June 18, 2014 — MONROE, La., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the launch of on-demand managed services on its innovative CenturyLink Cloud platform. Businesses can now choose to consume managed services – web servers, middleware, directory services and database applications, along with operating systems – with cloud utility ease and pay-by-the hour billing.
CenturyLink’s industry-leading managed services are available on the CenturyLink Cloud platform, creating a single self-service user experience. With the new cloud-based managed services, businesses can now reap the benefits – such as increased agility and reduced management burden – of expertly managed applications and operating systems in an on-demand model.
“CenturyLink continues to change the game in cloud. One-click access to managed services delivers our expert management resources in a new way, providing customers with extraordinary flexibility,” said Jared Wray, chief technology officer, CenturyLink Cloud. “As cloud adoption evolves and enterprises pursue new and easier ways to manage their IT infrastructure, the time is right in the industry for an optimized experience that brings cloud together with expert managed services.”
While CenturyLink will integrate its entire portfolio of managed hosting services into the CenturyLink Cloud platform, the initial launch debuts eight services: Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux managed operating systems, as well as managed applications Active Directory, Apache HTTP Server, Apache Tomcat, Microsoft Internet Information Services, Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL.
With these new capabilities from CenturyLink, businesses can turn to a single, trusted provider for public cloud infrastructure, managed services and support for advanced hybrid networking scenarios.
These cloud-based managed services will be available starting June 30 through CenturyLink Cloud nodes in Santa Clara, California, and Sterling, Virginia, with additional managed services and global locations in Europe and Asia enabled later this year.
During the past year, CenturyLink has added to its managed hosting and colocation business with new cloud capabilities through the acquisitions of AppFog and Tier 3, merging them with Savvis and forming the CenturyLink Technology Solutions business unit. CenturyLink recently announced new CenturyLink Cloud pricing and its identification as a leading cloud provider.