First-of-a-Kind Federation Offers New Cloud Business Models to Providers Serving the Enterprise Market

BELLEVUE, Wash. — February 21, 2012 ― CenturyLink Cloud, Inc. today made its Enterprise Cloud Platform (ECP) – enterprise-grade, virtual private cloud software – available to the service provider market, creating the CenturyLink Cloud Federated Cloud. CFN Services, a leading provider of high performance network and application delivery solutions, is the first CenturyLink Cloud Federated Cloud partner. CFN Services will leverage the CenturyLink Cloud platform to create a Global Financial Services Cloud (also announced today) and offer cloud services to the broader enterprise market.

With the CenturyLink Cloud Federated Cloud, CenturyLink Cloud is now offering a global fabric of elastic cloud services created through the federation of service provider nodes all running the CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform. To join the federation, a service provider brings a node anywhere in the world to be managed by CenturyLink Cloud. These service provider-owned, CenturyLink Cloud-managed nodes then work in federation with existing CenturyLink Cloud nodes, enabling service providers to immediately offer enterprise-grade, virtual private cloud. This first-of-a-kind model allows providers to serve the enterprise market with the ideal combination of their own local solutions, sales and support, coupled with enterprise-class cloud services.

Service providers see great opportunity in the fast growing market created by enterprises moving production workloads to virtual private clouds, but are stymied by the complexity of building an enterprise-class offering,” said Adam Wray, CenturyLink Cloud president and chief executive officer. “With five years of innovation in virtualization, automation and orchestration architected into our platform, CenturyLink Cloud offers service providers a fast path to market with a complete enterprise-class cloud. And, the quickly expanding CenturyLink Cloud Federated Cloud ensures that they can provide businesses with a global fabric of services backed by the same SLA, security and experience from day one. This is game changing for the regional mid-size and vertical service provider, as they can now compete with the global leaders.”

CFN Services Brings CenturyLink Cloud Federated Cloud Offerings to Market

CFN Services has joined the CenturyLink Cloud Federated Cloud Network and will provide cloud services leveraging the CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform. This partnership expands the footprint of CenturyLink Cloud Federated Cloud to Europe and APAC in 2012.

CFN Services will leverage its global ultra-low-latency networks and distributed hosting environment connecting more than 70 datacenters worldwide to offer its “Powered by CenturyLink Cloud” cloud. CFN will offer a financial services industry-specific solution, as well as a hybrid cloud solution for the broader enterprise market. CFN will extend the infrastructure supporting CenturyLink Cloud’s Federated Cloud globally, connecting federated nodes in North America, London and Frankfurt immediately and APAC later in 2012.

CFN is bringing to market a unique financial services virtual private cloud that empowers customers to innovate and integrate cloud-based solutions for improved performance, accessibility and efficiency,” said Mark Casey, CFN chief executive officer. “Our global footprint and high-performance infrastructure combined with a strong enterprise-grade cloud platform powered by CenturyLink Cloud, enables us to support the delivery of low-latency, mission-critical applications our enterprise and financial services clients demand.”


About CenturyLink Cloud

CenturyLink Cloud brings enterprise-class cloud services to enterprises globally via its Federated Cloud. The Bellevue, Wash.-based company provides an enterprise-grade virtual private cloud software platform, enhanced by a framework-agnostic cloud orchestration layer to enable IT automation and agility. Architected for security, risk mitigation and high availability ― with 99.999% SLA at all layers and disaster recovery in every deployment — CenturyLink Cloud Federated Cloud services are optimized for production environments and mission-critical applications. For more information, visit

About CFN Services

CFN Services provides high-performance network and application delivery solutions for real-time, mission-critical applications. Leveraging FiberSource®, CFN’s global network optimization platform, the company deploys and manages low-latency networks and private cloud solutions to cost-effectively improve application performance in distributed IT environments. CFN’s global cloud platform connects more than 70 leading data centers across North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit:

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  • Jennifer Handshew
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