Development & Test Environments

Quickly spin up and tear down development and test environments.

We provide all the tools and functionality developers love, from a robust open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to dev/test environments that spin up and tear down quickly. This enables you to bring on new developers, or try new configurations quickly and easily.

Why Developers Love CenturyLink Cloud

Our cloud services — enterprise-class infrastructure, our Runner infrastructure automation tool, and cloud management capabilities — are designed to abstract the complexity of enterprise development away, so it’s easier for you to accelerate innovation for your apps.

Global Network at Your Fingertips

Deploy where your users are. With data centers in the US, Canada, UK, and mainland Europe, developers can spool up new cloud environments in the best locale for each app. In addition, you can more easily comply with local data sovereignty rules.

For DevOps: Powerful Admin Tools

Managing infrastructure can be a time consuming activity. We’ve designed powerful, easy admin tools that simplify cloud management. So you can manage more VMs in less time.


Change is inevitable, and it's difficult to anticipate how change will impact your IT solution. But “future proofing” your app as things change over time is one of the many advantages of our cloud platform that particularly resonates with developers.

Application Performance Management

Every CenturyLink Cloud environment includes a standard subscription to New Relic, a powerful monitoring tool that pinpoints where app performance lags. Use it to quickly find and solve performance issues in your system.

Your App is Part of Your Corporate Network

With Direct Connect, developers have a dedicated network connection to our data centers that bypasses the public Internet. This makes the development of mission-critical enterprise applications that much easier.

Advanced Security, Built-In

Your data is protected by our “defense in depth” security model, so you don’t need to integrate any complex add-ons. We secure physical equipment, cloud resources and customer data. And our extensive permissions system ensures only authorized users can access and alter systems.

Scalable, Elastic Compute Resources

We manage the infrastructure for you and ensure SLAs are met. Cloud servers easily scale up or down at will, delivering flexibility that no physical infrastructure can match. So you can focus on improving your apps, not cloud management.

Manage Infrastructure Anywhere

Runner lets you manage and automate workflows and infrastructure, wherever it is. Between public cloud platforms, private clouds, colocation data centers and on-premises devices, organizations are deploying hybrid IT solutions that require extensive oversight. That's where Runner comes in.


Set cloud server expiration dates

Cost Efficiency

Quickly and easily provision inexpensive resources for dev/test through our Control Portal or API, and just as easily tear them down. Plus, with features like server "Time to Live," you can ensure you won't suffer from resource sprawl — paying for infrastructure you no longer need.

Blueprints for Cloud Automation

Built-In Automation

Leverage built-in automation with our growing library of Blueprints, or design your own to quickly and easily build out environments of multiple cloud servers for development and testing in just a few clicks.

Cloud platform enables multiple roles and permissions

Organize & Delegate

Allow projects or applications to run independently by organizing and delegating administrative permissions with subaccounts. Organize and control individual user access to provisioned resources. This means you can easily progress from dev/test to full production, all within the same cloud environment.

Runner manages workflows and infrastructure on any cloud

Multi-Cloud Automation & Orchestration

Streamline every phase of Dev and Test with Runner, a hybrid IT management tool for quickly and easily automating infrastructure, wherever it is. Control devices in data centers or on-premises, or scale infrastructure in any cloud environment.

Advanced Managed Services

Experienced Professionals to Develop, Test and Optimize IT Environments

CenturyLink Advanced Managed Services (AMS) offers deep technical support of CenturyLink services, including Cloud Application Manager. Through our team of highly experienced and credentialed professionals, AMS offers flexibility and control with the ability to develop, test, and optimize IT environments without overextending your budget.

Our specialists maintain a range of relevant IT industry certifications, and are constantly collaborating and consulting within the organization to deliver a broad spectrum of capabilities. Our evolving partnerships with market leaders in hardware, software, security, storage and networking technologies allow us to provide you with the benefit of deep technical insights.

For the most successful experience, we recommend a consultation with a CenturyLink Solutions Architect and/or Account Manager to assist in determining the best match of resource allocation and subscription level.

Learn more about Advanced Managed Services

Advanced Managed Services offers deep technical support of CenturyLink services through a team of highly experienced and credentialed professionals.


Tutorial: Javascript Automated Testing

This tutorial demonstrates how automated testing can improve the quality and speed of your development process. It drills down into some of the benefits of automated testing, shows how to add testing to an existing project and how to write the tests themselves, as well as writing code to make the tests pass. This article assumes the reader already has some familiarity with Node.js and Gulp.

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Tutorial: Acceptance-Test-Driven Development with Cucumber

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Discover Great Node Modules with Scout JS

Billions of node modules are downloaded every month, but many developers share frustration around the challenge of finding the best modules. So CenturyLink helped create Scout JS, merging npm's own data with GitHub. And all of the code is available through open source. But Scout JS is more than a developer tool — it’s a sample application covering some common patterns. This article takes a peek under the hood to share how all the pieces come together.

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Want More Tutorials for Development and Testing?

Check out the wide range of Tutorials available in our Developer Center, on topics from Docker to Check_MK, AngularJS to testing APIs, and from building Twitterbots to spinning up performance monitoring.

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