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New Lumen Edge Virtual Machines offer businesses more edge app options

New Lumen Edge Virtual Machines offer businesses more edge app options

Lumen recently launched Lumen Edge Virtual Machines (VM) to give businesses an on-demand, flexible solution for compute power at the edge. By using Lumen Edge Virtual Machines (VM), organizations can access on-demand storage, compute and secure networking resources to run high-performing applications at scale, the company said.

Available in the Lumen Marketplace, Lumen Edge is compatible with the company’s edge products.

According to Lumen, the compute configurations and storage available through the platform support many applications, making it valuable for businesses. Lumen Edge VM will run on the Lumen fiber network, which consists of approximately 450,000 global route miles of fiber. In turn, Lumen says it will provide the low latency that compute-intensive next-generation applications need. Rather than working with multiple providers, businesses can work with a single provider. Companies can also access distributed compute services to collaborate across diverse geographies.

“Growing digital businesses need infrastructure that gives them the level of compute power they need — where, when, and how they need it,” said Dave Cooper, senior vice president, edge computing, Lumen Technologies. “The Lumen platform provides just that. And with Lumen Edge VM, businesses have a flexible, on-demand compute solution on the Lumen platform. It gives the power of orchestration and connectivity across hybrid IT environments, providing a unique combination of benefits – increased agility and reliability, reduced latency, enhanced security, and low cost.”

Lumen Edge VM offers shared, multi-tenant servers hosted in Lumen edge facilities for customers to create virtual machines on-demand. Businesses can quickly create virtual machines at the edge and easily scale up or down. Lumen manages the network services and infrastructure, making it a low-cost business option.

Lumen Edge VM offers a pay-for-usage model and supports numerous operating systems, configurations, and storage options using open-source technology. Companies can manage it through Lumen Edge Orchestrator, alongside other Lumen edge services and public cloud services from AWS, Microsoft, and Google. Moreover, Lumen claims that its Lumen Edge Computing Solutions meet 97% of US enterprise demand within five milliseconds of latency.

Lumen recently announced plans to expand its edge services in Europe. The company has seen an increase in demand for its edge services, which it attributes to the need for low-latency applications as companies expand their digital transformation efforts.

Lumen also recently won a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) network services contract worth $137 million. Along with its contract with CBP, the US government has also given Lumen Technologies a $1.2 billion deal with the Department of Agriculture and a $1.6 billion deal with the Department of the Interior for comparable network services.

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