Organizations increasingly utilize multiple infrastructures and deployment models in a hybrid configuration. To optimize application deployment and minimize administrative burdens, they demand a comprehensive hybrid management platform that helps them manage the full IT environment — cloud and premises-based, remote and local, Infrastructure, Platform, and Software-as-a-Service — as a pool of IT resources.

When considering a hybrid management platform, businesses look beyond basic management and orchestration capabilities to the number and types of cloud services, hypervisors, APIs, and microservices a platform can support. Enterprise IT organizations also consider whether a platform can manage non-virtualized workloads and containers.

Frost & Sullivan has a global team of analysts and consultants who conduct ongoing research across multiple markets, sectors and geographies. Through extensive primary and secondary research across the entire value chain of specific products, they identify companies whose consistently high standards for product or service quality and innovation allow them to form deep customer relationships. Against this backdrop, Frost & Sullivan recently recognized CenturyLink as the Product Leader in Hybrid Cloud Management Platforms.

According to Frost & Sullivan’s research, CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager® stands out among the competition for its comprehensive capabilities and “managed anywhere” services, which make the platform easy to use across a hybrid environment.

Few providers can match the number and types of resources that Cloud Application Manager can administer, making it attractive and well-matched to the needs of enterprise customers, Frost & Sullivan said in announcing the award.

While other cloud infrastructure providers offer different levels of hybrid cloud management, many satisfy customers’ hybrid demands through partner solutions, CenturyLink uses hybrid cloud management as an area of clear differentiation.

Frost & Sullivan appreciates how CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager also allows customers to invoke “Managed Services Anywhere.” With this service, CenturyLink can take over management of a particular workload and assist with optimization, performance, or general management with just a few mouse clicks, for as long as the customer needs.

The service can handle infrastructure deployment and configuration, full application lifecycle management, performance monitoring and alerting, automatic scaling, data replication, and advanced analytics.

With Cloud Application Manager, CenturyLink has created a truly cross-cloud management platform that enables customers to manage hybrid environments and can provision to a range of private cloud environments based on different hypervisors. The platform can also be configured to interact with non-virtualized legacy workloads with additional scripting.

For more information, read about Frost & Sullivan’s report or more about Cloud Application Manager.