Cloud. It’s a disruptive force. Here in Seattle some may think of it only in terms of weather, but at CenturyLink we know it’s something much greater and its impact on our organization is being felt company wide. It’s been less than a year since CenturyLink acquired Bellevue-based Tier 3 and branded it CenturyLink Cloud. At the time we announced our plans of opening the Cloud Development Center in the Seattle area, saying “Tier 3’s products, roadmap and vision are now the foundation of CenturyLink’s cloud strategy and anchor the new Seattle-based CenturyLink Cloud Development Center.”

Why Seattle? It turns out Seattle is the center of the cloud universe. Forbes ranked it the best city for tech jobs. We all know that Amazon has an enormous campus in South Lake Union, Microsoft is headquartered in Redmond, but did you know Google’s development center for cloud is based in Seattle and Kirkland? And, since the entire country believes it rains here 24/7, can you think of a more natural place for the Cloud Development Center to be placed?

Officially opening on October 14th, the CenturyLink Cloud Development Center encompasses almost 30,000 square feet in Bellevue, WA. Beyond its partnership with CenturyLink Field – go Seahawks! - CenturyLink has truly invested in our presence in Seattle. Today our more than 1,500 local employees serve our consumer and business customers with services ranging from 1 GIG broadband services to our three local data centers offering a wide-range of colocation-to-cloud. At the Cloud Development Center the engineering staff, which has doubled in size since November, will grow to more than 250 professionals. Anchored by a Cloud Executive Briefing Center, the Cloud Development Center will host CenturyLink clients from around the globe for discussions surrounding the evolving role of cloud in Hybrid IT strategies. The Cloud Development Center will also be a hub for community events such as startup up and developer meet ups – one example is the upcoming Cloud Foundry Meet Up we’ll host on October 16th.

Form Meets Function:  Designing for Today’s Workforce

The Cloud Development Center features a flowing, open design, which is reflective of our employees’ personality.

CenturyLink Cloud Office Space

One cultural artifact:  During the job interview process, all potential employees are asked to name a favorite movie and why. Yes – this is all about understanding how the potential employee thinks. This movie question has become so ingrained into the new center that meeting rooms are named after movie places: Death Star, Jack Rabbit Slims, Thunderdome and the Bat Cave. And, the break room wall (pictured) has a few favorite lines on it – all suggested by employees. Can you name the movie they came from? (See the end of the article for the answers) There is also a little local flavor; the tables pictured were fabricated by the manufacturer who made the reclaimed distressed wood tables at CenturyLink Field.

Watch for more over the next month about the CenturyLink Cloud Development Center as we get ready to celebrate its Grand Opening on October 14th.

Movie Wall Quiz Answers:

We have a hulk – The Avengers

Do or do not, there is no try – Star Wars V – The Empire Strikes Back

Fear is the mind killer – Dune

Come get some – Army of Darkness