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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CenturyLink Cloud Adds Predictive Autoscaler, Virtualized Load Balancer to Enterprise

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

Features Advance IT Operations Automation, Enhance Performance; See Demo at Interop New York October 5-6

BELLEVUE, Wash.—October 4, 2011—CenturyLink Cloud, Inc. today announced two new features to enhance the performance and IT operation automation (auto-ops) capabilities of its enterprise-class virtual private cloud: CenturyLink Cloud Autoscaler 2.0 and the self-service management of load balancers based on Citrix® NetScaler® VPX™ via CenturyLink Cloud’s Management Control Portal or API.

With its Autoscaler 2.0, CenturyLink Cloud takes a unique approach to eliminating performance hits that can occur when only scaling in real time. Typical autoscalers only provision extra servers in response to increased demand, known as “horizontal scaling.” CenturyLink Cloud’s Autoscaler 2.0 scales predictively based on historical usage patterns, not just reactively in response to the current load, and does so both vertically and horizontally. Predictive scaling with defined business rules based for risk tolerance ensures appropriate resources are allocated ahead of need—without requiring IT operations staff to manually optimize resources. By allowing enterprises to scale up, instead of—or in addition to—out, CenturyLink Cloud’s Autoscaler enables a more agile methodology and better performance for many enterprise applications.

The increased data loads resulting from standard usage swings as well as major events can put significant strain on any...

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Equinix and CenturyLink Cloud Partner to Accelerate Cloud Adoption in Enterprise

July 3, 2012
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Companies team to deliver enterprise-class hybrid cloud solutions

Redwood City, Calif. and Bellevue, Wash. — March 27, 2012 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, and CenturyLink Cloud, the enterprise cloud platform provider, today announced a partnership to create an enterprise-ready gateway to the cloud by offering CenturyLink's Enterprise Platform via Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers. The partnership enables enterprise customers to take advantage of the business agility and cost efficiency cloud technologies offer by using CenturyLink Cloud’s enterprise-grade Infrastructure as a Service across Platform Equinix™. Initially, CenturyLink Cloud’s solution will be available in Equinix’s Chicago and New York data centers with plans to expand globally, first into Europe and later to Asia.

“Platform Equinix provides secure, scalable and highly interconnected data center services across 38 strategic global markets. Our network choice combined with access to a wide array of leading cloud services solutions, gives customers a rich environment to build and integrate private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions,” said Chris Sharp, general manager, cloud and content for Equinix. “Our partnership with CenturyLink Cloud further strengthens Equinix’s position as the destination of choice for enterprise cloud deployments through high availability, security and business continuity required...

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CenturyLink Cloud to Bring Enterprise-Grade Virtual Private Cloud to New York with Ne

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

CenturyLink Cloud’s Multi-Region Architecture Provides Highly Available, Secure Hybrid Cloud for Business Continuity, Business Agility New York, NY. – October 5, 2011

Today at Interop NY, enterprise cloud platform provider CenturyLink Cloud announced that it will add a data center in the New York metro area to complete the multi-region architecture of its enterprise-grade infrastructure as a service solution. New York joins Seattle and Chicago for a three-region model that enhances the high availability and built-in business continuity of the CenturyLink Cloud enterprise cloud. With its intuitive management controls, high performing, highly availability infrastructure and platform-agnostic orchestration and automation layer, CenturyLink Cloud meets the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) requirements of companies wishing to deploy public or virtual private (hybrid) clouds for increased business agility.

Enterprises across the country are actively identifying apps they can move to a virtual private cloud, but to do so they are demanding a true enterprise-grade cloud platform that provides control, transparency, security, performance and a high availability five 9 SLA,” said Adam Wray, CEO, CenturyLink Cloud. “These customers also want to benefit from the peace of mind of built-in business continuity features and the value that advanced operation automation or auto-ops capabilities bring to significantly reducing...

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The Right Stuff

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

By Adam Wray, CEO, CenturyLink Cloud Who should you fill your board member seat? An individual who will advance your company’s strategic vision and ability to execute. Filling an outside board member seat is a critical step at any stage of a company’s growth, but especially critical for an earlier stage company. While the temptation may be to court board members with broad industry name recognition, or company associations, this is only one of many variables to consider when targeting a new board member (and candidly of lower priority than several others). In beginning a search, factor what requisite expertise and knowledge are most valuable to leverage and how that background will integrate and complement your existing board. When we looked to expand our board to bring in another outside director, we developed a definitive set of skills and experience we felt would be accretive to our board, versus overlapping. Our two existing directors have great operational and venture finance backgrounds, so we were looking for was experience that could bring new and diverse insights, in particular around our core business, cloud computing. We found what we were looking for in Mark Adams, chief development officer of Equinix, Inc., a...

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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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CenturyLink Cloud Raises $8.5 Million For Its Enterprise Platform As A Service

July 3, 2012
By Jason Verge

CenturyLink Cloud has raised a $8.5m series A round to help solve the enterprise PaaS problem. The network engineer- and developer-designed PaaS solution has been built for and is aimed strictly for the enterprise, taking into consideration many factors that other developer- and SMB-focused PaaS providers tend to ignore, mainly considerations in the areas of security and compliance. There’s a lot of value-add in CenturyLink Cloud’s treatment of the platform layer, backed by four years of IP and some serious talent in the industry. It’s an up-and-coming firm worth noting.

How CenturyLink Cloud PaaS cracks the enterprise

There is a three-pronged approach when it comes to entering the enterprise, founded on automation, abstraction and environments. CenturyLink Cloud automates the best practices associated with setting up and scaling front- or back-office infrastructure. It aims to remove dependency on physical hardware. And in terms of environments, it offers deployable, optimized business environments in addition to APIs and infrastructure optimization. Currently in two datacenters, it’s mapped out two more for the fall. The company takes a zone approach to North America, dividing by West, East and Central. The first East Coast datacenter will be added later this year, as well as another in the Central...

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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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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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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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Seattle Tech Scene is Hot, So We’re Cooling off with a Round of Golf

July 3, 2012
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We’ve had a cooler-than-normal summer, but tech is clearly hot in Washington! (Check out this recent TechFlash article, where our CEO Adam Wray says there’s a “quarter of a trillion dollars” waiting on the sidelines for enterprise cloud computing alone.) Demand alone, however, doesn’t suddenly create a successful startup culture, as shown by Gist’s terrific Seattle tech scene infographic. Engineering talent, professional service providers, and locally-focused investors—like our own funding partners Madrona Venture Group and Ignition Partners—are just a few of the key ingredients that have helped make Washington a hotbed of innovation over the years. As a new way to contribute to the vibrant local business community that we serve and interact with everyday, CenturyLink Cloud recently joined the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), and we’re looking forward to brushing up on our chip shot at their annual golf open on July 25th. Want to meet the team? Come say hello—we’ll be the cloud guys with balloons full of great prizes at Hole 6. See you out on the green!

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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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