CenturyLink Cloud is a 2012 Magic Quadrant Visionary for Public Cloud Infrastructure

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BELLEVUE, Wash. — October 22, 2012 — Tier 3, Inc., the enterprise cloud platform company, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Visionary in the 2012 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service1. The Magic Quadrant depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner.

Tier 3 offers a full featured, well-engineered platform with an easy to use self-service portal along with its innovative and ambitious product roadmap. Architected for the enterprise, Tier 3’s trusted virtual private cloud solution puts companies on the path to IT as a Service without compromising on IT requirements. The Tier 3 cloud offers a services fabric PaaS and advanced orchestration to enable agility for both greenfield and legacy applications as well as advanced management features that enhance IT operational efficiency, creating scale around our customers most valuable resource –people.

Read the 2012 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service report.

For the report, Gartner defines Infrastructure as a Service as a standardized, highly automated offering, where compute resources, complemented by storage and networking capabilities, are owned by a service provider and offered to the customer on demand. The resources are scalable and elastic in near-real-time, and metered by use. Self-service interfaces are exposed directly to the customer, including a Web-based UI and, optionally, an API. The resources may be single-tenant or multi-tenant, and hosted by the service provider or on-premises in the customer’s data center.

Tier 3 credits the strength and flexibility of its platform for its ability to be the cloud provider of choice for businesses looking to reap the business value of the cloud. Organizations worldwide are increasingly turning to the Tier 3 cloud platform for its superior cloud management capabilities that bring IT efficiencies and cost savings.

“We believe Tier 3’s position within the Visionary quadrant is a testament to our efforts to deliver innovative and powerful yet easy-to-use cloud offerings that help enterprises migrate business-critical workloads to the cloud,” said Jared Wray, founder and CEO at Tier 3. “As we approach the coming year, we will continue to both aggressively invest in innovation and grow our global cloud footprint so that enterprises reap the benefits of our rich, comprehensive cloud service for even their most complex and critical deployments.”

About Tier 3

Tier 3 unleashes business agility through unique, enterprise-class cloud services and software that puts global companies on the path to IT as a Service. The company’s virtual private cloud services combine both infrastructure (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) in a comprehensive platform. The Tier 3 Cloud increases IT operational efficiency and flexibility through advanced cloud orchestration and management capabilities. Global enterprises and service providers find the Tier 3 Cloud ideal for their entire business application portfolios, from development to production environments and mission-critical applications. The Company is based in Bellevue, WA, with regional presence in multiple locations in the US, Canada and Europe.

About the Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

1 “Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service” by Lydia Leong, Douglas Toombs, Bob Gill, Gregor Petri, Tiny Haynes, November 2012

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