Dell Taps CenturyLink as Newest Cloud Partner

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CenturyLink and its Cloud are now part of Dell’s Cloud Partner Program, giving customers added choice and flexibility in their cloud-computing pursuits, the computer giant said.

The companies say their alliance gives Dell customers around the globe access to a slate of public cloud services, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), which can be deployed across CenturyLinks global data-center footprint. Customers also gain the added benefit of having Dell serve as the single-source supplier through the Dell Cloud Partner Program, providing centralized solution integration, control and direct support.

Customers continuously tell us they need choice, flexibility and support in planning, deploying and managing cloud environments,” said Jeremy Ford, executive director and general manager, Dell Cloud Services. Those three elements are critical to Dells cloud strategy and our continued expansion of the Dell Cloud Partner Program. CenturyLinks … public cloud offerings combined with Dells … end-to-end, scalable solutions and services enable customers to build, control and use cloud-based solutions to drive a competitive business advantage.”

Companies want to take the complexity out of deploying and maintaining cloud infrastructures so they can focus on running their business,” said Suku Krishnaraj, vice president and general manager of cloud at CenturyLinks Savvis organization. Our partnership with Dell allows businesses to run the simplest workload to the most complex, demanding application on public cloud environments with ease and confidence to quickly and consistently achieve measurable business results.”

Through the alliance, Dell customers benefit from CenturyLink Clouds compute, storage and networking services. Each service is accessible via Web services API and in a unified management interface that includes significant automation and orchestration features specifically for CenturyLink Cloud. A PaaS offering based on Cloud Foundry and Iron Foundry is also available.

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