On Multi-Cloud Management: the Incremental and the Transformative

December 9, 2014
By Jared Ruckle, Senior Product Manager. Find Jared on Twitter

Public cloud has so many enterprise IT execs excited.  The excitement stems from the right objectives (agility, OpEx, getting out of the infrastructure business), but is often associated with false expectations.  Namely, the idea of an expansive, highly-centralized multi-cloud strategy.  In this scenario, an IT pro manages multiple clouds with...

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DataGardens joins CenturyLink, adding proven disaster recovery offering to cloud portfolio

December 8, 2014

A comprehensive disaster recovery architecture requires careful planning and robust technology. To make this easier for CenturyLink customers, we’re excited to announce the acquisition of DataGardens Inc., a Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) provider based in Edmonton, Alberta. This is big news for our customers because it gives them a cost-effective and...

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This Cloud has a Silver Lining

December 3, 2014
By Jeff Katzen

As a cloud architect, trying to explain to my family and friends what I do is sometimes amusing and often times a frustrating experience. Cloud is a term that is greatly overused and because of that everyone has a definition. For me, cloud is all about automation. For end users...

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Cloud Strategy Checkup

November 26, 2014
By Jared Ruckle, Senior Product Manager. Find Jared on Twitter

Our usual posts here focus on practical, hands-on advice for getting the most out of CenturyLink Cloud and the new capabilities we continuously rollout. But sometimes, it’s helpful to step back and look at the big picture – particularly if your enterprise is managing scores of cloud apps from dozens of...

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Managing a Team Development Environment with Vagrant and Chef

November 18, 2014
By Matt Wrock

Just about every software engineer has had the experience of onboarding with a new team and spending a day, a week or more getting their development environments situated so they can actually run the application they signed up to work on and start committing code and being productive. Some teams...

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CenturyLink Cloud November Release: A “Role” Model for Enterprise Access

November 14, 2014
By Bryan Friedman, Senior Product Manager. Find Bryan on Twitter

Transparent Corporate Access to the CenturyLink Cloud Identity and Access Management solutions help enterprise IT integrate multiple systems with existing authentication services. These capabilities play a crucial role in public cloud services, where IT is keen to avoid “shadow IT” and deliver self-service access to resources without compromising important InfoSec...

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Five Features to Secure Your Cloud Future

November 12, 2014
By Ben Brauer and Steve White

When enterprises make decisions on which cloud services to consider, security is the ultimate “table stakes” capability that any cloud provider must prove. There has been great innovation in the industry to assuage mainstream adopters, but not all cloud service providers are consistent in areas of identity management, network security,...

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Platform Team Hack House 2014

November 11, 2014
by @nathanyoung, Creative Director

The CenturyLink Cloud Platform Team recently spent two weeks together in the city of St George in Southwest Utah. In what’s become an annual event, the team—including developers, testers, product managers and design—stayed in the “Hack House” to work on our Cloud Platform, as well as get to know each...

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Designing an Office for Collaboration and Culture

November 7, 2014
By Wendy White. Find Wendy on Twitter at @wendywhite.

Q&A with James Newkirk, CenturyLink Cloud VP of Engineering This week CenturyLink will celebrate the opening of our Cloud Development Center in Bellevue, WA.  I sat down with James Newkirk, Engineering VP for CenturyLink Cloud, who anchored the team designing and overseeing the build out of the new Center’s space to...

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Hadoop Simplified: Managed Cloudera & CenturyLink Cloud

October 31, 2014
By Ben Brauer

Today we are excited to release six managed Cloudera Blueprints, the newest managed service in the CenturyLink Cloud big data Blueprints portfolio, which also includes Cassandra and MongoDB solutions. The Apache Hadoop open-source project solves all sorts of big data problems, but for many it’s difficult to deploy and manage. Cloudera...

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CenturyLink Cloud & Open Source

September 27, 2014
By Jared Ruckle, Senior Product Manager. Find Jared on Twitter

On the heels of the opening of Cloud Development Center, it seems timely to revisit one of our founding beliefs: the embrace of, and contribution to, open source technologies. We have seen open-source win in the enterprise again and again - especially as it relates to cloud computing and new web-scale...

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CenturyLink Expanding our Cloud Managed Services to the UK

September 21, 2014
Jim.Battenberg@savvis.com, or follow me: @jimbattenberg

Today we are pleased to announce one-click access to cloud-based managed services on the CenturyLink Cloud in the UK. CenturyLink Cloud managed services provide automated provisioning of operating systems and applications – check the box when you need them, uncheck when you don’t – all billed hourly.  When paired with...

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