CenturyLink Cloud Provides the Top Price & Performance Value in Europe

June 29, 2016
By Kevin Yurica

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Cloud Spectator, an independent testing organization, recently reported the results of benchmark testing on cloud performance across nine of the largest, most well-known public cloud providers with data centers in Europe. Across this group of cloud providers that included Google, Microsoft, Amazon AWS, IBM and others, CenturyLink Cloud® had the highest CloudSpecs™ Score in the test and was recognized as the cloud service provider offering the highest overall value to customers. This pattern has played out before in similar studies.

For 2016, Cloud Spectator has focused industry attention on the considerable performance variability across otherwise similar product offerings from different cloud vendors with operations in Europe - and they note that this observed performance variability directly impacts the value delivered to cloud customers. Based on testing against all the major public cloud vendors with data centers in Europe, Cloud Spectator describes three common misconceptions about performance in the cloud:

  • VM performance is pretty much the same across different cloud service providers (CSPs).

    False. Cloud Spectator netted entirely different performance results given similar VM configurations from different cloud service providers.

  • When it comes to performance, you get what you pay for.

    False. In this study focused on performance, Cloud Spectator found no real correlation between price and performance.

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    The Hadoop Phenomenon

    June 22, 2016
    By Tom Coffing

    Periodically, we turn over control of the CenturyLink Cloud® blog to members of our certified technology Ecosystem to share how they leverage our platform to enable customer success. This week’s guest author from the Cloud Marketplace Provider Program is Tom Coffing, President and CEO at Coffing Data Warehousing.

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    Experts say that up to 75% of the entire world’s data will be on Hadoop by the year 2020. Yes, that’s right — 75%! This means a huge influx of data over the next several years, which translates into a huge opportunity for your organization! This means data not captured today will become commonplace over the next several years.

    What is Hadoop, Where did it Come From, and why is it so Popular?

    Hadoop was created by the genius minds at Google to analyze massive amounts of web data. It was then utilized and expanded by Yahoo! who began working with the open source community. The name Hadoop came from Doug Cutting, chief architect of Cloudera and one of the original creators. Cutting's son, then 2-years old, was just beginning to talk and called his beloved stuffed yellow elephant "Hadoop".

    Hadoop is so popular is because it is all about unstructured data. As much as...

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    Cloud Migration: Don't go it Alone

    June 15, 2016
    By Jonathan Townsend

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    There are many variables to consider when migrating from one platform to another. The whole process can be daunting; factors that directly affect business like associated costs, current and future states of software and data stores, and the decommissioning of physical properties, are a few of the considerations related to migration. Luckily for customers, CenturyLink makes cloud migration easier than ever.

    Migration Made Easy

    Depending on your business-specific needs, either as a new customer looking to migrate to a new cloud provider or as an existing customer who needs to migrate from a legacy platform (VPDC, OCC, CDC, or DCC), migration doesn't have to be overly-stressful. At CenturyLink, we have a team of experts that make migration smooth and less complicated. We encourage our customers to explore the CenturyLink Platform and familiarize yourself with the interface and, of course, let CenturyLink show you how to make cloud migration easy.

    Don't Go it Alone

    By getting in-touch with a cloud specialist, customers can find migration documentation with information and receive details on migrating to the CenturyLink Platform with free onboarding support. Our team of experts understand the need for companies to diversify their offerings across product and service lines while maintaining and providing customer support....

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    Enhanced LDAP Capabilities for Better User Management

    May 26, 2016
    By David Navarro

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    Recapping the first half of the year, we’ve introduced a lot of new product capabilities which include the Live Viewer, Clone Option, and Public Application Boxes to make it easier for DevOps to work together in small teams, and collaborate on large projects across organizations.

    Cloud Application Manager continues to help IT management teams automate deployments in compliance with their corporate policies, the latest launched feature: Enhanced LDAP Groups. In our commitment to simplify the life of IT ops we are providing them with more visibility, control and insight into their users and resource trends.

    We introduced LDAP groups 2 years ago, to help sync LDAP groups in your organization with Cloud Application Manager workspaces. This tool enables users to sign in with their org credentials and immediately start working in a team assigned workspace in Cloud Application Manager. Reduced setup friction, simplified on-boarding process, and controlled access to deployment assets are just some of the benefits of integrating LDAP in Cloud Application Manager.

    So what does this enhancement mean for you? Beyond refreshing the portal and user experience, the Enhanced LDAP Groups offers filtering of groups for easier discovery of complex implementations and support for posixGroups. The group filtering allows you to...

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    Cloud Application Manager API’s: The Secret Sauce

    May 12, 2016
    By Mariana Welti

    Secret Sauce

    Cloud Application Manager’s API supports all functionality available on the UI. But what does this mean for customers who are integrating Cloud Application Manager with their custom solutions for managing services?

    We have the privilege to work with industry-leading companies such as Netflix, DeNA and Cytobank, to name a few. While most of them operate with hundreds and even thousands of instances at the same time, taking advantage of integration with their existing investments allows them to provide users an experience that fosters productivity. Sometimes that’s best served with an off-the-shelf implementation and other times, using API’s to leverage functionality on a proprietary platform can also be beneficial. Nonetheless, we give customers choice.

    Many times, organizations have environments in which their manual operations are not manageable which causes sprawl of systems and services; ultimately leading to a significant increase in systemic errors. This is where automation can be used to run a customers’ processes, and thanks to our API, they can deploy thousands of instances quickly, update environments in a few simple steps and simply re-deploy dormant instances.

    In this scenario, Cloud Application Manager’s UI works as a control panel, as users can monitor workloads in a graphical manner from the...

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    How the IoT is Changing the Freight Industry

    May 11, 2016
    By Jonathan Townsend

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    Noted entrepreneur, investor, author, public speaker, and Internet personality Gary Vaynerchuk once addressed an audience member's comparison of his innovative idea and service as the 'Uber of a burgeoning industry' by interjecting with a simple, yet valid statement: "Everybody is calling everything the Uber of everything." Regarding the impacts the Internet of Things (IoT) has on many industries, such comparisons have become day-to-day realities in the 21st century.

    As an industry-affecting concept, the IoT unlocks endless capabilities that have ramped up data cultivation and analysis to the point where ideas have become industry-standard practices. This is readily apparent in regards to trucking fleets and shipping practices. As noted in this CenturyLinkVoice article, "Nearly 70 percent of all freight moved in the United States travels by truck, a haul that totals an eye-popping 10 billion tons each year, according to the American Trucking Associations, a trade group. Without trucks, the American economy brakes to a halt."

    As we start integrating the IoT with the fleet industry, which fuels and feeds nations while facilitating trade and shipping on a global scale, we could see the beginning stages of government and private sector trucking company partnerships with innovative companies like Uber, Tesla, and Google (to...

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    Benefits of Cloud Load Balancing

    May 9, 2016
    By Thomas Broadwell

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    Businesses large and small are leveraging the cloud to run a variety of applications that are critical to their success. Tools for sales and customer management, inventory management, expense tracking, file storage and sharing, websites, and custom applications are just a few of the many cloud-hosted services that keep businesses running. The scalable and global nature of the cloud helps to create affordable and flexible applications in a web hosting solution for most businesses today. Since servers host these applications in the cloud, it only makes sense to load balance the servers in the cloud as well.

    Proven Performance

    Real-world application performance can be unpredictable. To ensure maximum uptime and reliability, the CenturyLink Platform offers a portfolio of cloud load balancers to meet the unique requirements of your apps. Less complex applications can deploy shared load balancers, while more involved apps can use dedicated load balancers that support advanced OSI Model Layer 4 - Transport and Layer 7 - Application rules. SSL offloading is also available, from 100 Mbps to 500 Mbps.

    Cloud Load Balancing from CenturyLink uses a multi-tenant, scalable, and programmable infrastructure presented to the customer as a service. The Dedicated Load Balancer uses Citrix® NetScaler®, the industry’s leading web application...

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    Hadoop Add-On Components Made Easy: Click to Install

    May 5, 2016
    By Daniel Morton

    Big Data Footprint

    Hadoop is one of the hottest enterprise big data technologies in the cloud today. To make big data in the cloud easier for our customers, 8 Cloudera Hadoop Add-on Services are now available for CenturyLink Cloud®. Through an ecosystem of open-source components, Hadoop Add-on Services fundamentally changes the way enterprises store, process, and analyze data to solve all kinds of big data problems.

    For many, Hadoop is too difficult to deploy and manage. Automating a four-node cluster can be a daunting task. But not with the Cloudera Blueprint for CenturyLink Cloud! We've taken the complexity out of Hadoop by automating the dozens of deployment steps associated with a new cluster environment. We reduced all these steps to just a few clicks of the mouse.

    Benefits of Cloudera Blueprint for CenturyLink Cloud

    CenturyLink's Cloudera Blueprint simplifies the process of installing, configuring, and adding components for an entire Hadoop cluster. The Blueprints come in 1 and 4 server configurations. If you need more than 4 nodes, additional nodes can be added in minutes by upgrading the Cloudera Blueprint version.

  • Log into the Control Portal. Control Portal
  • Search for Cloudera in the Blueprints library.
  • Click the Blueprint version and cluster configuration you want.
  • Fill in the appropriate details.
  • Select your Cloudera version and
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    Container Impact on the Cloud - What’s Next?

    May 5, 2016
    By Mariana Welti

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    Containers have become one of many viable solutions to running software with high reliability when migrated from one cloud environment to another. This can be from a physical machine to a virtual machine in a private or public cloud, or from a staging environment into production.

    Companies like Google, IBM, VMware and Microsoft are all investing in container offerings and are becoming more popular each day. This is largely due to the fact that containers let you pack more computing workloads onto a single server, resulting in less hardware purchase, lower facilities cost for your datacenter and reduction in experts required to manage that equipment. Meanwhile, Linux containers give each application its own isolated environment in which to run whereas multiple containers leverage the host servers’ operating system. Since you don’t have to boot up an operating system, you can create containers in seconds versus minutes like virtual machines.

    So what should I expect to see for the foreseeable future?

    Will containers eventually replace server virtualization?

    The most reasonable answer nowadays is “No”, as virtual machines still offer better security than containers do. However, it’s not a “one-or-the-other” approach either, but management tools are evolving to orchestrate large numbers of containers in...

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    Sharpening the Cloudy Arrow

    May 4, 2016
    By Mike Kane

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    Periodically, we turn over control of the CenturyLink Cloud® blog to members of our certified technology Ecosystem to share how they leverage our platform to enable customer success. This week’s guest author from the Cloud Marketplace Provider Program is Mike Kane, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, for Dyn.

    We’ve all done it at one time or another. You know… drawing a fuzzy arrow between two system components without really knowing exactly how the data is going to get from point A to point B. Almost every reference architecture scribbled on a white board has at least one such cloudy arrow. If the information has to travel between customers and users, as well as cloud and data center assets, typically the path is usually not well understood. Yet these paths can have as much impact on service performance as anything else. The situation requires deeper examination.

    The chances are, unless you’re specialized in network operations, you may not be completely aware of the nuances and challenges involved in moving data and procedure calls on the Internet. It’s time to get on it though. As your organization transitions from on-premises infrastructure to cloud-based and Hybrid architectures, you will likely find yourself relying on...

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    The Nexus Chameleon on CenturyLink Cloud

    May 4, 2016
    By Tom Coffing

    Periodically, we turn over control of the CenturyLink Cloud® blog to members of our certified technology Ecosystem to share how they leverage our platform to enable customer success. This week’s guest author from the Cloud Marketplace Provider Program is Tom Coffing, President and CEO at Coffing Data Warehousing.

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    Become a Cloud Rock Star

    The best kept secret in cloud computing just might be the Nexus Chameleon software. It has been designed and developed for over a decade to integrate all databases as if they were one giant system. Coffing Data Warehousing is excited to be providing its amazing service on the Century Link Cloud platform.

    One of the best complements we ever received was from a Vice President at the world’s largest bank who said, “Nexus is so powerful and easy-to-use that it puts the business user on the same playing field as the Data Scientist”.

    The Challenges Solved by the Nexus Chameleon

    The Nexus Chameleon has automated the most difficult challenges in today’s computing environment by doing things nobody else in the world is doing, but yet doing so with the click of the mouse.

    Imagine that you have transactional legacy systems such as DB2, Oracle, and SQL Server and, on top of that, you...

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    Meet Runner, the Newest Multi-Cloud Automation and Orchestration Service

    May 2, 2016
    By Chris Kent, Product Owner

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    CenturyLink is excited to announce the launch of Runner, a configuration management and orchestration service that works across Hybrid-IT architectures and diverse cloud environments. Runner addresses the potential time and resource drain confronting organizations that want their own private clouds. It reduces private cloud complexity and administrative workload by allowing for fast and easy automation of infrastructure in any cloud or data center. It offers fast, easy automation and orchestration on the CenturyLink Platform, as well as on third-party cloud providers and on-premise infrastructures and devices. With Runner, you can quickly provision and modify resources on any environment.

    What is Runner?

    Runner is automation made simple! Runner exposes an open source automation and orchestration engine as a service. On top of the engine, we’ve created custom services and APIs to enhance job execution capabilities. Runner was created to enable users to quickly and efficiently manage their infrastructure, wherever it is. Runner securely connects customers to their infrastructure whether on the CenturyLink Platform, other clouds, or private data centers, allowing for both push and pull-based communication. Whether provisioning, configuring, or deploying, Runner makes it easy to quickly create and run jobs, report on the status,...

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