Government agencies are seeking a better way to access, store and process data closer to where it is being created and consumed, whether that is in a data center, branch location, cloud environment or at the edge where devices connect to the network.
To meet this evolving need, CenturyLink recently unveiled a new managed storage service built on NetApp’s software-defined storage technology that allows government agencies to store and manage data anywhere the CenturyLink network can reach.
CenturyLink Network Storage (CNS) powered by NetApp was designed to extend the benefits of cloud storage to the edge, enabling state and local agencies to create storage wherever data is created and consumed to power near real-time decisions and enable better citizen experiences.
CNS has gained traction with a broad range of public sector organizations seeking to support data mobility and storage at the edge by placing storage in the network, within milliseconds of an organization’s data. Recently, CenturyLink and NetApp made it easier for state and local government agencies to benefit from the solution by offering it on the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint cloud contract, a contracting consortium that competitively solicits contracts among state Chief Procurement Officials to help ensure state government agencies find needed solutions at fair prices.
CNS with NetApp delivers access to enterprise-grade storage wherever it is needed, along with the flexibility to be deployed on-premises, in a preferred colocation facility, at a CenturyLink facility, or delivered anywhere the CenturyLink network goes. The closer data centers are located to data created by devices at the edge of the network, the lower the latency and the better the customer experience.
“With the huge growth in telework, multi-cloud environments and the Internet of Things, government agencies are struggling to manage all the data produced by these ever-expanding digital interactions,” said Sonia Ramsey, CenturyLink vice president for the state and local government and education market. “CenturyLink and NetApp teamed up to deliver secure storage and transport capabilities closer to where the data is located, thus reducing processing times and providing better support for smart city, smart transportation and public safety initiatives.”
“The public sector is navigating through unique challenges when it comes to data at the edge,” said Meghan Steele, Senior Director, State & Local Government and Education at NetApp. “CenturyLink Network Storage with NetApp combines CenturyLink’s high-speed on-demand networking with NetApp’s cost-effective storage and data management capabilities to ensure agencies can tap into the power of data and have full confidence it can be secure and protected.”
CenturyLink Network Storage with NetApp delivers several unique benefits to state and local government agencies: