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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:00

CenturyLink enables public cloud over private circuits

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CenturyLink launches a new secure and easily manageable service to deliver public cloud services globally from 57 data centres worldwide


US telecommunications and networked services business CenturyLink has announced the availability of CenturyLink Private Cloud, a new cloud service that is aimed at delivering the agility and innovation of public cloud but with the physical isolation, dedicated hardware and security standards that many large enterprises require.


Each private cloud instance is federated into the CenturyLink Cloud network of public cloud nodes, giving users a single interface for creating and maintaining a hybrid environment that spans both public and private clouds. The end result is greater agility for businesses across a broader range of workloads – even those that require additional security and compliance.


The CenturyLink Private Cloud will enable businesses to:


  • Connect Private Cloud with public cloud running the same technology platform, and leverage other CenturyLink solutions including network and opt-in managed services for critical applications.
  • Run on the same industry-recognised platform as CenturyLink’s public cloud with the aaccess to cloud management, automation and orchestration capabilities, as well as new features as they are released.
  • Get geographic flexibility from access to CenturyLink’s 57 data centres located in 34 cities around the world.


“Hybrid cloud is the enterprise IT operational model of the future,” said Melanie Posey, Research Vice President, Hosting and Managed Network Services, at global analyst firm IDC. “CenturyLink Private Cloud provides a frictionless hybrid cloud option for organizations that want to source private and public cloud services from a single provider and connect cloud with other IT services through an extensive Tier 1 IP network.”


“CenturyLink continues to realise our vision for business-friendly hybrid IT solutions, with public cloud, private cloud and network connectivity all available from one provider,” said Andrew Higginbotham, Senior Vice President, Cloud and Technology, at CenturyLink. “CenturyLink Private Cloud delivers the best of private cloud – from dedicated hardware and physical isolation to enterprise-level security and service-level agreements – along with our truly innovative public cloud experience, featuring advanced self-service automation and a fast pace of feature innovation.”

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