These resources provide architectural guidance and best practices for building highly scalable and reliable applications in the CenturyLink Cloud.

  • AppFog

    AppFog, CenturyLink's platform based on Cloud Foundry, allows developers to focus on writing applications and not worry about managing the underlying infrastructure. This guide shows how an application can easily be pushed up to AppFog in seconds, resulting in productivity and low operational overhead.

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  • Cloud Network Services

    CenturyLink Cloud Network Services is the suite of network connectivity options provided by CenturyLink, CenturyLink Technology Solutions and CenturyLink Cloud. This guide provides a reference architecture about available services, including MPLS, NAS and virtual route forwarding.

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  • Disaster Recovery Architectures & Best Practices

    The CenturyLink Cloud provides integrated and custom solutions to protect and rapidly recover data. This guide outlines what is included in the CenturyLink Cloud, and highlights key considerations that must be evaluated to maintain system availability during a disaster event. An overview of CenturyLink SafeHaven Disaster Recovery as a Service (DraaS) is highlighted as well.

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  • Fault Tolerance / Highly Available Services Best Practices

    The CenturyLink Cloud is built from the ground up to enable services deployed in any of our data centers to be fault tolerant and highly available. Every aspect of the infrastructure is built with local failure in mind. This overview highlights key pieces of the infrastructure and design around fault tolerance.

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  • High Availability with Microsoft SQL 2014 AlwaysOn

    AlwaysOn is a feature in SQL Server 2012 and 2014 that offers flexible and cost-efficient high availability and disaster recovery. It provides automatic recovery from failures, potentially reducing the risk for data loss, while avoiding downtime. This overview highlights the advantages of AlwaysOn with details on how to configure this feature on Microsoft SQL server databases.

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  • Hyperscale Best Practices

    New breeds of demanding enterprise applications require the highest level of performance available. Applications such as MySQL, Cassandra, and Hadoop, can take advantage of the fastest CPU, RAM, and storage systems. CenturyLink Cloud Hyperscale servers are comprised of 100% flash storage enabling at least 15,000 IOPS available for applications. In the system overview below some important caveats and design considerations are detailed.

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  • Object Storage

    Using CenturyLink Cloud's object storage allows your data to be stored in a secure, highly available and cost effective manner. Objects of any data type can be stored and accessed easily, and with multiple copies across data centers your data will be better protected from data loss. This overview highlights some of the use cases for Object Storage.

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  • SAML for Single-Sign-On Using Windows 2012 R2

    CenturyLink Cloud supports the use of Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), which allows customers to use their own identity management system to authenticate users of the CenturyLink Cloud Control Portal. This reference architecture overview illustrates the steps in the SAML flow for user authentication.

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  • Web Application Architectures & Best Practices

    Highly available and scalable web applications are easily configurable in the CenturyLink Cloud. Powerful features provide a scalable, secure, and flexible infrastructure platform that is essential for meeting the demanding needs of the enterprise. CenturyLink Cloud allows for automatic scale up and scale down policies that maximize web application performance and reduces cost and complexity.

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