CenturyLink Private Cloud

Our public cloud, offered as a dedicated node inside a CenturyLink data center, available in over 55 locations in seven countries.

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United Management of Private & Public Cloud

Control Portal  •  Self-Service & APIs  •  Automation  •  Orchestration

Some applications in your IT portfolio may not be a good fit to move to the public cloud. If you’ve looked at private clouds, or have tried to build your own, you know there are often significant drawbacks to these solutions, especially when you compare them to full-featured public clouds.

That’s why we built CenturyLink Private Cloud. It delivers the best of public cloud, with the most important elements of a private cloud.

No Compromising

You no longer have to choose. Now you can deliver a private cloud platform that your business needs to get things done fast, with the governance and oversight you need to stay in control.

Everything You Need from Private Cloud

  • Dedicated hardware & physical isolation
  • Maximum control over user permissions, access levels
  • Easy oversight and day-to-day management of deployed apps
  • Self-service access
  • Chargebacks, governance & detailed internal usage tracking

Everything You Love About Public Cloud

  • Infrastructure management, 24x7 by network engineers
  • Hosted in world-class CenturyLink facilities
  • Elastic compute, storage, and network
  • Regular access to new features and innovation
  • OpEx Model Consumption
  • Best-in-class Service Level Agreements

The CenturyLink Private Cloud runs the same version of our software, so you have access to all of our management, automation, and orchestration capabilities.

CenturyLink Private Cloud


Massive Capacity on Dedicated Hardware

High-powered cloud infrastructure, ready to power your most important apps and securely store your most sensitive data. Expand to include Hyperscale instances or a custom configuration of compute, storage, and network.


Give internal teams unique, dev/test sandbox accounts, and easily monitor usage and activity. Extensive self-service features and a complete API.

Centralized IT Management

Broad control for enterprise administrators. Built-in governance, orchestration, and automation to make cloud easy. Comprehensive roles and permissions models to segment access to granular levels. Includes support for chargebacks via detailed invoicing and account hierarchies.

Physically Isolated, Yet Integrated

CenturyLink Private Cloud is physically isolated, but remains connected in key ways: it can be federated with our public cloud to boost usability, and support your desired (hybrid) cloud mix, leveraging CenturyLink’s Cloud Network Services or Direct Connect. It receives new features and enhancements on the same cadence as our public cloud.


Geographic Flexibility

Deploy at over 55 CenturyLink locations, in seven countries.

Elastic Cloud Services

Complete product catalog, available on-demand, just like our public cloud.

Control Portal UX

Create and manage environments with our powerful management, automation and orchestration platform.

Physical Isolation

Fully isolated compute, storage, and network on hardware that’s dedicated to you.

Enterprise SLAs

Our NOC keeps your Private Cloud running, 24x7, and delivers against one of the most rigorous SLAs in the industry.

Managed Services On-Demand

Opt-in for managed services, and let our team manage your most critical operating systems and applications. Available in select locations.

Compliant & Audited

Our platform is SSAE 16 SOC2 Type 2 certified, and we’ve helped customers comply with industry regulations like HIPAA.

Enterprise-Level Security

Your data is protected by our “defense in depth” security model—satisfying rigorous enterprise security standards without costly add-ons.

CenturyLink Public Cloud CenturyLink Private Cloud
Locations 13+ Locations Worldwide CenturyLink Data Centers Worldwide
Architecture Multi-tenant Single-tenant
Physical Isolation No Yes, for Compute, Storage, Network
Extensive Self-Service Capabilities Yes Yes
Servers Yes Yes
Hyperscale Yes Optional
Block Storage & Optional File-Level Backups Yes Yes
Object Storage Canada & US Yes
Self-Service Network (VPN, Firewall, Load Balancers) Yes Yes
Billing Model Resource Consumed By pod, multi-year commitment required
Control Portal (Account Management, Blueprints, Groups, Monitoring, Scheduling) Yes Yes
APIs Yes Yes
Infrastructure Management CenturyLink Cloud NOC CenturyLink Cloud NOC
Regular Platform Updates & Hotfixes Yes Yes

Available Cities

  • North America

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Burbank, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Irvine, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Montreal, QC
  • New York / New Jersey
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • San Jose, CA
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Sterling, VA
  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Toronto, ON
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Europe

  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Central London, UK
  • Docklands, UK
  • Outer London, UK
  • Reading, UK
  • Asia

  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo

Use Cases

Migration from on-premise virtualization or ‘homegrown’ private clouds

Businesses looking to migrate from on-premise or “do it yourself” options often consider private clouds. Why? To deliver more self-service capabilities to employees, while retaining the benefits of dedicated infrastructure. CenturyLink Private Cloud is an ideal option. Our solution also frees up more IT resources: the node is hosted in a CenturyLink facility, and our NOC manages your cloud to superior SLAs (99.99% uptime for compute, 100% for public network). And we have extensive professional services to ensure your migration goes smoothly.

IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS), Chargebacks, & Overcoming Shadow IT

Many organizations are wrestling with ‘shadow IT’ – the use of applications unauthorized by corporate IT. Employees want to be good corporate citizens, and if IT delivers a good solution, users will follow. That’s where CenturyLink’s family of cloud products can help. Customize our management interface to match your corporate brand. Then, implement account hierarchies and permissions that match internal policies. From there, employees can consume resources from our self-service interface. All the while, IT can manage and monitor environments using our Control Portal. At the end of the month, you can then “chargeback” these resources to other departments, easily and accurately. That’s IT-as-a-Service made easy, across both public and private nodes.

Financial Services

Dedicated infrastructure has always been a must-have for companies in this vertical. Lightning-fast performance and control over where data is stored are two key reasons. No matter your segment – insurance, capital markets, commercial banking – CenturyLink Private Cloud delivers on both fronts. What’s more, our Control Portal has powerful administrative tools to help you control, monitor, and optimize the apps running on your cloud. And this enhanced control comes without compromise - employees have self-service access to the scalable infrastructure they need to get the job done.

Private-Public Deployments

CenturyLink Private Cloud is logically integrated with our public cloud. That means users can easily deploy applications that span public and private nodes. IT pros can create firewalls between your private cloud and our public locations, and then manage the environment, all from within the Control Portal. And there is a unified service engineering team to help with support. Connections with other infrastructure can be done via Direct Connect, or in select locations, with CenturyLink’s Cloud Network Service.


Applications that host patient information, images, or data from clinical trials need to comply with HIPAA and other regulations. Our public cloud can help, but sometimes a hybrid solution is required. That’s where CenturyLink Private Cloud – and our larger portfolio of products comes in. Our team of experts can work with you to design just the right configuration for your unique requirements.

Community Cloud

What’s a community cloud? It’s infrastructure shared by a few organizations with common requirements. That makes it a middle ground between the extremes of public cloud (shared by everyone) and private cloud (shared by no one). CenturyLink Private Cloud works well for this scenario. The product delivers pay-as-you-go flexibility, detailed chargeback features, 3rd party management, as well as support for common security, compliance, and privacy requirements.

App Lifecycle – Test, Dev, & Production

Developers need self-service tools, automation, and scalability to build great apps – even if those workloads interact with your most sensitive data. That’s exactly what CenturyLink Private Cloud delivers. Organizations can manage the entire application lifecycle, all in a dedicated environment.

CapEx to OpEx

Businesses are always looking to shift from capital expenses to operational expenses. Cloud computing offers a great opportunity move to an OpEx model—hardware, licensing, and more are eliminated. CenturyLink Private Cloud is dedicated infrastructure as a service, offering enterprises the benefits of an OpEx consumption model.

CenturyLink Private Cloud

Isolated compute, storage, and network, hosted in a CenturyLink facility. Priced by the pod, multi-year commitment required.

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