Analyst Reports

Independent Third-Party Research and Industry Analysis on CenturyLink Cloud by Gartner, 451 Research and Others.

451 Research

CenturyLink Maintains Commitment to Cloud

Authored by 451 Research analyst Al Sadowski, this report drills down into CenturyLink’s cloud strategy and the devops culture that supports it.

"One telco that has not waivered on its commitment to cloud is CenturyLink... investing in cloud-based products that are available in a self-service and managed fashion. For telcos like CenturyLink, success is not just about technology, it is about evolving legacy business processes, updating support systems previously built for network circuit inventories and reorganizing sales organizations to engage clients in discussions beyond bandwidth requirements."

CenturyLink Stretches Further toward the Cloud with ElasticBox Buy

From 451 Research analysts Al Sadowski, Donnie Berkholz and Scott Denne, this report analyzes the CenturyLink acquisition of ElasticBox.

"Enterprises find operating hybrid clouds increasingly difficult – [Cloud Application Manager's] offerings ease heterogeneous infrastructure and application provisioning, so they should fit nicely in CenturyLink's self-service portal later this year."

451 Research focuses on the business of enterprise IT innovation within emerging technology segments and provides insight to end-users, service providers, vendors, and investors worldwide.

Cloud Spectator

CenturyLink Cloud Outperforms in EU

Cloud Spectator conducted a study comparing nine major IaaS vendors in the EU — including Amazon AWS, Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer — where CenturyLink Cloud outperformed all others.

"CenturyLink achieves the highest CloudSpecs Score in the 9 cloud IaaS providers ranking. This is largely due to high vCPU & memory performance and its inexpensive customizable pricing."

Cloud Spectator is a cloud benchmarking and consulting agency focused on cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) performance. They conducted a study comparing nine major IaaS vendors in the EU — including Amazon AWS, Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer — where CenturyLink Cloud outperformed all others.


How CenturyLink is Using its Own Cloud Platform to Showcase Capabilities

Ovum's analysis concludes that CenturyLink's decision to reference itself shows how cloud providers can demonstrate the viability of their offerings by actually being their own "customer." This maturity model helps communicate CenturyLink's vision for a continued journey to the cloud to both internal stakeholders and customers. This approach has broken down barriers between operations and development, enabling every IT stakeholder to be engaged in real-time dialogue and meet targets of increased operational agility.

Ovum is an independent, UK-based firm that advises on the commercial impact of technology and market changes in telecoms, software and IT services. Ovum's case study of CenturyLink observes that the organization's migration to its own public cloud meets two primary objectives. First, it's part of a larger strategic IT initiative focused on business agility. Second, CenturyLink wants to act as a reference customer for its own CenturyLink Cloud.

Frost and Sullivan

How CenturyLink is Setting the Standard for the Next Generation of Cloud Services

Stratecast research shows that cloud adoption soared in 2014, with more than 50% of US-based businesses now using public cloud. To be sure, many users continue to be attracted by the same tactical benefits as in the past: low-cost access to scalable, on-demand infrastructure resources. Nonetheless, the research reveals an increasing percentage of IT leaders are turning to the cloud as part of a broader effort to support strategic business goals. The new IT approach focuses on business outcomes (for example, agility and market responsiveness), with enterprises matching workloads with the most appropriate deployment option and delivery model. To support this new, hybrid IT environment, the cloud service of the future needs to deliver a high degree of functionality, flexibility, interoperability, visibility, and control.

Frost & Sullivan Honors CenturyLink with "Company of the Year Award"

Frost & Sullivan honored CenturyLink with the 2015 "Company of the Year Award – The Cloud Industry, North America." The award, based on Frost & Sullivan's extensive research and a survey of IT decision-makers, recognizes CenturyLink's hybrid IT portfolio for meeting the needs of the next generation of technical and line-of-business cloud users for highly automated, efficient, reliable and flexible IT services.

Frost & Sullivan also awarded CenturyLink with the Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Strategy Award in 2015.


CenturyLink Named “Visionary” in the Gartner MQ for Cloud IaaS, 2015

Get deep insight on where cloud infrastructure is headed, a detailed analysis of vendors, and Gartner's review of major market and industry trends. Gartner has positioned CenturyLink Cloud Services as a Visionary in the new Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). In this analysts briefing, Gartner defines Cloud IaaS 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.”

CenturyLink Named "Leader" in the Gartner MQ for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, APAC, 2015

Gartner also named CenturyLink a "Leader" in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Asia Pacific, 2015. Being named a "Leader" in Gartner's Magic Quadrant has become the standard to which IT vendors aspire. Gartner describes the leader's quadrant in the Magic Quadrant report as those companies that "... have staying power in this market, can frequently innovate on their existing products and can be relied on for enterprise-class needs. They have proved their technical competence and ability to deliver services to a wide range of customers."

CenturyLink Named a "Niche" Player in the Gartner MQ for Cloud IaaS, 2016

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Worldwide, delivers an in-depth analysis of cloud (IaaS) use cases and specific vendor offerings. It features insights into bimodal sourcing criteria and evaluation patterns to help you decide where and how to deploy your applications and workloads to cloud IaaS.

CenturyLink’s platform strategy is rooted in the belief that our broader range of automated services across management, infrastructure, and network frees up a greater level of customer resources than would be achieved by purely focusing at the cloud computing layer. We feel this is a differentiated and unique approach compared to other service providers in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, and one we look forward to discussing with our customers seeking a digital transformation of their own.

CenturyLink Remains a "Niche" Player in the Gartner MQ for Cloud IaaS, 2017

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) analyzes cloud IaaS providers and offerings for both public and private cloud. The goal is to offer insight into the cloud IaaS resources, the automated management of those resources, the management tools delivered as services, and the cloud software infrastructure services. When customers look for cloud IaaS, they generally fall into one of two IT sourcing patterns: Mode 1 and Mode 2. Mode 1 customers are looking for more traditional IT and place an emphasis on cost reduction, safety, and security. Mode 2 customers look to cloud IaaS for their agile IT structure, and emphasize developer productivity and business agility. While most cloud IaaS has traditionally been bought for Mode 2, there has been an increase in Mode 1.

CenturyLink’s platform strategy is rooted in the ability to deliver the breadth of our capabilities in an API-accessible and composable fashion. Our managed services platform successfully blends the self-service and managed service models across a hybrid solution portfolio. In our Niche Player role for 2017, Gartner has recognized us for moving closer to "visionary" status. We are also seen as a provider that can meet the needs of both Mode 1 and Mode 2 buyers with our wide range of service models that can provide stability and agility for global enterprises, with a complete portfolio of “agile infrastructure” products and managed services. We continue to focus on digital transformation where security, geography, and connectivity matter: in the form of composable, documented, consistent service modules.

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Cloud Harmony

Cloud Harmony CenturyLink Hyperscale Testing Report

The independent testing results are in, and CenturyLink Cloud’s Hyperscale cloud compute instances are the ones to beat for key performance measures and total cost of ownership. With the launch of our new Hyperscale server instances, we approached an independent analytics company, CloudHarmony, and asked them to conduct an extended performance test that compared CenturyLink Cloud Hyperscale servers to the best of breed equivalent servers offered by AWS & Rackspace. CloudHarmony is a well-respected shop that collects data from dozens of benchmarks and shares the results publicly for anyone to dissect.  After running a variety of benchmarks over a long period of time (to ensure that the test gave an accurate look over an extended window), they shared their findings with the world.

Dimensional Research

Is the Public Cloud Secure? The Truth from Public Cloud Customers

As the excitement around cloud technology increased, one of the top cloud concerns raised was security. Security fears, fueled by the unknown, tainted all cloud solutions options: Public, private, and hybrid. While there is still plenty of cloud hype, many companies have progressed beyond sandbox projects and are now leveraging a cloud operating model for mission critical applications that directly affect their operations and profits. Cloud adoption is at a point where companies are utilizing public cloud services for their top tier applications and critical customer data. This 5-page research report, conducted by independent research firm, Dimensional Research, shares the experiences of real customers and profiles the CenturyLink Cloud approach to security.

Dimensional Research interviewed two organizations that have deployed enterprise-class public cloud solutions and obtain in-depth feedback on security effectiveness and actual realized value from moving to the cloud. The companies in this report are customers of CenturyLink Cloud (formerly Tier 3).