CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform’s Performance, Implementation and Disaster Recovery Capabilities Leverage NetApp Solutions

BELLEVUE, Wash.—June 15, 2011—CenturyLink Cloud, the enterprise cloud company, today announced it is a Gold-level member in the NetApp Partner Program for Service Providers. Long coupled with flexible and efficient NetApp® storage and data management solutions, CenturyLink Cloud’s agile, self-optimizing enterprise cloud platform helps enterprises confidently run mission-critical, production applications in the cloud. CenturyLink Cloud first architected its enterprise cloud platform to include NetApp as part of its infrastructure in 2007, immediately reducing backup on an entire data center from 24 hours to one hour and cutting time to restore customer data from 3.5 days to under an hour. Now an official Gold-level member of the new Partner Program for Service Providers, CenturyLink Cloud will receive additional storage expertise, resources and best practices from NetApp that will enable the company to continue to meet the unique performance, implementation and disaster recovery needs of enterprise cloud-based applications and services.

Our mission is to provide our customers with an enterprise-grade cloud platform with the SLAs, security and built-in disaster recovery they require,” said Adam Wray, chief executive officer, CenturyLink Cloud. “From the get-go, the secure multi-tenant architecture we built leveraging NetApp’s storage and data management solutions have been a key enabling factor in delivering that experience to our customers over and over again. We trust that the greater level of collaboration and support we’ll receive as a Gold level preferred partner will help us better serve enterprises in the cloud so they can continue to focus on their core business.

Our partner ecosystem is critical to helping enterprises increase efficiency and flexibility in their IT infrastructure, especially vital as more and more of these companies look to offer their applications and services in the cloud,” said Todd Palmer, vice president of Americas Channels at NetApp. “Partners such as CenturyLink Cloud play an important role in bringing these secure, multi-tenant public cloud offerings to market and helping enterprises make critical infrastructure decisions to accelerate their businesses.” The key benefits CenturyLink Cloud has discovered by building its secure, multi-tenant enterprise cloud platform on top of building NetApp’s storage and data management solution include:

  • High Performance: With its own unique technologies that can optimize storage performance of the NetApp offerings, CenturyLink Cloud is delivering cloud performance that approaches that of on-premises SANs scaling into the 100,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) range to meet enterprise storage demands.
  • Smarter storage. Leveraging NetApp technology, CenturyLink Cloud allows customers to spin up fully redundant virtual SANs as if they have their own dedicated SAN in the cloud. Virtual SANs provide 99.999 percent uptime without the need for dedicated drives or management. CenturyLink Cloud supports Microsoft and Linux clustering and CIFS, NFS and iSCSI mounts. Its virtual SANs provide easy deployment, full redundancy and superior performance that scale automatically in real time through its intelligent predictive technology.
  • Business Continuity: Enterprise customers benefit from business continuity built in as a standard feature of every deployment on a CenturyLink Cloud cloud platform. CenturyLink Cloud also leverages NetApp technology as part of its unique built-in client backup and virtual drive features.

About CenturyLink Cloud

CenturyLink Cloud, based in Bellevue, Wash., goes beyond traditional cloud offerings to provide an agile, self-optimizing enterprise cloud platform. Enterprises large and small depend on the company’s secure, intelligent platform to run their mission-critical, production applications and services. They realize cloud benefits of lower TCO and dynamic scaling, but delivered on an enterprise-class platform with SLAs, security, and built-in disaster recovery. In addition, innovative technologies deliver predictive optimization for unprecedented performance at all layers. CenturyLink Cloud customers count on the company for the flexibility and freedom to focus on their core business. For more information, visit http://www.tier3.com. NetApp, the NetApp logo, and Go further, faster are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. The use of the term “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership between NetApp and any other company.