CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) will soon be able to give its public sector customers greater power to resolve network issues by signing an agreement to sell Uplogix's remote network management solution.
Set to be sold through various government contract vehicles, including its General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70 contract, Uplogix can provide agencies out-of-band and automated network management capabilities.
By being directly located and connected to managed network and communications devices such as routers and switches, Uplogix can act as a virtual on site technician providing functions such as changing configurations and monitoring system reboots and reconfigurations.
Diana Gowen, senior vice president and general manager for CenturyLink's public sector division, said they "can now use the Uplogix platform to enhance the value and differentiation of our managed service offerings in the federal marketplace."
Initially CenturyLink will use the Uplogix automated configuration capabilities to speed up the installation and deployment of network infrastructure and managed devices at branch offices and data centers for one of their large federal agency customers. CenturyLink will use Uplogix for day-to-day management of customer premises equipment, while agency technicians will use them to access and manage agency devices.
Uplogix's local management products will be deployed by CenturyLink at each of its government agency customers' sites. After the products are installed, Uplogix will manage the gear with monitoring and by performing defined, automated, routine run-book actions as needed. Uplogix said it will also provide secure out-of-band access to remote sites for network administrators.
Already a well-known provider to public sector agencies via its seat on the GSA Networx contract, CenturyLink could broaden the availability of Uplogix's capabilities to other agencies that need enhanced network monitoring capabilities.
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