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Master Agent Carrier Earthlink Continues to Make Big Moves

February 07, 2013





If you didn’t know that you were doing something right in the telecommunications space by having a solid strategic alliance in place with a successful master agent like Telarus (News - Alert), then being able to expand your growing footprint into uncharted territory might enable you to catch a clue. With nearly 28,000 miles of fiber, the Earthlink (News - Alert) Business suite includes MPLS and Ethernet connectivity in addition to e-mail, data backup and security capabilities.

Just last week, TMCnet reported that the company had teamed with Bethesda, Md.-based Virtustream in order to ramp up the amount of IT services found within its portfolio.

Now, EarthLink SMB customers will be able to leverage key enterprise-class cloud services while simultaneously seeing a significant improvement in areas such as security, performance and business continuity. In addition, sometime soon, the organization will be enabling its client base to gain access to a pay-as-you-go model, which essentially only charges them for what they use to meet their individual business requirements.

“With the xStream cloud software deployed as part of our next-generation cloud architecture, we will more efficiently serve our clients in the SMB market," said Mike Toplisek, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing for EarthLink, in a statement. “We can bring additional economies of both scale and skills to our small and mid-sized clients, a privilege once afforded by large enterprises only. Our broader set of managed cloud services will continue to reduce customer need for dedicated IT hardware, software and or even personnel to support new applications."

Additionally this year, the master agent Gold Carrier firm is planning to get various new cloud centers up and running, which include locations in Dallas; Chicago; San Jose, Calif.; and Miami, where xStream capabilities will be made readily available as well.

And earlier this week, Earthlink again made headlines when it officially debuted its Data Center Connect. According to a recent report, “The service uses the company's private MPLS network to interconnect one or more customer sites to EarthLink data centers, providing access to the cloud. EarthLink said Data Center Connect protects application traffic between the data center and the MPLS network, which enhances service availability for platforms including cloud hosting, disaster recovery, colocation, managed security, cloud workspace and e-mail.”

"As the IT and telecom channels converge, it is interesting to see companies strategies realign. Earthlink has done a great job of shifting its focus to meet the demands of that convergence. Using a private MPLS network for Data Center Connect is evidence of this shift in order to provide more customers with the availability of cloud hosting, disaster recovery, and managed services. This change will benefit customers and will be an easy sell for Telarus partners as more and more businesses realize how everything is moving to the cloud and also the necessity for having a backup plan for their data," Austin Holverson, marketing manager, Telarus told TMCnet in an exclusive interview.

The offering also encompasses a burst-on-demand capability that can ramp up port speed by nearly twice and adheres to service level agreements that pertain to class-of-service policies.




Edited by Rich Steeves
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