CenturyLink gives businesses simple, affordable cloud services with the U.S. launch of savvisdirect

 CenturyLink gives businesses simple, affordable cloud services with the U.S.
                            launch of savvisdirect

PR Newswire

MONROE, La., Dec. 4, 2012

MONROE, La., Dec.4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today
announced that it has combined the strength of its national network with its
industry-leading portfolio of Savvis cloud services for the United States
launch of savvisdirect, a simple, cost-effective cloud computing solution for
businesses of all sizes.


Business users, IT administrators and developers can easily access the
savvisdirect web portal to gain instant access to the full range of offerings,
including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, on-demand virtual
servers, storage services and application development platforms. Developers
have a broad range of server and scalable storage options. IT administrators
have one place to procure, configure and manage cloud services. Business users
simply have a cloud that works, with service level agreements and 24/7

"IT may be complex, but that doesn't mean it has to be complicated," said
Andrew Higginbotham, president of savvisdirect. "Savvisdirect gives all
businesses enterprise-level IT capabilities without the cost and headaches of
purchasing, installation and maintenance. Using a credit card, they get hourly
or monthly servers and storage, monthly application subscriptions, plus an
intuitive Management Console and 24/7 access to IT professionals who can help
with technical questions. We turn complex into simple."

John Hebert, an IT administrator for more than a decade, faced the same
challenges that many in his industry have, including the loss of data,
failures in email backup and server downtime. After participating in the
savvisdirect beta launch, Hebert says the services are easy to use and manage
and was impressed with the level of customer service.

"The overall savvisdirect experience is well-geared for businesses, even those
who don't fully understand cloud," said Hebert. "It's very clean and easy to
use, and it's nice to have multiple services from a single provider. The
Management Console is a launch pad, so navigation is straightforward and
brings everything together. The customer support has been great, responsive
and knowledgeable."

Higginbotham said, "We've also received high marks from our beta users for our
FastForward Onboarding, a feature that lets customers quickly implement our
cloud-based applications, servers and storage by choosing the level of support
they need along the way. At savvisdirect, we believe getting to the cloud
should be fast and easy. We invite businesses of all sizes to give us a try."

Savvisdirect combines the global infrastructure of CenturyLink, which recently
announced that it is delivering 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) technology
across its nationwide network, and CenturyLink's cloud services through
Savvis, a worldwide leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions, to
deliver an unsurpassed IT management offering for enterprise and small

Savvisdirect is now available throughout North America and will expand into
Europe and Asia in 2013. For more information about savvisdirect, visit
www.savvisdirect.com or call 1-855-459-5121.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United
States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by
technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud
infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink
provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select
international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network
and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also
offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink^TM Prism^TM TV
and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500
company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest
corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.

Website: http://www.centurytel.com
Contact: Stephanie Meisse of CenturyLink, +1-419-755-8433,
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