Lumen expands bare metal services, adds network storage

Edge Computing
Lumen has continued to expand its edge computing and bare metal service efforts over the last year. (Getty Images)

Lumen is making good on a pledge to continue evolving its bare metal edge commuting services with an announcement this week of online procurement for its edge computing services.

The company said in a press release that enterprise customers using online procurement can gain access to Lumen platform computing infrastructure within one hour after ordering.

Chris McReynolds, vice president, edge cloud product management, Lumen Technologies, told FierceTelecom via email, "Lumen Edge Bare Metal deployments were customized for initial customers utilizing the service. However, we are now making the procurement of this service available online so customers can easily take advantage of dedicated, on-demand, pay-as-you-go bare metal server hardware “as-a-service." Lumen Edge Bare Metal is hosted in distributed locations connected to the Lumen global fiber network and specifically designed for latency of 5 ms or better. Current customers of Lumen can build an estimate online to understand their monthly costs before purchasing and, when ready to buy, can gain access to bare metal capabilities on-demand."

Lumen, formerly CenturyLink, has been making a major push into edge computing and bare metal services in recent months, an effort it acknowledged last year during FierceWireless’ Telecom Blitz Week. The company announced its bare metal as-a-service offering in December and more recently teamed up with VMware on a lab designed to pursue joint innovations around edge computing, security and SASE.

During Lumen’s fourth quarter earnings call earlier this month, CEO Jeff Storey said Lumen’s edge facilities can now cover roughly 60% of U.S. enterprise locations within 5 milliseconds of latency, with 95% coverage planned by end of this year. The company also is in the process of expanding its bare metal services on an international basis, according to its website.

In addition to its ongoing edge computing expansion, Lumen also has added Lumen Network Storage to to its edge family to provide enterprise customers with secure, scalable, and fast storage.

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"There is an explosion of data at the Edge coming from IoT devices and enterprises need the ability to store and process data closer to end users in order to drive amazing digital experiences," McReynolds stated in the press release. "Lumen Network Storage along with Lumen Edge Bare Metal and our deep network reach gives customers the flexibility to process and store data in an ultra-low latency environment, delivering improved performance and reliability."

Adroit Market Research last year said the bare metal cloud services market is growing fast, and could be worth $27 billion by 2028.