Tapping into powerful benefits of hybrid cloud

February 20, 2018
By Jim Greene

As your business strives to support new initiatives, bolster resiliency, innovate and grow, cloud computing will be the centerpiece of your digital strategy. But businesses can take different paths on their IT journeys to reach the cloud. Which one is best for yours?

Public cloud services can’t meet all of your requirements alone. You need an environment that is secure enough to handle sensitive customer data and flexible enough to support highly customized applications, so a hybrid cloud approach might be a better option.

By combining public services with one or more private clouds, you can tap into hybrid cloud’s powerful benefits---improved agility, seamless scalability and reduced capital expenditures. The private cloud component of your hybrid environment will let you retain strong control of data while providing the flexibility to create a highly tailored environment.

Important factors to consider when choosing your cloud solution include:

  • Location
  • Time to value
  • Security
  • Expertise
  • Costs

Whichever approach is right for you, CenturyLink can help. DCC Foundation is a next-generation software-defined data center solution based on VMware Cloud Foundation. With software-defined networking and VMware vSAN Storage, it delivers a completely integrated hyperconverged infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution. Built on industry-leading technologies, DCC Foundation offers deep flexibility to meet a wide range of private cloud requirements.

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Elevate Your Infrastructure Monitoring with Panopta

February 20, 2018
By Robert Black

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Periodically, we turn over control of the CenturyLink Cloud blog to members of our certified technology Ecosystem to share how their technology on the CenturyLink Marketplace provides customers with low-friction solutions to solve complex business challenges. This edition’s guest author from the Cloud Marketplace Provider Program is Robert Black, Director of Marketing for Panopta.

Organizations of all sizes, across the globe, are all in some stage of a digital transformation. A huge part of this journey is finding the right cloud technologies for reducing operational expenses, increasing security, visibility, and maximizing employee productivity. Even the most reliable cloud infrastructures are subject to downtime and performance degradation, which have a tremendous impact on the quality of the end-user experience. A comprehensive monitoring solution is paramount to ensure that the server, application and network infrastructure is operating optimally. A robust infrastructure monitoring solution not only saves time and resources, but also reduces data center overhead and ensures service availability.

Panopta: Powerful Monitoring Solutions

Panopta is excited to join the CenturyLink Marketplace as an Ecosystem Partner to provide CenturyLink customers with advanced infrastructure monitoring available as a SaaS offering through direct provisioning on existing CenturyLink Cloud infrastructure. Regardless of how much infrastructure you need to monitor, Panopta...

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Digital transformation depends on a new kind of data center

February 6, 2018
By Jim Greene

Businesses know digital transformation is an important factor in their success, but most still have much work to be done. Only 10% of companies describe themselves as fully digital, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit[^1].

[^1]: The Economist Intelligence Unit Digital Evolution Report, 2016

While a new breed of IT services is required to propel business into this digital age, that doesn't mean the IT organization will need a huge budget increase to obtain the IT systems critical to this transformation. There are ways to reduce costs for existing activities and processes so IT organizations can free up funds for systems to support digital transformation. For example, CenturyLink and VMware have collaborated to deliver the Dedicated Cloud Compute Foundation (DCCF) service. This hosted private cloud solution delivers next generation data center technology in a turnkey model, providing businesses the means to leverage cloud services for digital transformation.

Public cloud services were innovative and cost-attractive when they launched more than 10 years ago. Now, most organizations understand there are limitations to this model, and that transformation requires changing from legacy data center concepts to a software-defined data center (SDDC).

Businesses now demand that cloud services enable faster and more efficient transformation of IT infrastructure. For many...

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Big Data as a Service on bare metal with Cloudera

February 1, 2018
By Jim Greene

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           Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) Foundation

Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) describes a wide variety of functions that can be outsourced to the cloud. They range from data collection and storage, to the tools used to analyze data, to providing analysis and reports. For businesses, the end goal is being able to apply the insights gleaned from analysis to drive growth.

CenturyLink has developed a BDaaS offering that includes managed Cloudera, professional services and methods to on-ramp customers. We deliver this solution on bare metal infrastructure for performance gains over virtualized environments.

Our BDaaS solution consists of three core components:

First, we offer a managed infrastructure, delivered on bare-metal hardware. This is differentiated from the virtual servers generally offered for many cloud Hadoop environments. And while bare metal is a differentiator, we also offer networking expertise, as well as advanced security capabilities.

Second, the service is based on Cloudera. Through our strong alliance with Cloudera, we have been in tight collaboration to roll out this service and have integrated CenturyLink’s scripts with Cloudera’s API to drive fast deployment on the servers.

Finally, CenturyLink provides consulting services and professional services for data analytics. Our scientists and data engineers help organizations drill down into their use cases to find the solutions that...

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Cloud Application Manager Recognized as Product Leader in Hybrid Cloud

January 25, 2018
By Jim Greene

Organizations increasingly utilize multiple infrastructures and deployment models in a hybrid configuration. To optimize application deployment and minimize administrative burdens, they demand a comprehensive hybrid management platform that helps them manage the full IT environment — cloud and premises-based, remote and local, Infrastructure, Platform, and Software-as-a-Service — as a pool of IT resources.

When considering a hybrid management platform, businesses look beyond basic management and orchestration capabilities to the number and types of cloud services, hypervisors, APIs, and microservices a platform can support. Enterprise IT organizations also consider whether a platform can manage non-virtualized workloads and containers.

Frost & Sullivan has a global team of analysts and consultants who conduct ongoing research across multiple markets, sectors and geographies. Through extensive primary and secondary research across the entire value chain of specific products, they identify companies whose consistently high standards for product or service quality and innovation allow them to form deep customer relationships. Against this backdrop, Frost & Sullivan recently recognized CenturyLink as the Product Leader in Hybrid Cloud Management Platforms.

According to Frost & Sullivan’s research, CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager® stands out among the competition for its comprehensive capabilities and “managed anywhere” services, which make the platform easy to use across a...

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Additional Meltdown and Spectre Update

January 19, 2018
By Christine Sala

CenturyLink Completes Patches for Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

CenturyLink Cloud completed the implementation of all available patches on January 13. We are continuing to work with hardware and software vendors on the release of new patches to be tested and applied as they are released. You can follow the progress more closely and subscribe to updates on our status site, status.ctl.io.

Also, please note that while CenturyLink is patching our environment, we want to remind our customers that they are responsible for updating the operating system for their cloud virtual and bare metal servers. We recommend that you check with your operating system vendor(s) and system manufacturer(s) and apply any updates as soon as they are available. Below are many useful resources about the issue.

OS and Hardware vendors

Microsoft security updateRed Hat security updateSuSeUbuntuChrome OSARM security updateQualcomm press releaseWind River

System Manufacturers

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Meltdown and Spectre Update

January 12, 2018
By Christine Sala

Meltdown and Spectre Update

January 12, 2018 By Christine Sala

CenturyLink Cloud completed initial patching 1/8/2018 as anticipated. Customers who fall into the 8% of infrastructure remaining have been contacted with more detailed timelines. However, we are continuing to mitigate potential threats by testing and implementing patches as they are released. You can follow the progress more closely and subscribe to updates on our status site, status.ctl.io.

Lastly, please note that while CenturyLink is patching our environment, we want to remind our customers that they are responsible for updating the operating system of their cloud virtual and bare metal servers. We recommend you check with your operating system vendor(s) and system manufacturer(s), and apply any updates as soon as they are available.

For managed OS customers please reference the Managed OS Patching and Update Process knowledge base article.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact help@ctl.io.

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Grid-Scale Storage Technology with QuantaStor SDS from OSNEXUS

January 9, 2018
By Steven Umbehocker

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Periodically, we turn over control of the CenturyLink Cloud blog to members of our certified technology Ecosystem to share how their technology on the CenturyLink Marketplace provides customers with low-friction solutions to solve complex business challenges. This edition’s guest author from the Cloud Marketplace Provider Program is Steven Umbehocker, CEO of OSNEXUS.

QuantaStor SDS, developed by OSNEXUS, was created to solve complex storage needs across many industries and brings game-changing technology to the software defined storage market. QuantaStor, a unified file, block, and object software defined storage platform, is designed to scale up and out to make storage management easy while reducing enterprise storage costs. The platform addresses a broad set of storage use cases including server virtualization, big data, cloud computing, and high-performance applications through both physical and virtual storage appliances. Companies in industries including Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment, High-Performance Computing, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, have deployed QuantaStor SDS to solve their unique data storage use cases and business demands. QuantaStor’s grid-scale technology is a key feature that sets it apart from competitors in the software defined storage market. The grid technology enables the scaling of storage up and out to 64 physical or virtual storage appliances...

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Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerability Overview and Customer Guidance

January 4, 2018
By Christine Sala

On Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, Google publicly disclosed Meltdown and Spectre, two methods for attacking Intel, AMD, and ARM processor vulnerabilities (CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, and CVE-2017-5754). CenturyLink Cloud is aware of these vulnerabilities and is actively mitigating potential threats. Fixes are currently being tested, and anticipate that 92% of our environment to be patched by Monday, January 8th, 2018. Customers who fall into the remaining 8% of infrastructure will be contacted directly within 24 hours for patching timelines. An update will be provided when all fixes are in place.

At this time, there is no indication that these vulnerabilities have impacted us or have been used to attack our customers.

Please note that while CenturyLink is patching our environment, we want to remind our customers that they are responsible for updating the operating system of their cloud virtual and bare metal servers. We recommend you check with your operating system vendor(s) and system manufacturer(s), and apply any updates as soon as they are available.

For managed OS customers, please reference the Patching and update process Knowledge Base article.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact help@ctl.io.

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Changing Your Data Security Tactics for the Internet of Things

August 29, 2017
By Jessica Weber

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The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has introduced new complexities into the web of network security, and the approach to security has to change to accommodate that. In previous posts we've talked about predictive analytics and changing security policies for the digital revolution of IoT, but what exactly is going to change in the realm of data security? Well, according to most technology sources, almost everything.

The Game Changer

The biggest problem with security in the IoT is that hackers are coming up with new ways to commandeer and take down IoT devices everyday. This "guerrilla warfare" method is not traditional because it can come from almost any angle (within the corporate data system, attacks on the actual device, etc), so a pattern of attack is hard to establish and then look for within the system. Commercialized products for general public consumption are especially vulnerable because as the products are developed they are often pushed to market before their security features have been fully tested. The agile method of releasing and then reiterating is good for making progress and getting user feedback, but can leave devices vulnerable to attack. There are, however, several ways to combat these security vulnerabilities.

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Transform Your Security Policy for the IoT

August 17, 2017
By Jessica Weber

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In a previous blog we mentioned the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it is changing the approach towards cybersecurity. Predictive analytics is increasingly becoming an integral part of the security game, as companies invested in IoT use analytics to identify attacks before they happen, an important step in the evolution of security. As IoT continues to increase its share of the IT market and also changes the way we use technology in everyday life, we must adjust our cybersecurity policies to take into account this fundamental shift in security needs.

IoT is also a big driver in the digital transformation of company infrastructure, as organizations respond to the changing needs and demands of their customers for more technology integration. In fact, research findings published by Inmarsat say that IoT has become the leading reason for digital transformation and is the number one priority for 92% of organizations.

As companies go through digital transformation and incorporate IoT, they need to keep security top-of-mind. Gartner states that "by 2020, 60 percent of digital businesses will suffer major service failures due to the inability of IT security teams to manage digital risk". Organizations cannot afford to have long periods of downtime due to cyberattacks...

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ThreatConnect Partners with CenturyLink

August 15, 2017
By Jonathan Townsend

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CenturyLink's end-to-end security managed services are built to detect, protect, and respond to security threats and malicious activity anywhere customers do business. Bolstering these features, CenturyLink’s Managed Security Services will now leverage ThreatConnect, a threat intelligence-based security platform that taps into SAP HANA. The partnership allows CenturyLink to utilize its Managed Services offering, composed of a data-driven set of tools to improve detection, protection, and remediation services for customers.

CenturyLink’s security service is built to help Security Operations Center (SOC) specialists and customers identify, block, and mitigate security threats through Security Log Monitoring(SLM), incident management, and response support services. ThreatConnect will integrate with the CenturyLink platform to provide an offering and solution that fits with its customers’ new or existing threat management and security operations functions.

Regarding ThreatConnect’s impact working with organizations, CEO Adam Vincent said, "the MSSP program is a force multiplier that organizations like CenturyLink can leverage to offer threat detection and response, customized processes or any of a number of premium services to clients."

Adam Vincent’s vision is centered on automating as much of a SOC as possible and while continuing to build a community around threat intelligence. In years past, the barriers were technology-based as the resources and process...

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