) is set to launch on-demand managed services on its cloud platform
for its new and existing business customers. The pay-by-the-hour
offering will allow customers to select their managed services
options like web servers, directory, middleware and database
application, along with operating systems.
The key feature of this new service is that these options will
be priced per hour unlike the traditional managed services, which
require a substantial upfront payment but are billed at the end of
the month. However, CenturyLink will also continue to offer managed
service via the traditional model.
The new cloud-based managed services will provide a two-fold
benefit for customers by combining the agility of cloud with the
certainty of managed service. The new option will be available from
Jun 30, 2014 through CenturyLink's Cloud nodes in Santa Clara, CA
and Sterling, VA. Eventually, the capacity will be made available
in other global locations in Europe and Asia later this year.
CenturyLink will initially launch eight services, which include
Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux managed operating systems,
along with managed applications like Active Directory, Apache
Tomcat, Microsoft Internet Information Services, Apache HTTP
Server, MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server.
In 2013, the carrier strengthened its cloud hosting and
colocation services by acquiring AppFog and Tier 3, which were
later merged with Savvis to form the CenturyLink Technology
CenturyLink's high-end managed services on the cloud platform
will enable the company to tap new business in the market, which is
currently dominated by
) Web Services,
) Azure and
) Google Cloud.
Cloud based services are gaining momentum as business
enterprises continue to look for easier options to manage their IT
infrastructure. We believe CenturyLink's managed services suite
should help gain market traction owing to its flexibility and
pairing with the cloud platform.
CenturyLink currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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