Posts Tagged: Press

Cloud IaaS Price/Performance Benchmarking – Part 1

October 7, 2013
By Jared Ruckle, Product Marketing

It’s difficult for businesses to compare so many diverse players in the cloud.  To make the task a bit easier, the team at Cloud Spectator recently issued a useful report: “IaaS Performance and Value Analysis.”  View it here, registration required to download.

At CenturyLink Cloud, we’ve always claimed to be a “high performance” cloud (who doesn’t?), so it is nice to see this validated by a third party.  A summary of findings that brought a smile to our faces:

1 “Performance Leader” for overall system results 1 performance leader for Disk and RAM 2 performance leader for CPU and internal networking

My personal favorite passage:

UnixBench highlights the significant system performance difference among the top providers in the IaaS industry. The highest and lowest scorers show a difference of 4.7x in system performance; CenturyLink Cloud’s average UnixBench score is 2998, while Amazon EC2’s is 642.

Results in visual form (image edited to highlight CenturyLink Cloud):

Cloud Spectator - Results Summary

There was considerable public chatter about these results, and industry analyst Ben Kepes wondered if these types of reports even matter. Since price/performance is only a single dimension of a cloud’s value, how should a buyer and consumer of cloud services use this type of information?

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Cloud Foundry, Core Compatibility, and CenturyLink Cloud

October 13, 2012

As we often say here at CenturyLink Cloud, the cloud should create choice, not limit it.  And today is a good day for that guiding philosophy.

We’re excited about a new program from Cloud Foundry - the Cloud Foundry Core.   [Their blog entry](http://blog.cloudfoundry.org/2012/11/13/cloud-application-portability-made-easy-introducing-cloud-foundry-core/) today sums up the news:

_The Cloud Foundry team is happy to announce Cloud Foundry Core  -  a program designed to preserve cloud application portability.

In the cloud computing world, preserving a choice of clouds is critical. The risks of being locked into a single cloud are substantial. Pricing, reliability, geographic location and compliance can all vary between clouds. Business requirements will evolve over time, necessitating the ability to move between clouds, whether public to private, private to public or between public cloud providers._

Why this is a Good Thing for Developers and Enterprise IT Enterprises to different degrees have embraced cloud infrastructure-as-a-service, and are now looking to see what platform-as-a-service offers.  Developers of course are leading the charge here. The benefits of PaaS are straightforward enough – the PaaS does some of the heavy lifting for developers, including load balancing.  Over time, as PaaS becomes more capable, development within the enterprise becomes cheaper and faster, while lowering risk.  Why?  The PaaS...

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CenturyLink Cloud Unveils New Cloud Server Group Management Features

July 28, 2012
CenturyLink Cloud Product Management

Innovative Cloud-Based Group Management Features Mitigate Server Sprawl and Further Optimize Management, Monitoring and Reporting

**BELLEVUE, Wash. — August 28, 2012 ―** CenturyLink Cloud, Inc., the [enterprise cloud platform](http://www.tier3.com/) company, today introduced a new set of Server Group Management features that make it easier to maintain large server environments located in its Cloud. The newly unveiled capabilities provide users with a consistent and intuitive way to organize and [manage virtual machines](http://www.tier3.com/services/management) through group-based permissions, policies, bulk execution actions, and more. As organizations move more of their workloads to the Cloud, organizing and managing those server farms can become challenging, expensive and time-consuming. The CenturyLink Cloud Cloud Server Group Management capability gives system administrators the tools they need to navigate these challenges starting with the ability to logically group and manage their large-scale cloud deployments. Groups are intuitively integrated within both the CenturyLink Cloud Control Portal and programmatic API, allowing administrators to create collections of servers that have their own permissions, policies and default server configuration settings.  In addition, actions performed against the groups, such as rebooting or taking snapshots of a server, can be performed in bulk—allowing administrators to spend less time maintaining individual servers and more time optimizing their overall cloud...

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CenturyLink Cloud Automates Deployment of Complex, “Best Practice” Environments into

July 16, 2012

Toolset creates best practice-optimized, reusable “Blueprints” of complex environments for automated deployment and IT self-service delivery models

BELLEVUE, Wash.—August 24, 2011—CenturyLink Cloud, Inc., an enterprise cloud platform provider, today announced the Environment Engine, a platform agnostic toolset that automates the design and deployment of complex environments and applications onto the CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud. From network and storage layer all the way through OS and application, the toolset turns complex environments into best practice-optimized, reusable “Blueprints” for deployment via new IT self service delivery models. The company also announced an initial, robust set of cross-platform Blueprints that CenturyLink Cloud will make available to its Enterprise Cloud Platform customers at launch. While third-party scripting tools automate only at the top (application deployment) or bottom (server image configuring) of the platform stack, the CenturyLink Cloud Environment Engine (see datasheet and demo) integrates these functions into a simple toolset built to interface with every aspect of the CenturyLink Cloud cloud platform. The Environment Engine toolset consists of a Blueprint Designer, Blueprint Library and Blueprint Builder that together create a seamless automation workflow to manage creation and storage of Blueprints as well as discovery and rapid deployment of these tested configurations. “Deploying complex environments...

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CenturyLink Cloud Expands Enterprise Cloud Platform with Multi-Framework Platform as

July 16, 2012

New Platform and Database Services Join CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Infrastructure Service, Setting New Bar for Comprehensive Cloud Platforms **BELLEVUE, Wash. — May 8, 2012 ―** CenturyLink Cloud, Inc., [the enterprise cloud platform company](http://www.tier3.com/), today announced the next release of the CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform, now with the industry’s most comprehensive set of enterprise-grade cloud services in a single consolidated platform. The CenturyLink Cloud cloud now features [Platform as a Service](http://www.tier3.com/services/fabric), a multi-framework enterprise platform as a service (PaaS) and [Data Fabric](http://www.tier3.com/services/fabric), a high availability database as a service (DbaaS).  These services join the company’s existing enterprise-grade infrastructure services for a powerful, first-of-a-kind combination that enables businesses to accelerate “greenfield” application development and deliver critical legacy business systems in one cloud platform. Businesses around the world today rely on CenturyLink Cloud’s Enterprise Cloud – a VMware vCloud® Powered Service -  to run their back office and line of business applications in a secure virtual private cloud, counting on the platform’s availability, security, performance and built-in disaster recovery capabilities. Now with CenturyLink Cloud’s multi-language (“polyglot”) Platform as a Service, businesses gain the application development and deployment agility of cloud-based on-demand runtime environments, enabling developers to focus on business innovation without sacrificing stringent...

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CenturyLink Cloud Recognized in the Magic Quadrant for the Public Cloud Infrastructure

July 3, 2012

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

BELLEVUE, Wash. — December 20, 2011 ― CenturyLink Cloud, Inc., the enterprise cloud platform provider, announced today that it has been selected by Gartner, Inc. for inclusion in the “Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service.” “We believe this inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for public cloud affirms what CenturyLink Cloud sees in the market: the growing demand for cloud offerings that serve unique customer communities. Our Enterprise customers expect a cloud platform designed for their unique needs — most notably high availability, security, disaster recovery, and advanced automation for IT agility,” says Adam Wray, CenturyLink Cloud CEO. “We consider our position in the Gartner Magic Quadrant evidence that CenturyLink Cloud is delivering a cloud platform for mission-critical applications and services to our Enterprise customers today and is well positioned to challenge for a leadership position in 2012. We are proud to be among the small number of leading providers selected by Gartner for inclusion in this report.” Gartner bases its evaluation on the “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.” Ability to execute measures the vendor’s financial viability, market responsiveness, product development, sales channels and customer base. Completeness...

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CenturyLink Cloud Launches Client Backup App for Enterprise Cloud

July 3, 2012

Performs Automatic, Policy-Based Backup of End-User PCs in the Cloud; See Demo at VMworld® 2011 Today Through September 1 in Booth 213

Today at VMworld® 2011, CenturyLink Cloud, Inc., an enterprise cloud platform provider, announced Client Backup, a secure, cloud-based file recovery application that ensures business continuity for users in the event critical data is accidentally deleted from individual computers. For no additional charge beyond the storage used, customers on the CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform will now have current and past versions of their employees’ data available without relying on internal staff or local storage, and with no burden on end users. Most of the desktop backup solutions on the market today are meant for individual users, not optimized for entire organizations. With a comprehensive web control panel and admin accounts allowing centralized management, CenturyLink Cloud’s Client Backup is aimed squarely at IT managers needing a complete desktop backup solution for their companies’ employees. “Accidentally deleting critical documents can be such a time waster as we search around—with fingers crossed—for possible back-ups or reluctantly resort to starting over completely; it’s happened to us all,” said Jared Wray, chief technology officer, CenturyLink Cloud. “With our new client backup capabilities, users can...

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Equinix and CenturyLink Cloud Partner to Accelerate Cloud Adoption in Enterprise

July 3, 2012

Companies team to deliver enterprise-class hybrid cloud solutions

Redwood City, Calif. and Bellevue, Wash. — March 27, 2012 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, and CenturyLink Cloud, the enterprise cloud platform provider, today announced a partnership to create an enterprise-ready gateway to the cloud by offering CenturyLink Cloud’s Enterprise Cloud Platform via Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers. The partnership enables enterprise customers to take advantage of the business agility and cost efficiency cloud technologies offer by using CenturyLink Cloud’s enterprise-grade Infrastructure as a Service across Platform Equinix™. Initially, CenturyLink Cloud’s solution will be available in Equinix’s Chicago and New York data centers with plans to expand globally, first into Europe and later to Asia.

“Platform Equinix provides secure, scalable and highly interconnected data center services across 38 strategic global markets. Our network choice combined with access to a wide array of leading cloud services solutions, gives customers a rich environment to build and integrate private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions,” said Chris Sharp, general manager, cloud and content for Equinix. “Our partnership with CenturyLink Cloud further strengthens Equinix’s position as the destination of choice for enterprise cloud deployments through high availability, security and business...

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CenturyLink Cloud to Bring Enterprise-Grade Virtual Private Cloud to New York with Ne

July 3, 2012

CenturyLink Cloud’s Multi-Region Architecture Provides Highly Available, Secure Hybrid Cloud for Business Continuity, Business Agility New York, NY. – October 5, 2011 – Today at Interop NY, enterprise cloud platform provider CenturyLink Cloud announced that it will add a data center in the New York metro area to complete the multi-region architecture of its enterprise-grade infrastructure as a service solution. New York joins Seattle and Chicago for a three-region model that enhances the high availability and built-in business continuity of the CenturyLink Cloud enterprise cloud. With its intuitive management controls, high performing, highly availability infrastructure and platform-agnostic orchestration and automation layer, CenturyLink Cloud meets the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) requirements of companies wishing to deploy public or virtual private (hybrid) clouds for increased business agility. “Enterprises across the country are actively identifying apps they can move to a virtual private cloud, but to do so they are demanding a true enterprise-grade cloud platform that provides control, transparency, security, performance and a high availability five 9 SLA,” said Adam Wray, CEO, CenturyLink Cloud. “These customers also want to benefit from the peace of mind of built-in business continuity features and the value that advanced operation automation or auto-ops capabilities bring...

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CenturyLink Cloud Accelerates Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Adoption, Opens Data Centers with Equinix

July 3, 2012

BELLEVUE, Wash. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 9, 2011 – CenturyLink Cloud, an enterprise cloud platform provider, and Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX), a global data center services provider, today announced the Fall 2011 opening of two new CenturyLink Cloud data centers residing within Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX®) facilities in Chicago and Ashburn, Va. CenturyLink Cloud selected Equinix for the company’s enterprise-grade connectivity, global presence and carrier-neutral environment, which will enable CenturyLink Cloud to better meet the ever-increasing demand for secure, hybrid clouds in the enterprise. The data center in Chicago opens September 1, with the one in Ashburn opening in early Q4. “To enhance their business agility, an increasing number of enterprises are actively identifying apps they can move to the public cloud,” said Adam Wray, CEO, CenturyLink Cloud. “Equinix IBX facilities extend CenturyLink Cloud’s enterprise cloud story by providing a key component our clients need for their hybrid production apps—a single, secure, performance-optimized connection. Combining the Equinix Direct Connect capabilities with our agile and intelligent Enterprise Cloud platform provides flexibility, speed and scalability of deployment for these customers.” A “hybrid cloud” refers to an environment where some data, applications and services are kept in-house and others reside in...

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CenturyLink Cloud Adds Predictive Autoscaler, Virtualized Load Balancer to Enterprise

July 3, 2012

Features Advance IT Operations Automation, Enhance Performance; See Demo at Interop New York October 5-6

BELLEVUE, Wash.—October 4, 2011—CenturyLink Cloud, Inc. today announced two new features to enhance the performance and IT operation automation (auto-ops) capabilities of its enterprise-class [virtual private cloud](http://www.tier3.com/ "CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform"): CenturyLink Cloud Autoscaler 2.0 and the self-service management of load balancers based on Citrix® NetScaler® VPX™ via CenturyLink Cloud’s Management Control Portal or API. With its Autoscaler 2.0, CenturyLink Cloud takes a unique approach to eliminating performance hits that can occur when only scaling in real time. Typical autoscalers only provision extra servers in response to increased demand, known as “horizontal scaling.” CenturyLink Cloud’s Autoscaler 2.0 scales predictively based on historical usage patterns, not just reactively in response to the current load, and does so both vertically and horizontally. Predictive scaling with defined business rules based for risk tolerance ensures appropriate resources are allocated ahead of need—without requiring IT operations staff to manually optimize resources. By allowing enterprises to scale up, instead of—or in addition to—out, CenturyLink Cloud’s Autoscaler enables a more agile methodology and better performance for many enterprise applications. “The increased data loads resulting from standard usage swings as well as major events can...

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CenturyLink Cloud Awarded Gold-Level Status in the NetApp Partner Program for Service

July 3, 2012

CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform’s Performance, Implementation and Disaster Recovery Capabilities Leverage NetApp Solutions BELLEVUE, Wash.—June 15, 2011—CenturyLink Cloud, the enterprise cloud company, today announced it is a Gold-level member in the NetApp Partner Program for Service Providers. Long coupled with flexible and efficient NetApp® storage and data management solutions, CenturyLink Cloud’s agile, self-optimizing enterprise cloud platform helps enterprises confidently run mission-critical, production applications in the cloud. CenturyLink Cloud first architected its enterprise cloud platform to include NetApp as part of its infrastructure in 2007, immediately reducing backup on an entire data center from 24 hours to one hour and cutting time to restore customer data from 3.5 days to under an hour. Now an official Gold-level member of the new Partner Program for Service Providers, CenturyLink Cloud will receive additional storage expertise, resources and best practices from NetApp that will enable the company to continue to meet the unique performance, implementation and disaster recovery needs of enterprise cloud-based applications and services. “Our mission is to provide our customers with an enterprise-grade cloud platform with the SLAs, security and built-in disaster recovery they require,” said Adam Wray, chief executive officer, CenturyLink Cloud. “From the get-go, the secure multi-tenant architecture we...

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CenturyLink Cloud Enhances Enterprise-Grade Cloud Platform with New Relic Application

July 3, 2012

Integrated app management combines with CenturyLink Cloud platform to create an unparalleled solution for deploying and managing business-critical apps

SEATTLE and SAN FRANCISCO – December 6, 2011New Relic Inc., the SaaS web application performance management (APM) provider, and CenturyLink Cloud, the enterprise cloud platform provider, announced today that CenturyLink Cloud has enhanced its leading enterprise-grade public cloud platform with the addition of New Relic Standard, now available free of charge to its public cloud customers. Organizations deploying business-critical apps on CenturyLink Cloud will now have deep, real-time visibility into application performance, which combines with CenturyLink Cloud’s offering to create an unparalleled solution for deploying and managing apps in the cloud. CenturyLink Cloud provides an enterprise-grade virtual private or hybrid cloud. Architected for security, risk mitigation and high availability—with 99.999% SLA at all layers and disaster recovery in every deployment—CenturyLink Cloud’s cloud platform is optimized for production environments and mission-critical applications. The addition of New Relic Standard, completely integrated with CenturyLink Cloud’s management control portal and its API, makes it easy for organizations to monitor end-user experiences and PHP, Ruby, Java, .NET, and Python applications in real-time. Organizations developing today’s multi-language cloud applications can proactively identify and diagnose potential...

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CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform Attains VMware vCloud® Powered Validation

July 3, 2012

BELLEVUE, Wash.— July 26, 2011—CenturyLink Cloud today announced that its Enterprise Cloud Platform public cloud service has achieved VMware vCloud® Powered status, illustrating to customers that the company’s cloud services are underpinned by VMware’s leading virtualization and cloud computing technology, namely VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud Director. A member of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) , CenturyLink Cloud—via its VMware vCloud Powered service, the CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform—delivers a set of cloud computing services across a common platform, supporting the largest set of existing applications, and offering the distinctive application mobility only available from VMware. “High performing production applications in the cloud require enterprise-quality virtual machines offered in an enterprise-grade cloud platform. VMware is the standard for enterprise virtualization and is the ultimate ‘check box’ new customers tick off when considering CenturyLink Cloud for an enterprise-grade cloud,” said Jared Wray, chief technology officer, CenturyLink Cloud. “When VMware vCloud technologies are combined with our unique intellectual property in virtualization, security and automation, enterprise customers get a highly available, secure, enterprise-grade hybrid cloud with management capabilities consistent with their own virtualized, private cloud implementations.“ “The VMware vCloud® Powered program was developed to enable our service provider partners to differentiate themselves...

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ChemPoint.com Selects CenturyLink Cloud for Continuous Innovation and Growth

July 3, 2012

CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise platform provides the security, stability, efficiency and flexibility needed to support ChemPoint’s continuous application development BELLEVUE, Wash., June 23, 2011—ChemPoint.com, the leading e-distributor of specialty and fine chemicals in Europe and North America, has selected enterprise cloud platform company CenturyLink Cloud as its IT infrastructure services partner. ChemPoint conducted an evaluation of multiple offerings before choosing CenturyLink Cloud for its innovation and growth potential. According to ChemPoint, CenturyLink Cloud’s platform provides the security, stability, efficiency and flexibility needed to support the company’s continuous application development and business growth. “While our innovative applications platform has continued to evolve and provide a strong leadership position within our industry, our underlying infrastructure hasn’t kept pace over the past few years,” said Jeff Trimble, vice president of operations and technology at ChemPoint. “The move to CenturyLink Cloud expands our infrastructure capabilities and creates tremendous flexibility. This allows us to focus our technology resources on the differentiating elements that drive our business.” Jared Wray, chief technology officer of CenturyLink Cloud, noted, “Companies moving their applications online need to feel completely confident that their information is secure and quickly accessible at all times. We built our enterprise cloud platform with...

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