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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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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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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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
By CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

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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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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