Why Operations Folks Should Code

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

Since the onset of Cloud Computing we’ve seen many changes in how we consume IT services. In her recent article “IT operations in the age of cloud: Brace yourself for change,”Alex Barrett outlines one of the most dramatic shifts in IT: operations teams. At CenturyLink Cloud, we know that shift is well underway as we see it today in the way we hire IT personnel: from operations to developers, no longer are these roles isolated from each other.

Instead of just repeating the message “you need to learn to code,” here are the tips, tricks, and resources that we use at CenturyLink Cloud to enable the transition to DevOps.

Don’t know how to code even a little bit? Start with a very simple project such as figuring out how to parse a log file with a language that you are interested in. Once you get that, go talk to a developer and ask him to review your code. Perhaps ask him then to pair program with you to add another feature on it for one hour as it pays off immensely.

Know how to code a bit? That is great! Next step is to take an honest look at your skill and find a project where can...

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CenturyLink Cloud Enhances Enterprise-Grade Cloud Platform with New Relic Application

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

Integrated app management combines with CenturyLink Cloud platform to create an unparalleled solution for deploying and managing business-critical apps

SEATTLE and SAN FRANCISCO – December 6, 2011New Relic Inc., the SaaS web application performance management (APM) provider, and CenturyLink Cloud, the enterprise cloud platform provider, announced today that CenturyLink Cloud has enhanced its leading enterprise-grade public cloud platform with the addition of New Relic Standard, now available free of charge to its public cloud customers. Organizations deploying business-critical apps on CenturyLink Cloud will now have deep, real-time visibility into application performance, which combines with CenturyLink Cloud’s offering to create an unparalleled solution for deploying and managing apps in the cloud. CenturyLink Cloud provides an enterprise-grade virtual private or hybrid cloud. Architected for security, risk mitigation and high availability—with 99.999% SLA at all layers and disaster recovery in every deployment—CenturyLink Cloud’s cloud platform is optimized for production environments and mission-critical applications.

The addition of New Relic Standard, completely integrated with CenturyLink Cloud’s management control portal and its API, makes it easy for organizations to monitor end-user experiences and PHP, Ruby, Java, .NET, and Python applications in real-time. Organizations developing today’s multi-language cloud applications can proactively identify and diagnose potential performance issues...

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Mark Adams Joins CenturyLink Cloud, Inc. Board of Directors

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud

Aims to Help Enterprise Cloud Platform Company Continue to “Set the Bar for Cloud Performance” BELLEVUE, Wash. — June 20 2011 — CenturyLink Cloud, the enterprise cloud platform company, today announced that Mark Adams, chief development officer of Equinix, Inc., has joined CenturyLink Cloud’s board of directors. As the provider of the most secure, intelligent cloud platform for mission-critical applications and services, CenturyLink Cloud will leverage Adams’ years of strategic business development experience as it accelerates its growth in the rapidly expanding enterprise cloud market. “The team at CenturyLink Cloud is at the cutting edge of enterprise-class cloud platforms and is continuing to develop innovative predictive optimization technology that will set a new bar for cloud performance,” Adams said. “Leveraging my experience positioning Equinix as an enabler to rapidly growing cloud platforms, I’ll advise CenturyLink Cloud on customer and technology strategy as it grows into a leading provider of enterprise-class cloud platforms.” Adams joins outside directors John Connors, a partner at Ignition Partners and previously chief financial officer of Microsoft, and Matt McIlwain, managing director of Madrona Venture Group; both of which invested in CenturyLink Cloud earlier this year. Also on the board are Adam Wray, CenturyLink Cloud president and...

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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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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 Announces Compliance with SSAE 16 Type II Standards

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

New Auditing Standards Provide Greater Independent Assurance of Controls and Processes

BELLEVUE, WA – February 20, 2012 – CenturyLink Cloud, the enterprise cloud platform provider, announced today that it has successfully completed the SSAE 16 Type II audit, ensuring that the company’s controls, processes and procedures conform to industry standards and best practices. The review was conducted by an independent auditing firm, and is effective from June 2011 through June 2012. SSAE 16 is a rigorous new standard that replaces the former SAS 70 audit. CenturyLink Cloud has been SAS 70 Type II audited since 2009 and began the SSAE 16 auditing process when it became the new standard.

Thorough, independent testing and reviews of controls across CenturyLink Cloud datacenters and other physical locations ensure the following areas meet SSAE 16’s demanding criteria:

  • Oversight by executive management
  • Operations and customer service
  • Development and information technology organization
  • Human resources policies and procedures
  • Risk assessment monitoring

By undergoing the rigorous SSAE 16 Type II audit and expanding the scope of the audits to include more platforms and locations, our customers know they’re receiving the highest standards in service and controls” said Chris Brandon, CenturyLink Cloud CFO. “This audit furthers CenturyLink Cloud’s goal of enabling our customers to focus on their...

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Channel IQ Selects CenturyLink Cloud's Enterprise Cloud Platform

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

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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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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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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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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CenturyLink Cloud Accelerates Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Adoption, Opens Data Centers with Equinix

July 3, 2012
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

BELLEVUE, Wash. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 9, 2011 – CenturyLink Cloud, an enterprise cloud platform provider, and Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX), a global data center services provider, today announced the Fall 2011 opening of two new CenturyLink Cloud data centers residing within Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX®) facilities in Chicago and Ashburn, Va. CenturyLink Cloud selected Equinix for the company’s enterprise-grade connectivity, global presence and carrier-neutral environment, which will enable CenturyLink Cloud to better meet the ever-increasing demand for secure, hybrid clouds in the enterprise. The data center in Chicago opens September 1, with the one in Ashburn opening in early Q4. “To enhance their business agility, an increasing number of enterprises are actively identifying apps they can move to the public cloud,” said Adam Wray, CEO, CenturyLink Cloud. “Equinix IBX facilities extend CenturyLink Cloud’s enterprise cloud story by providing a key component our clients need for their hybrid production apps—a single, secure, performance-optimized connection. Combining the Equinix Direct Connect capabilities with our agile and intelligent Enterprise Cloud platform provides flexibility, speed and scalability of deployment for these customers.

A hybrid cloud refers to an environment where some data, applications and services are kept in-house and others reside in the...

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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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