BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to applications in the working world, there's perhaps nothing more important than email, instant messaging and other business collaboration tools. Over the past several decades, these applications have continually evolved to best meet the needs of enterprises and their employees, and now, we're seeing one of the most dramatic evolutions yet.
Today, Microsoft announced that it will enable access to its cloud-based Office 365 and Skype for Business (formerly Lync) applications via private network connections, using Azure ExpressRoute and network partners including Level 3 Communications. It's just as easy as connecting over the public Internet, except now companies can do it over their existing VPN connections. This is important because enterprises can take advantage of all the benefits of cloud – such as scalability, ease of deployment and usage-based pricing – plus the additional security, reliability and predictability of a private network.
Level 3 sees private connectivity to Microsoft's cloud-based services as a potential tipping point for businesses moving their important applications to the cloud, as it involves applications millions of people use every day. To read more about the important implications of this milestone, visit: http://blog.level3.com/cloud-computing/email-and-collaboration-apps-a-tipping-point-for-cloud-adoption/.
About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in over 60 countries across a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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