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CenturyLink Named a Leader in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting, Europe

For the fifth consecutive year, Gartner has positioned CenturyLink as a “Leader” in their Magic Quadrant for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting, Europe based on an evaluation of our “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision”. According to Gartner, “Leaders have proved they 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. They address multiple use cases with stand-alone or integrated solutions. They also have a presence in multiple European locations to offer solutions around data sovereignty requirements.”

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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