Come See CenturyLink Cloud at Cloud Connect Santa Clara!

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

The time has come at last for the CenturyLink Cloud team to make the (not so) long and (potentially) perilous journey to Santa Clara for UBM TechWeb’s Cloud Connect conference. Read on to learn about the sessions and tracks we’ll be leading, where you’ll find the CenturyLink Cloud team, and what you can do to pick up a free expo pass and discounted tickets.

First up: in a free session, Cloud Foundry’s James Watters and Jared Wray from the Iron Foundry team at CenturyLink Cloud will discuss open PaaS services for enterprise developers. They’ll give a live demo from the stage and share the best practices they’ve learned from real experiences deploying PaaS on a public cloud—which you can take and apply today to your organization’s private cloud. Read more about the session here.

But that’s not all… Explore the performance potential of cloud computing at Cloud Connect’s Performance and Availability track—chaired by CenturyLink Cloud VP Wendy White and featuring speakers from XSP, Zynga, and CFN. Wendy’s blog post summarizing each of the track sessions will help you plan out which sessions to attend as well as reveal the hidden connections shared by natural disasters, race cars, and high-stakes trading. Intrigued? Check...

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The Cloud is #1 Priority for CIOs in 2011

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

It's Official

Cloud computing is the #1 technology priority of 2011 for over 2,000 CIOs** surveyed by Gartner—with virtualization taking the number two spot. While 66% of the average IT department’s budget has traditionally been allocated to day-to-day operations, according to Gartner CIOs expect the cloud to free up 35-50% of current resources to be used towards “innovation and growth.” This is good news for CIOs, whose measure of success is increasingly dependent not only on ensuring IT is efficient and cost-effective, but on “creating and realizing new sources of [business] value.” The top 3 business objectives named by CIOs reflect these new success metrics, and mirror what we’re seeing here at CenturyLink Cloud:

1. Developing or managing a flexible infrastructure

Flexible infrastructure is one of the key differentiators of cloud computing as compared to on-site IT hardware. In the cloud, storage and performance scale—and with the right cloud provider, they scale predictively or based on business rules. Additionally new servers can be provisioned in minutes, instead of the days required by traditional IT processes.

2. Delivering application and growth projects

Many CenturyLink Cloud customers are taking advantage of new business models and reaching new customers by moving their apps into the cloud. Chad Collins,...

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CenturyLink Cloud Awarded Gold-Level Status in the NetApp Partner Program for Service

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform’s Performance, Implementation and Disaster Recovery Capabilities Leverage NetApp Solutions

BELLEVUE, Wash.—June 15, 2011—CenturyLink Cloud, the enterprise cloud company, today announced it is a Gold-level member in the NetApp Partner Program for Service Providers. Long coupled with flexible and efficient NetApp® storage and data management solutions, CenturyLink Cloud’s agile, self-optimizing enterprise cloud platform helps enterprises confidently run mission-critical, production applications in the cloud. CenturyLink Cloud first architected its enterprise cloud platform to include NetApp as part of its infrastructure in 2007, immediately reducing backup on an entire data center from 24 hours to one hour and cutting time to restore customer data from 3.5 days to under an hour. Now an official Gold-level member of the new Partner Program for Service Providers, CenturyLink Cloud will receive additional storage expertise, resources and best practices from NetApp that will enable the company to continue to meet the unique performance, implementation and disaster recovery needs of enterprise cloud-based applications and services.

Our mission is to provide our customers with an enterprise-grade cloud platform with the SLAs, security and built-in disaster recovery they require,” said Adam Wray, chief executive officer, CenturyLink Cloud. “From the get-go, the secure multi-tenant architecture we built leveraging...

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T3 Manager March Update

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

Today we released an update to T3 Manager, our customer control panel. As part of our ongoing effort to improve our customer experience, we will be releasing monthly updates to T3 Manager. These updates will be focused on making it easier for our customers to manage their platform through new interface improvements and functionality.

Along with over 40 bug fixes and UI improvements, highlights from this month’s release include:

  • Automatic Monitoring of All Servers: Monitoring of server resources such as CPU, memory, storage and OS disk is now automatically added when new Premium or Lab Servers are created.
  • Premium Server Memory: Maximum memory capacity has increased to 64 GB for Premium Servers.
  • Account Section Interface: Now account related items such as company information, payment method, users, permissions, notifications and API users are consolidated within an improved interface. Page load performance has also increased.
  • Instant List Search: Get quicker search results on listing pages like the Server or Users page.
  • Improved Logging: Improvements to the logging system now log more changes made to an account, user or server.

We hope you enjoy the improvements and find them as useful as we do.

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What Does "vCloud Powered" Mean for You?

July 3, 2012
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This week we announced that the CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud is one of the few public cloud services around the world to attain VMware’s vCloud Powered validation—but what does that mean for you? Being vCloud Powered validates that our public enterprise cloud services are underpinned by VMware’s enterprise virtualization technology for a highly available, secure, production-ready hybrid cloud. We appreciate this unique VMware stamp of approval—and the shout out from VMWare CEO Paul Maritz at the recent vCloud services launch, which reinforces the industry’s keen focus on the enterprise cloud. vCloud means you have access to the same quality and management experience across CenturyLink's Platform as you do in your own VMware-run datacenter or private cloud. And benefitting from a hybrid cloud is now easier than ever with the ability to move workloads from your VMware vSphere-based virtualized or private cloud environment to the CenturyLink Cloud public cloud and back again—enabling easy proof of concept builds, bursting, and more. Test the waters by moving just one app to the cloud, or fully satisfy your company’s pent-up internal demand for scalable cloud resources and services. Increase business and IT agility by spinning up new services in just hours, not days or...

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Channel IQ Selects CenturyLink Cloud’s Enterprise Cloud Platform to Optimize its Onli

July 3, 2012
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BELLEVUE, Wash., April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/—CenturyLink Cloud, an enterprise cloud platform company, today announced that Channel IQ, the leading provider of online pricing intelligence and channel management solutions, has selected the company’s self-optimizing enterprise infrastructure to run its mission-critical applications and services. Channel IQ, which provides manufacturers and retailers real-time, on-demand applications for product pricing visibility within online sales channels, spent a year evaluating and testing different infrastructure providers before selecting CenturyLink Cloud for its agile platform that delivers all the benefits of cloud computing without the associated risks and performance compromises seen with other solutions. “We were looking for a utility-based model that would scale with our business as it grew and also allow us the freedom to focus on our core business—namely, our customers,” said Wes Shepherd, founder and CEO of Channel IQ. “The CenturyLink Platform provides the speed and performance, enterprise level security, and availability in a mission-critical environment that we can trust.” With more than 60 brand name manufacturing and retailing customers using Channel IQ to provide visibility into online channels, pricing and competition, Channel IQ needed a cloud platform provider it could trust to scale with dynamic pricing environments and its rapidly growing enterprise customer...

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Simplifying the Enterprise

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

Make it simple. It sounds easy, but it’s surprisingly challenging. As Creative Director and UI Designer for CenturyLink Cloud, I’m charged with taking the complex tasks and concepts of managing a business’ IT infrastructure, and defining the interface that allows our customers to control it. Over the past year or so, you’ve probably noticed the CenturyLink Cloud Control Portal interface has evolved as new features have rolled out, or improvements to existing functionality have been implemented.

Typically, managing an infrastructure requires interacting with a lot of different tools, from load balancers and hypervisors, to firewall systems and monitoring software, not to mention the developer environment for your app. These systems allow you to control your infrastructure down to the last detail. However, with that control comes great complexity, and the interfaces of some these products can be quite challenging to use to say the least. Just because a product is designed for the enterprise, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have a consumer level of simplicity to use it.

Many times, it feels as if the interface for enterprise-level products is an afterthought, when in fact it should be one of the first areas of focus. It is after all, a key touchpoint to...

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ChemPoint.com Selects CenturyLink Cloud for Continuous Innovation and Growth

July 3, 2012
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CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise platform provides the security, stability, efficiency and flexibility needed to support ChemPoint’s continuous application development BELLEVUE, Wash., June 23, 2011—ChemPoint.com, the leading e-distributor of specialty and fine chemicals in Europe and North America, has selected enterprise cloud platform company CenturyLink Cloud as its IT infrastructure services partner. ChemPoint conducted an evaluation of multiple offerings before choosing CenturyLink Cloud for its innovation and growth potential. According to ChemPoint, CenturyLink Cloud’s platform provides the security, stability, efficiency and flexibility needed to support the company’s continuous application development and business growth. “While our innovative applications platform has continued to evolve and provide a strong leadership position within our industry, our underlying infrastructure hasn’t kept pace over the past few years,” said Jeff Trimble, vice president of operations and technology at ChemPoint. “The move to CenturyLink Cloud expands our infrastructure capabilities and creates tremendous flexibility. This allows us to focus our technology resources on the differentiating elements that drive our business.” Jared Wray, chief technology officer of CenturyLink Cloud, noted, “Companies moving their applications online need to feel completely confident that their information is secure and quickly accessible at all times. We built our enterprise cloud platform with...

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NetApp highlights CenturyLink Cloud’s successful deployment of NetApp gear to acceler

July 3, 2012
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NetApp recently posted a CenturyLink Cloud customer success story showcasing the impressive results we’ve been able to attain for our customers since implementing NetApp storage systems and associated software. Here are some of the notable benefits:

  • Helped provided enterprise-level backup and DR services at 10 times less cost than in-house infrastructures
  • Reclaimed 67% of storage in virtualized environment
  • Reduced backups of entire data center from 24 hours to one hour
  • Can now offer one-to eight-hour SLA for disaster recovery to every client

By managing our storage environment and optimizing storage utilization with NetApp, we’ve been able to save time and money – in turn passing those savings along to our customers. Our expanding relationship with NetApp will continue to be a valuable asset as we continue to grow our operations and expand our cloud storage infrastructure to more SMBs. Click here to read the entire success story.

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Join CenturyLink Cloud at Cloud Expo – Our Treat!

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

Join us from November 7 – 10 in Santa Clara, CA at this year’s Cloud Expo. As our gift to you, we are giving away a number of VIP tickets to the event—learn how to get claim your tickets at the bottom of this post. On Day 1 of the Expo, CenturyLink Cloud’s CEO Adam Wray will be presenting a live case study with HighJump Software and Equinix starting at 4:55 P.M., exploring how HighJump entered the on-demand warehouse management market by turning to the enterprise cloud. HighJump wanted to be a leading provider of cloud-based WMS without having to develop, host and manage a cloud platform internally—while still maintaining flexibility, speed, and the ability to scale up quickly to meet end user demands. At this session, attendees will learn how sophisticated cloud technologies were leveraged and deployed to change the way manufacturers and warehouses realize supply chain efficiencies. (Read all the session details here.)

To claim your free VIP tickets to this event, follow @Tier3 on Twitter and tweet out a link back to this post. Be sure to mention @Tier3 in your tweet, so we can track your entry. The first participants will receive a free ticket to the...

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Building a Federated Cloud: CenturyLink Cloud’s Cloud Software as a Service Vision

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

Today we announced a significant shift in CenturyLink Cloud’s business model: in addition to offering our cloud “as a service” directly to enterprise customers around the globe, we are now offering our cloud software platform to service providers to enable them to stand up their own cloud services based on CenturyLink Cloud’s enterprise cloud platform.

With more than five years of innovative engineering built in, the enterprise-grade features and high performance characteristics have set CenturyLink Cloud’s cloud platform apart in the market. The power of this platform will be further amplified when it’s served as a global elastic fabric of cloud services – a growing footprint of federated, connected nodes that work in harmony to enable HA, DR and geo-specific services. Today we’ve announced a service delivery model, in conjunction with service provider partners, which enables just that.

Fast path to cloud revenue for midsize service providers around the world

The current cloud ecosystem is diverse and complex—and cloud customers are left to negotiate divergent services and service level agreements across providers. Accordingly there is real value and competitive advantage to be gained by those service providers who can easily provide comprehensive, global, yet easily managed and consumed cloud offerings to their...

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Plinko and Product Launches at VMworld 2011

July 3, 2012
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It’s Day 1 of VMworld, and the CenturyLink Cloud team has finally touched down in Vegas! After months of preparation, we’re so excited to share what we’ve been developing with the rest of the industry. Curious what we’ve been up to in our Bellevue, WA headquarters?

  • Announced Environment Engine, our next-gen cloud deployment automation toolset
  • Designed our new tee-shirts (now with 100% more stick figure)
  • Announced the release of our new Client Backup app and service for enterprises
  • Played lots and lots of Plinko—best the falling puck or watch a demo at Booth 213 and you could win one of those great tee-shirts mentioned above

But VMworld isn’t all fun and games and product launches. With our solutions engineers, marketing, and business folks attending the event, we’re looking forward to brushing shoulders with the best and brightest in the cloud industry. Would you like to meet up with a CenturyLink Cloud team member at the event? Stop by Booth 213 for a demo of our Enterprise Cloud Platform—or to schedule a brief meeting with one of our executives, call Callie Sherrard at 206.724.2505 or email callie.sherrard@tier3.com. We look forward to seeing you over the next few days!

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