Public cloud is an important part of enterprise IT.  Why?  Self-service.  APIs.  Automation.  Access to new features regularly.  Global reach. Outsourcing of infrastructure management.  OpEx consumption.

But it’s not the be-all, end-all.

Enterprise apps will always require a range of infrastructure options – Hybrid IT – including bare metal, traditional hosting…and private cloud.

The private cloud market is relatively immature (more on this in a forthcoming blog post).  The more we looked at this segment, the more we saw an opportunity to offer customers a unique value proposition.

“You got chocolate in my peanut butter…”

With CenturyLink Private Cloud, we’ve combined our approach to public cloud with the most important elements of a private cloud.

Public cloud-style agility, scale, and automation – running on dedicated hardware with physical isolation.  Available in over 55 data centers worldwide.  That’s CenturyLink Private Cloud.

We spare customers from the drudgery of infrastructure management, while offering more control over what truly matters: everything that happens from the platform up.

For example, administrators dictate who has access to the pod and what they can do on it – while wielding complete authority to govern how the node is used day-to-day.  If an instance in the public cloud is an apartment in a large building, CenturyLink Private Cloud makes you the landlord, where you handpick the tenants as you see fit.

Most importantly, the product offers this enhanced control without compromising self-service, scale, and automation.

Ten Ways CenturyLink Simplifies Private Cloud

Let’s step through ten important CenturyLink Private Cloud product attributes, and how they make life easier:

  1. Dedicated hardware & physical isolation. Compute, storage, and network are all dedicated to you, physically isolated from other deployments.  Table stakes for a private cloud.
  2. We’ll Deploy Where You Want.  Place your node close to employees, users, or partners, in over 55 of our state-of-the-art data centers.  You get unparalleled geographic flexibility and support for advanced networking and geographic flexibility.  Plus, this helps us offer the best SLAs possible, compared to customer premises models.
  3. Administrative control of your users and their deployments, with an enterprise permissions model. IT already has a way they want segment access across a global employee base.  We help you do that with point-and-click ease at a granular level.
  4. Easy oversight and day-to-day management of deployed apps.  Our management interface – the Control Portal – is a breakthrough experience for managing cloud environments at scale.  In way less time that you thought possible.
  5. Self-service access.  This is why employees turned to public cloud in the first place – servers in minutes, so they can get on with their jobs.  CenturyLink Private Cloud offers self-service to users via our Control Portal and with an API.
  6. Chargebacks, governance & detailed internal usage tracking. As IT aligns closer with the business, chargebacks and showbacks become crucial to embracing cloud.  Our built-in account hierarchies and granular invoices combine to offer you unprecedented detail to your employees about their usage.
  7. 99.99% SLAs & CenturyLink Cloud management of infrastructure.  The point of cloud is to get out of the infrastructure management, remember?  Private cloud doesn’t change that.  We have deep expertise in running cloud at scale, and that expertise goes to work for you here.
  8. Elastic compute, storage, and network.  Sure, capacity is fixed within the physical environment.  But you can ratchet resources up and down for each app that’s hosted there.  And our Service Engineering team will help you capacity plan as you go.
  9. Regular access to new features and innovation.  Our private cloud is updated with new features every 21 business days, just like our public cloud.  And because of our DevOps expertise, the downtime for your apps is negligible.  So when we add new features (like Group-based autoscaling), private cloud customers have them at the same time.  The update schedule for most other public clouds – let alone the other private cloud vendors – is not nearly as aggressive as what CenturyLink offers.
  10. OpEx model consumption.  CenturyLink Private Cloud is a pure operational expense, offering flexibility and freedom when compared to capital-intensive alternatives.

One other element of why we think this approach works so well – CenturyLink Private Cloud is federated into our public cloud network.  That means that hybrid configurations become dramatically simpler.  Deploy apps across our public nodes and your private nodes, just like you would any other multi-data center configuration (even using Blueprints if you want!).  Create firewall rules to govern access between public and private.

Hybrid IT has been a big focus for CenturyLink in the recent past, and it’s intensifying.

CenturyLink Private Cloud is a product will appeal to those enterprises that want a “transformational private cloud” (using Forrester’s excellent private cloud framework), where the goal is control and agility.

Want to know more?  Check out the product page, or reach out to our private cloud sales team.  We are looking forward to helping you advance your cloud strategy!