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August 20, 2014

CenturyLink launches private cloud service in 57 data centres

CenturyLink Private Cloud provides a ‘frictionless hybrid cloud option’.

By Duncan Macrae

CenturyLink has launched CenturyLink Private Cloud, a cloud service that aims to deliver the agility and innovation of public cloud but with the physical isolation, dedicated hardware and security standards that many large enterprises require.

Each private cloud instance is federated into the CenturyLink Cloud network of public cloud nodes, giving users a single interface for creating and maintaining a hybrid environment that spans both public and private clouds. The end result is said to be greater agility for businesses across a broader range of workloads – even those that require additional security and compliance.

Andrew Higginbotham, senior VP, cloud and technology, at CenturyLink, said: "CenturyLink continues to realize our vision for business-friendly hybrid IT solutions, with public cloud, private cloud and network connectivity all available from one provider.

"CenturyLink Private Cloud delivers the best of private cloud – from dedicated hardware and physical isolation to enterprise-level security and service-level agreements – along with our truly innovative public cloud experience, featuring advanced self-service automation and a fast pace of feature innovation."

CenturyLink Private Cloud, built on CenturyLink’s public cloud platform and expertise, was developed to meet the needs of large enterprises.

It is said to further hybrid IT capabilities, connecting with public cloud running the same technology platform. Enterprises can also leverage other CenturyLink solutions, including network and opt-in managed services for critical applications.

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It runs on the same industry-recognised platform as CenturyLink’s public cloud and delivers geographic flexibility – enterprises can deploy private cloud in any of CenturyLink’s 57 data centres located in 34 cities around the world.

Melanie Posey, research VP, hosting and managed network services, at global analyst firm IDC, said: "Hybrid cloud is the enterprise IT operational model of the future. CenturyLink Private Cloud provides a frictionless hybrid cloud option for organisations that want to source private and public cloud services from a single provider and connect cloud with other IT services through an extensive Tier 1 IP network."

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