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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Congrats to Our Amazing Customer – XSP CTO Dan Retzer! Named “Protostar” in SuperNova Competition

July 3, 2012
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Congratulations are in order: Dan Retzer, the Managing Director and CTO of our customer and partner XSP, today was named a Constellation “Protostar” (probably the coolest award name we’ve ever heard) for “successfully apply[ing] emerging and disruptive technologies” within the company. Long recognized as the leader in automated end-to-end corporate Actions solutions, XSP became a semifinalist in the award’s Cloud Computing category by migrating its datacenter to CenturyLink Platform. Retzer’s cloud initiative included moving the complete production/build floor consisting of its source code repository, build tools (Cruise Control/SVN/Tortoise), and SCM systems to the cloud. The migration also included the XSP labs (Windows Server/SQL Server), document repository, and mission-critical file servers. According to Retzer, “Moving our infrastructure to the Cloud has given XSP a tremendous competitive advantage, from both an internal operations and client servicing perspective… CenturyLink Cloud was the only player in the space that offered a pure “Platform as a Service” cloud approach to infrastructure virtualization. We chose CenturyLink Cloud because they had the optimal blend of agility and scalability that we were looking for. It wasn’t just about picking a partner to rent us hardware or offer to manage it – we needed someone as forward-thinking as ourselves...

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Multi-tenancy alliance could enable virtual data centers

July 3, 2012
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Check out a great article featuring some quotes by Jared Wray our Founder and CEO about Multi-tenancy. http://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid96_gci1379652,0

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10 Considerations For Cloud SaaS

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

Note: Added in the text of the original 2011 article published at TechRepublic.

Beyond the business challenges of serving customers in new ways online, independent software vendors (ISVs) planning to take their applications online must make critical architectural and platform choices to ensure they deliver the best customer experience possible. Consider these 10 things before you make the move.

1: How much do you really need to rebuild?

Must you rewrite your application to achieve a multi-tenancy application layer — a costly undertaking — or are there easier and less expensive ways to achieve multi-tenancy in the cloud?

2: What kind of uptime and disaster recovery do your end customers need?

Many cloud environments are built for economy and scale but as we’ve seen recently, they lack the fault tolerance and redundancy to enable you to pass an enterprise level SLA to your customers. Make sure that your cloud platform is built for the enterprise — five 9s availability SLAs should cover not only servers but also network and storage (all the layers to power the full environment). In addition, when outages happen, ensure that the mean time to recovery track record is strong. How fast the cloud can recover is key.

3: How can you...

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