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as offerings under Networx. What's more, Networx is IPv6 enabled and has all of the right elements now to make these things happen. The advanced features that Networx offers, along with an experienced contractor, will help ensure that the right strategy is employed during data center consolidation and virtualization and that it takes into account future cloud migrations and IPV6 (Internet Protocol version 6) integration. Cybersecurity, along with IPV6, is another important function that can be implemented via intelligent use of the Networx contract vehicle. The Networx program is the single best way of ensuring that agencies are in full compliance with the Office of Management and Budget's Trusted Internet Connection initiative, commonly referred to as MTIPS (Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service). Networx has the products that can make that happen, along with IPV6 compatibility. "All of these requirements are important for agencies, and many of them have not been executed as much as they could have been under the Networx program," Gowen said. "That's a big challenge for all of us in the next four to five years." Making a difference The millions of CLINs available to agencies via Networx contracts are the building blocks that can help transform agencies, but the glue is the right contractor that has the expertise, ingenuity and flexibility to develop solutions that fit an agency's specific needs and requirements. That means thinking creatively and "outside the box." For example, CenturyLink recently completed a project for a military force command under the Networx contract. The project provided WiFi service at reserve operational support centers across the U.S., which allowed reservists to use their own mobile devices to complete mission-related and readiness-related training tasks. The project was very successful, but the real value-add was the outside- the-box thinking that went along with it. If the project worked so well in this case, why couldn't it work well for other federal agencies as well? That's exactly what happened as CenturyLink used the successful project as the basis for developing new solutions involving WiFi hotspots for other clients. One of the military supply centers now uses a system of CenturyLink-provided WiFi hotspots throughout its warehouse to track everything in its supply chain. A VA hospital also uses a similar WiFi system that allows patients to use their own mobile devices while inside the building. "It's about more than having a portfolio of products that can address customer requirements," Gowen explained. "It's about taking the building blocks and crafting real solutions. It's also about thoroughly understanding what the agency needs, which is where CenturyLink excels." A project CenturyLink recently developed for an independent agency to provide primary managed data network services under the Networx Universal contract provides another good example. Under that contract, CenturyLink is supplying network infrastructure for data, video and voice services and in the process, fostering a deeper collaborative relationship that will provide a bridge to the next-generation data network services. "The critical part of using Networx contracts as a catalyst to help transform agencies isn't necessarily the tools; it's the people who work with the customer," Gowen says. "It's about knowing the customer's issues and then being able to broker a solution between those problems and your portfolio. That takes creativity and agility, both of which CenturyLink has in spades." • Some federal agencies may know the company as Qwest, which CenturyLink bought in 2011 to become the nation's third largest telecommunications company. The company has won numerous federal contracts, many of which focus on its hosting expertise. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst rms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced ber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. CenturyLink's chairman of the board is Adm. William A. Owens, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. For more information about CenturyLink Government s services and offerings, please contact your agency s representative or email us at CTLfederal.firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on CenturyLink, please go to: CenturyLink.com/federal Transforming the Future
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November 30, 2012