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 Jennifer Lankford from Orchestrate, a provider of NoSQL database services focused on developer agility.

As interest from enterprise customers began to increase in late 2014, we decided to run some benchmarks on CenturyLink Cloud and take it through its paces. The results pleasantly surprised us and should make the users of competing cloud providers take notice. Not only did CenturyLink Cloud perform consistently better than the biggest providers on all fronts, its pricing is highly competitive, and it boasts a web-based GUI that makes the user experience a breeze. So today, we’re very excited to share that Orchestrate is now available on CenturyLink Cloud, and can be deployed today through the ecosystem.

This is great news because it gives CenturyLink’s global network of Fortune 1000 companies immediate access to the flexibility and cost-savings associated with Orchestrate. The partnership makes perfect sense for both companies and especially their customers — CenturyLink and Orchestrate share a common vision for simplifying the deployment of applications to the cloud on a grand scale. Enterprise IT and DevOps need ways to be more agile, deploy faster, and reduce costs, while at the same time remaining compliant, available, and repeatable. Enter CenturyLink Cloud Blueprints.

Repeatable Deployments to the Cloud

You might recall that back in 2013, CenturyLink acquired AppFog, the PaaS startup from Portland, and not longer after, cloud management platform Tier 3. These moves helped the carrier rise up to become one of the more sophisticated infrastructure solutions on the market today. Read more about it in Alex William’s article on TechCrunch, or see Lydia Leong’s take on the Gartner blog.

Why are CenturyLink Cloud Blueprints such a big deal? This orchestration model automates the design and deployment of complex environments and applications onto CenturyLink’s Cloud. This orchestration model gives users a suite of tools for designing, configuring, and deploying environments, and allows them to save these Blueprints as repeatable workflows that can be deployed by the entire CenturyLink Cloud user community. This improves IT agility, and decreases time to market for even the most complex environments and applications.

A Persistence Blueprint

So you have a web application, and you want to save it as a template and deploy it to CenturyLink Cloud. One of your biggest concerns is likely to be the persistence layer, and how to manage backups, availability, and compliance. Do you take the time to drum up another database or VM and replicate the data set? How will you persist the data?

Using Blueprints to deploy Orchestrate, you will immediately gain access to the features of many databases in a single, simple database-as-a-service (DBaaS). Orchestrate manages the databases, essentially eliminating an entire layer of complexity for users.

Orchestrate uses HBase, Elasticsearch, and several other proven open source components to provide a fault-tolerant and scalable DBaaS. It relies on a simple, standardized, NoSQL query syntax and allows users to access five different database types, including a JSON store, search (Apache Lucene), geospatial, events, and graph, all through a single REST API. In any environment, Orchestrate will drastically speed time to market and circumvent a lot of time (and cost) associated with setting up and managing databases.

As part of CenturyLink Cloud Blueprints, implications for agile development are enormous when you consider that any environment or application can now be repeatedly deployed at the push of a button.

How to Get it

To deploy Orchestrate on CenturyLink Cloud, locate its Blueprint in the Control Portal, then follow the steps to set up an account and set custom parameters. The database will be automatically provisioned and you’ll receive a link to the environment, which is pre-populated with the demo app and data set for MarvelousDB.

We’re thrilled that CenturyLink took notice of MarvelousDB — it’s a great hands-on example of how Orchestrate works, and shows off its breadth of query features nicely. By giving each new user on the Blueprints ecosystem a chance to experiment with the MarvelousDB application, CenturyLink provides a great way to showcase the flexibility and usability of Orchestrate along with the push-button deployment capabilities of Blueprints.

Pricing for Orchestrate on CenturyLink will remain unchanged. As part of the partnership, Orchestrate will also gain access to marketing and sales support from CenturyLink and reach to its global network of enterprise customers.

Once you become a database hero for your organization, your biggest concern will be figuring out what to do with all the time and money you used to spend deploying and babysitting databases.

####KB Article: Getting Started with Orchestrate

All Marvel-related data provided as part of the public Marvel API, © Marvel

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