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CTL Buys Tier 3, Introduces 'CenturyLink Cloud'

By Craig Galbraith
November 19, 2013 - News

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CenturyLink has a new cloud platform thanks to its acquisition of Seattle-based Tier 3.

The communications giant, which announced the purchase on Tuesday, is making Tier 3's cloud platform available immediately under the name "CenturyLink Cloud." Tier 3's products are now the foundation of CenturyLink's cloud strategy and anchor the new Seattle-based CenturyLink Cloud Development Center.

"Our mission is to provide world-class managed services to global businesses on virtual, dedicated and colocation infrastructures. Tier 3's innovative automation and self-service platform are game-changing for our global enterprise clients," said Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink's Savvis organization. "From greenfield development to mission-critical apps, businesses have a trusted technology partner to seize new market opportunities. This acquisition underscores our continued commitment to delivering the most complete portfolio of cloud services."

Tier 3 founder and CTO Jared Wray will be the chief technical officer for the CenturyLink Cloud organization and lead the development center. The facility is designed to bring together cloud development expertise and unite CenturyLink cloud technical resources to develop innovative services.

"We founded Tier 3 in 2006 with a vision for cloud services that make life easier for enterprise developers and IT alike. We now have an amazing home at CenturyLink to carry this vision forward," Wray said. "Our platform road map will combine with CenturyLink's global network and data center footprint and managed services team to help change the face of enterprise computing."

The new CenturyLink Cloud – based on Tier 3's public, multi-tenant cloud – targets complex enterprise workloads and is described as user-friendly for businesses of all sizes. With the product's self-service interface, CenturyLink says  administrators can quickly create and manage highly available public cloud environments. A Web services API and cloud foundry-based platform-as-a-service provide a comprehensive cloud application toolkit for enterprise developers.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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