Cloud computing has automated the traditional IT world, reducing application development time, while increasing speed and agility. Most of the automation has focused on things that are mostly short term in nature, like spinning the servers up and down with the change in demand. However, when running critical applications, it’s important to keep servers patched and constantly up to date.

Maintaining server patching is as crucial in the IT world as maintaining our cars in our day-to-day lives. Patching keeps servers healthy to fight malicious viruses, repel hacker attacks and perform like well-tuned cars. Most managed hosting customers have their servers manually patched, by scheduling this with their service provider. However, self-managed customers have to patch their own servers, a process that is tedious and time consuming, as they must manually check for updates and install them.

The CenturyLink Public Cloud now offers Patching as a Service to all our customers, both those that we manage as well as those that are self-managed, providing an automated, self-service patching approach that is both simple and provides for greater cloud security.

CenturyLink customers can now patch their servers, whenever they want, through any of the following three methods:

  1. Blueprint- simply run the appropriate blueprint for the OS - Windows 2012 or 2012 R2; RHEL 5, 6, or 7; or CentOS 5 or 6.

    Patch Management Blueprint

  2. Script Package- Similar to #1 except you can run the patching on multiple servers in the same server group.

    Patch Management for Multiple Servers

  3. API- Use an API to run patching on multiple servers in the same account.

    Patching Report

CenturyLink’s Patching as a Service also provides reporting capability that provides increased tracking, compliance and monitoring. Customers can obtain either a complete history of all patches applied to a server via this service, or completion details of patches installed with date time stamp through an API.

CenturyLink offers this service free of charge to all Cloud customers. For more detailed information please read Patching as a Service KB article. Interested in taking the CenturyLink Public Cloud for a test drive? We invite you to take advantage of this free trial offer.