High Performance Cloud Servers

Access and control your servers through our web-based interface or API. Execute power operations, assign IP addresses, view activity history and more.

Create on-demand high-performance cloud servers with any combination of operating system, CPU, memory and storage. Don't be locked into generic server sizes.

Powerful scheduling tools to automate and complete server admin jobs, or define and apply alert policies to be notified if/when actions should be taken.

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Get Notified of Usage Spikes

Get Notified Of Usage Spikes

Create CPU, memory or storage alert policies, apply them to servers, and consume alerts in 3 key ways—email, webhook, or through visual indicators in the Control Portal interface.

Set and Forget It With Scheduled Tasks

Set And Forget It With Scheduled Tasks

With scheduled tasks, automate and coordinate maintenance activities, turn off developer machines over the weekend, or automatically delete or archive servers at the end of a project.

Easily Perform Power Operations

Easily Perform Power Operations

Access and control your server's status via a simple power menu.

Define Your Own Baseline OS Templates

Define Your Own Baseline OS Templates

Create your own baseline OS templates for deployment within the Control Portal. These templates may include customization, software packages, security templates or other components.

Integrated and Custom Backup Solutions

Integrated Or Custom Backup Solutions

All standard servers include 5 days rolling backups, while Premium backup offers 14 days of rolling backups, with copies stored locally and at a secondary regional data center. Or implement your own self-service volume shadow copy service.



Take a snapshot when you reach a milestone to allow a server to be quickly reverted back to a set point in time. Even setup snapshots to be taken at scheduled intervals.

Automated Patch Management

Automated Patch Management

For time-savings, enhanced security and reliability, deploy Patching-as-a-Service to automatically patch your servers (individually or as a Group of servers) using either a Blueprint, script package or API. Ideal for longstanding VMs - where you need to be able to count on them over a long period of time - and mission-critical workloads.

Security and Compliance

Security and Compliance

The CenturyLink Cloud was designed to be exceptionally secure and compliant, and incorporates many features that other cloud providers charge extra for, including built-in “defense in depth” security and automated patch management, to ensure your servers remain in conformance with critical OS vendor requirements.

Additional Highlights

Enterprise-Level Security

Your data on CenturyLink’s virtual private servers (VPS) are protected by our “defense in depth” security model—satisfying rigorous enterprise security standards without costly add-ons.

High Performance

Our cloud infrastructure is optimized across the stack for high performance—from premium hardware to custom performance enhancing technologies.

Global Footprint

Choose where your apps and data reside. Build and manage cloud servers across multiple interconnected data centers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and more.

Compliant & Audited

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

Flexible Support Options

We deliver the level of support that’s right for you. Choose a support tier, then add service tasks and managed services as needed.

Bulk Management

Server Groups empower you to organize, administer and manage many servers as a single unit. Perform power operations, view reports, create alerts and schedule events in one place.

Disaster Recovery

Built-in disaster recovery solutions reinforce our highly redundant infrastructure.

High Availability

We include powerful load balancing and redundancy features that improve uptime.

Reference Architecture Guide

View our reference guide on building highly available and scalable web application using our cloud servers.

Web Application Hosting Best Practices guide


Build cloud servers to meet your specific requirements, rather than choosing from a rigid set of pre-configured options. Our servers are consumed and billed on an hourly basis.

CPU Up to 16 vCPUs hourly, per vCPU
Memory Up to 128 GB RAM hourly, per GB
Storage Up to 4 TB local hourly, price per GB allocated
Orchestration Use Blueprints to build an unlimited number of deployable “templates” including VM specs, operating systems, software packages, and scripts. Deploy on-demand. included
Infrastructure Management Conduct routine infrastructure administrative tasks, including maintenance and bulk updates. included
Infrastructure Monitoring Comprehensive Cloud Server monitoring and reporting across memory, CPU, disk usage, and server performance. included
Account Management Track Cloud Server usage with categories that match their organizational structure. This simplifies billing across different divisions. included
Autoscale Manage and apply CPU Autoscale policies for cloud servers. Automatically scale up and down based on user-defined thresholds. included
Security “Defense in depth” security model, with safeguards at multiple levels. included
Patch Management Automatic patching of individual servers or Groups through Blueprint, script package or API. included

Optional Features

The following products are available for customers with advanced requirements. They may be added to a single server or groups of servers. Contact us for a custom quote.

Networking Supports data transfer over public Internet interfaces. Note: there is no charge for internal data center traffic. Cost on a per GB-out model
Data Backup Set custom retention policies for data stored on VMs. Cost per GB used
Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Off-site replication to a secondary data center for the 2 most recent backups. Service Level Agreements for RTO and RPO are also available. Cost per GB used & network bandwidth consumed for replication
Virtual Load Balancing Citrix Netscaler virtual load balancer. Monthly, per virtual
CDN CDN delivery services from multiple providers. Appliance instance. Different sizes are available.
IPSEC VPN Persistent point-to-point VPN tunnel. Cost per GB

Operating Systems

CenturyLink's cloud servers are preconfigured with an ever-growing list of operating systems. You can also upload your own images of supported operating systems.

Operating Systems
operating system 64-bit
CentOS 5 CentOS 5 64 Bit
CentOS 6 CentOS 6 64 Bit
Debian 6 Debian 6 64 Bit
Debian 7 Debian 7 64 Bit
RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 RedHat 5 64 Bit
RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 RedHat 6 64 Bit
RedHat Enterprise Linux 7 RedHat 7 64 Bit
Ubuntu 12 Ubuntu 12 64 Bit
Ubuntu 14 Ubuntu 14 64 Bit
Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 64 Bit
Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 64 Bit
Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2012 64 Bit
Resource hourly monthly
Virtual CPU

2 Ghz+ Processor (up to 16 CPU)

$0.01 $7.20
Virtual RAM

1 GB (up to 128 GB)

$0.015 $10.80
Block Storage w/ Standard Backup

Persistent storage (single data center, 5 days of snapshot backup). Price per GB.

$0.00021 $0.15
Block Storage w/ Premium Backup

Persistent storage (single data center, 14 days of snapshot backup). Price per GB.

$0.0007 $0.50

Resources charged hourly, monthly estimates based on 720 hours. Does not include operating system/software licensing.

Data Center Locations

  • North America

  • US Central (Chicago)
  • US Central (Salt Lake City)
  • US East (New York)
  • US East (Sterling)
  • US West (Seattle)
  • US West (Santa Clara)
  • Canada (Toronto - Markham)
  • Canada (Toronto - Mississauga)
  • Canada (Vancouver)
  • Europe

  • Great Britain (Portsmouth)
  • Great Britain (Slough)
  • Germany (Frankfurt)
  • Asia Pacific

  • Singapore

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