Lumen Expands NaaS Horizons Through Dynamic Partnership with Equinix

Lumen Expands NaaS Horizons Through Dynamic Partnership with Equinix

By Greg Tavarez

The global NaaS market size is projected to grow from $18.70 billion in 2023 to $155.17 billion by 2030, according to Fortune Business Insights.  The reason organizations turn to NaaS is for its cloud-based and scalable approach, allowing them to flexibly adjust network resources based on dynamic needs without heavy upfront investments.

NaaS provides a subscription-based model that offers potential cost savings, and its automation features streamline resource management that reduce manual errors and enhance operational efficiency. NaaS ensures global accessibility, managed services and security measures, which make it an attractive solution for businesses seeking flexibility, cost-effectiveness and reliable network infrastructure.

A company that offers a NaaS platform is Lumen, which launched the platform in August. The company that connects the world, of course, wanted to make its platform stand out from the rest. To do that, Lumen integrated its NaaS platform with Equinix Fabric.

Equinix Fabric is a virtual interconnection service that enables businesses to connect to various cloud providers, network services and other businesses within the Equinix ecosystem. It is a software-defined interconnection that allows you to connect digital infrastructure and services on demand at software speed via secure, software-defined interconnection.

The Lumen integration enables Equinix's 10,000 customers to instantly buy, use and manage Lumen Internet On-Demand and future Lumen NaaS services.

"Lumen is bringing its NaaS platform to Equinix, giving their customers access to quick bandwidth boosts and personalized on-demand services,” said Andrew Dugan, chief technology officer for Lumen. “Together, we are solving business challenges so our customers can focus on innovation."

So how does this integration works?

An Equinix customer orders Lumen Internet On-Demand using Lumen's digital portal or API. The customer provisions a virtual connection in Equinix Fabric and connects it to the Lumen port. After the customer is connected to Lumen's NaaS platform, Lumen Internet On-Demand service activates in minutes, instead of months. Customers are in control of their service and can increase or decrease bandwidth as needed.

"With the work our teams are doing to integrate Lumen NaaS with Equinix Fabric, our customers can have even more choice for on-demand Internet connectivity to support their hybrid infrastructure," said Arun Dev, vice president of digital interconnection at Equinix.

In the future, Lumen plans to extend its partnerships with hyperscalers to offer additional services through the NaaS framework. The Lumen NaaS portfolio will also grow to encompass security services, including DDoS, SASE, and Edge services, all accessible to customers within the Lumen partner ecosystem.




Edited by Greg Tavarez
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