Scalable, Single-Tenant AppGrid Platform Lets Businesses Design, Build and
Launch Quickly in a Dedicated Environment
MONROE, La., Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL), the third
largest telecommunications company in the United States and a leader in global
cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, today launched
AppGrid(SM), a private cloud service available through the savvisdirect online
channel that helps businesses better manage the application lifecycle from
conception to production.
AppGrid offers instantly scalable private cloud services, available on a
month-to-month, utility basis with no long-term commitment or contract.
Equipped for high-performance workloads, AppGrid is based on the CA
AppLogic™ cloud platform from CA Technologies.
The introduction of AppGrid builds on CenturyLink's ongoing strategy to bring
simplified cloud services to a broader segment of business customers by
combining the strengths of CenturyLink's network infrastructure with Savvis'
expertise in cloud.
"With most cloud-based software development efforts, developers must keep
track of multiple scripting languages, hardware configurations, and
application versions as they hop from one platform to the next throughout the
application lifecycle," said Mike Goodenough, global director of cloud field
engineering for savvisdirect. "AppGrid changes the game by simplifying the
application development and continuous integration processes into a single,
private cloud appliance ecosystem that's delivered on dedicated hardware,
fully accessible via public IP and secured through VPNs."
The AppGrid graphical application design editor allows businesses to quickly
design, build, test and launch production environments leveraging web servers,
databases and networking appliances using a dedicated private cloud
environment. Private cloud environments currently can be deployed through
CenturyLink data centers in North America.
Product features include:
-- A rapid deployment model that allows customers to go from
sign-up to live in less than two business days;
-- A choice between three preconfigured grids to power compute
-- A graphical dashboard interface to manage and track CPU, RAM,
storage space, role-based account management and reporting
-- A scalable infrastructure for instant access to additional
capacity and preconfigured resources such as firewalls, load
balancers, switches and databases;
-- Xen-based open source hypervisor for universal compatibility
with Linux and with Microsoft server software and bring your
own license models;
-- Service-level agreement and 24/7 customer support;
-- Access to savvisdirect's FastForward Onboarding(SM); and
-- Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program for Windows
2008 R2 64-bit operating system operated via the CA AppLogic
automation system for consistent operation and support.
New York merchant banking firm The Liati Group switched from an in-house
server solution to savvisdirect AppGrid as a beta customer after Hurricane
Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast in 2012 and the company faced a five-week power
"Access to our business information and applications is critical to our
business every single day," said Bobby Mensah, chief technology officer at The
Liati Group. "AppGrid saved us because we were able to get back up and
operational within just 48 hours. The AppGrid deployment was simple and helped
us avoid not only downtime, but the resulting loss of revenues and reputation."
"Because business success increasingly depends on the agile and effective use
of IT, customers need IT resourcing strategies that are adaptive,
cost-efficient and highly resilient," said Adam Famularo, senior vice
president, CA AppLogic business unit at CA Technologies. "The savvisdirect
AppGrid service delivers on these new imperatives – and its use of the CA
AppLogic cloud platform ensures it will fulfill customer requirements for
automation, ease of use and security."
CenturyLink announced the U.S. launch of savvisdirect in December 2012,
offering businesses of all sizes a set of frictionless, cost-effective cloud
solutions. Plans call for expanding savvisdirect into Europe and Asia during
the next year.
For more information on AppGrid, visit www.savvisdirect.com/private-cloud.
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™ Prism™
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
For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.
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