Hybrid IT Cloud

Our hybrid cloud gives businesses greater flexibility with multiple deployment options. Our approach is the perfect mix for solutions that require dynamic or highly changeable workloads. And with Runner, add the power of automation to manage infrastructure wherever it is – our cloud, another cloud, any server, anywhere. It’s the New IT made easy.


CenturyLink Hybrid IT Cloud Solution is a fully-managed, integrated, and comprehensive solution that offers the flexibility you need to customize your components and build your optimized hybrid IT cloud ecosystem. In concert with Runner, Hybrid IT can be leveraged in an agile fashion, enabling teams to quickly provision, interact with and modify IT environments, regardless of where they reside.

Public/Private +Cloud
Public Cloud & Private Cloud

Leverage the ideal platform for global enterprises demanding agile infrastructure and comprehensive management tools.

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Advanced management
  • AppFog Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Architected for the enterprise with advanced IT
  • Management and flexible options
  • Growing footprint, proven results, and cloud innovator

Securely delivering highly reliable infrastructure for many of the largest enterprise and financial institutions in the world. Increase efficiency, cut costs, and improve your business performance with a 100% uptime SLA.

  • 57+ Data Centers
  • Tier 1 ISP with global network
  • On-site engineers
  • State-of-the-art security
  • 2.5+ million square feet of raised floor space

Our next-generation global network connectivity gives you a direct, reliable connection to resources, applications, and data.

  • 430,000 miles of fiber across the globe
  • 57+ global data centers plus another
  • 160+ third party data centers
  • 100 Gbps capabilities
  • 99.999% availability objective
Managed Services
Managed Services

Focus on your business while we keep your IT environment up and running and up-to-date.

  • Management of your network, security, hosting, and cloud
  • Consultation, installation, and around-the-clock support
  • Over 30,000 servers under management
  • Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems
  • Direct access to cloud and colocation services within the data center
Automation & Management

Quickly provision, interact with and modify Hybrid IT environments with Runner.

  • Fast and easy automation of infrastructure in any cloud or data center
  • Leverages the power and functionality of Ansible and exposes it to integrate cloud and on-premise connectivity
  • Extensive status monitoring and reporting facilitates team collaboration

CenturyLink has security practices that exceed the standards of even the most demanding customer.

  • Comprehensive security services
  • Proactive management
  • 24x7x365 monitoring and response




Deliver the right amount of capacity with the ability to deploy your application in over 72 CenturyLink locations in eight countries.

Cost Efficiencies

Cost Efficiencies

Access a complete product and service pricing catalog, which is available on-demand, just like our public cloud.



The private cloud component of the hybrid cloud model gives you security where it is needed while addressing compliance and regulation requirements for handling and storage of sensitive data.



The availability of both single-tenant resources and scalable cost effective public resources can provide organizations with more opportunities to explore different operational avenues.


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

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.

Use Cases

Enterprise IT

Move data center overhead and requirements to a hybrid cloud to control costs and manage your need for capacity on-demand. The Control Portal gives you quick access to your hybrid environment for easy management of resources.


Secure, cost-effective, and scalable tools for the development of your web and e-commerce apps. Leverage your IT policies to ensure compliance with security and control requirements.

Packaged App Transition

Move applications like email or other software to add capacity quickly on-demand and meet the business challenges you face, all without the need for recoding or reconfiguring. CenturyLink hybrid solution brings you the security and availability your customers are used to.

Dev/Test Environment

Agile, flexible, and dynamic. The hybrid cloud is the perfect environment for developing and testing software applications. Lower your costs while increasing time-to market. Give your developers the freedom to deploy applications when and where they are needed.

Backup and Storage

Use a private cloud to provide backup resources to another private cloud or even multiple public clouds.

Cloud Bursting

Use a private cloud for routine workloads, but then access one or more public clouds during periods of high demand.

Disaster Recovery

Similar to Backup. Use a private cloud to provide disaster recovery for another private cloud or multiple public clouds.


CenturyLink IT: Cloud Delivers Agility, Speed and Hybrid IT

As CenturyLink is transforming from a telecommunications business to a provider of advanced network and IT services, we are adopting a Bimodal IT strategy to achieve improved agility, faster time to market and reduced costs.

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