premises equipment (CPE) and connect it directly to Level 3’s network and range of managed services via SmartPoint. In addition, through its network operations center (NOC), Carousel can offer around-the-clock network monitoring, as well as provide a vast network of manufacturer-certified engineers to provide installation and maintenance.
“The network is a critical link in enabling cloud computing and unified communications solutions,” said Lisa Miller, Level 3’s senior vice president of wholesale markets and alternate channels. “This alliance leverages Carousel’s customer-manager expertise with Level 3’s network and portfolio of secure, flexible solutions to tackle challenges enterprises face today.”
Level 3 has enhanced its managed-security portfolio with a new tool for enterprises looking to safeguard their critical data and systems. Its DDoS (distributed denial of service) Mitigation Service provides protection closer to the network edge.
Level 3 leverages its DDoS ingest capacity – at 4.5 terabits per second – to monitor a customer’s traffic and route infected packets to one of its globally located scrubbing centers before being returned via a private connection or the public Internet.
An integrated security approach is a “natural evolution of DDoS protection,” said Frank Dickson, a research director with consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. “With its global network reach and visibility, Level 3 is well positioned to take advantage of data analytics for the purpose of improving the efficacy of DDoS detection and mitigation techniques,” he said.
Dickson noted in research last year that the average data breach cost U.S. companies a whopping $7 million. He expects the value of the managed-security services market to jump from $14 billion in 2015 to $18 billion in 2018, so the opportunity for channel partners is clearly there.