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Global Crossing Offers Cloud Computing Based Solution Set

CaaS provides an innovative, on-demand, "pay-as-you-grow" set of capabilities

Global Crossing has introduced Global Crossing Communications as a Service (CaaS), the first phase of its network-centric, cloud-based solution set. CaaS provides an innovative, on-demand, "pay-as-you-grow" set of capabilities that simplify a business's audio conferencing experience from multiple services to a single-service, cloud-based model.

According to Anthony Christie, chief technology and information officer for Global Crossing, "Global Crossing CaaS is integral to our global cloud solution strategy," as it's designed to deliver integrated, customized communications options to an enterprise. It creates a network-centric platform that combines the company's Global Crossing IP Virtual Private Network (IP VPN), Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) Trunking, and Global Crossing Ready Access hosted audio conferencing services to provide a tailor-made collaboration experience.

"It is a logical extension of our competency in IP networking and collaboration, and addresses the needs of today's businesses that want to take advantage of network-centric cloud services, while reaping the benefits of a higher quality experience and more simplistic per-seat pricing model," Christie continued. "In subsequent releases we'll enhance CaaS to include video, telephony and IT services, including Instant Messaging, presence and email."

Global Crossing is developing additional cloud solutions that will include virtual compute, storage and infrastructure capabilities, as well as a security offer that provides dynamic firewall, intrusion detection and email filtering. According to Global Crossing, these solutions will include a hosted application development environment and hosted software applications.

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