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Overview

Cloud infrastructure makes it simple to provision and manage virtual servers; Platform as a Service, CenturyLink Cloud’s platform as a service (PaaS) product, does the same thing for cloud applications. Platform as a Service operates at higher level of abstraction where developers have little need to manage the underlying infrastructure that hosts their applications. The result is a more efficient use of resources and a simplified deployment and management experience.

No longer do developers have to provision servers, install web servers, deploy database software, and establish a secure network within their application environment. With Platform as a Service, developers push their modern web applications to a highly-available, centralized services fabric that deploys in seconds and automatically includes load balancing, rapid scalability, automatic updates, and more.

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Features

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Unlimited Options

Platform as a Service supports many frameworks and services — choose the right technologies for your apps, including Spring, Ruby on Rails, and Node.js.

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Part of the Complete Enterprise Cloud

Apps powered by Platform as a Service are reliable and secure because they run on the CenturyLink Cloud cloud infrastructure.

Your Own Dedicated Stack

Platform as a Service gives you your own, dedicated stack, thereby fulfilling common enterprise security and compliance requirements. You get your own secure, isolated environment, encapsulated in a private VLAN.

Open

Based on Cloud Foundry and the .NET-friendly fork called Iron Foundry. Cloud Foundry Core compatible which means that you can confidently migrate applications from any other Cloud Foundry provider.

Multi-language Support

For ASP.NET, .NET, Python, Java, Ruby, PHP, Node.js, and Erlang.

Services Compatibility

Application services for MongoDB, NoSQL, Microsoft SQL, MySQL, Neo4j, PostgresSQL, RabbitMQ, and Redis.

Built-in Performance Monitoring

Automatically manages capacity provisioning and load balancing as well as application performance monitoring from New Relic.

Tailored

May be deployed in public, private, or hybrid environments.

Enterprise Grade

Enterprise-grade capabilities, with native support for high availability, high performance, and disaster recovery. Built and optimized for CenturyLink Cloud’s enterprise cloud infrastructure.

Secure, Isolated Environment

Runs in a secure, isolated environment. Private VLANs ensure no risk of “shared” access from other customers, and support direct integration with other apps.

Portable

Supports applications deployed on your data centers, as well as those deployed on the CenturyLink Cloud cloud.

Common Uses

Platform as a Service can be a better option than cloud infrastructure for application deployment in some common scenarios. Consider these three cases:

Custom, Line of Business Web Applications

Enterprise data centers are bursting with key web applications that were custom built for each business unit. Many of these apps sit on underutilized, dedicated hardware that wastes space and money. By moving these applications to Platform as a Service, customers can take advantage of multi-tenancy while not sacrificing the uptime or reliability of these critical applications.

In addition to migrating existing business applications, enterprises are increasingly looking to cloud services to host new, modern web applications. These services encourage a rapid, agile delivery of web applications. Specifically, Platform as a Service gives developers their choice of programming language and framework to use.

CenturyLink Cloud offers both a PaaS and IaaS solution, which means that enterprises can deploy critical applications to both environments while securely connecting them when needed.

Temporary Applications

As the speed of business continues to increase, the pressure is on IT departments to deliver software even faster. Traditional means of deploying software to dedicated servers makes it difficult to rapidly prototype solutions or quickly publish temporary or seasonal web applications. Applications can be deployed to the CenturyLink Cloud Platform as a Service in seconds and inherently have the enterprise-grade support needed for reliable, global applications that may be online for months or years.


Internet-Facing Applications

Each Platform as a Service environment gets a public IP address, which means that Platform as a Service makes an excellent host for the numerous public-facing web properties that are dispersed throughout enterprise IT departments. Thanks to its support for the most popular web application frameworks, Platform as a Service can host a diverse range of public websites while providing the deep performance analytics that enterprise customers demand.

Specifications

Supported Run-Times

Run-time Description Version
ASP.NET Unified Web development model that includes the services necessary for you to build enterprise-class Web applications with a minimum of coding. Part of the .NET Framework. 4.0.30319
.NET A popular development platform for building apps for Windows environments. 2.0.50727,
4.0.30319
Python Programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. 2.6.5
Java Programming language and computing platform that powers many state-of-the-art programs. 1.6, 1.7
Ruby A dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. 1.8.7,1.9.2
PHP General-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML. 5.3
Node.js Platform for fast, scalable network applications. 0.4.12, 0.6.8, 0.8.2
Erlang Programming language used to build massively scalable soft real-time systems with requirements on high availability. R14B01

Supported Frameworks

  • Spring
  • Lift
  • Ruby on Rails 3.1 & 3.2
  • Rack
  • Erlang OTP using Rebar
  • ASP.NET
  • Node.js
  • Standalone Java
  • Java Web
  • WSGI
  • Grails
  • PHP
  • Django
  • Sinatra

Pricing

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Platform as a Service Instance $0.50/hr $360.00/mo
1 GB Memory Allocated Per Instance $0.04/hr $28.80/mo
1 GB Block Level Storage $0.001/hr $0.72/mo
New Relic App Performance Monitoring Included Included

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