CenturyLink’s ElasticBox Buy ‘Strengthens and Enhances’ Multi-Cloud Future

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CenturyLink is acquiring ElasticBox, a startup that helps enterprise IT organizations deploy cloud apps, and create a self-service catalog of apps and infrastructure.

CenturyLink's Justin LopinotThe acquisition combines the ElasticBox platform with CenturyLink’s global network, hosting and delivery capabilities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Justin Lopinot, CenturyLink spokesman, tells Channel Partners the acquisition will provide greater cloud access and management options for CenturyLink partners and their customers.

“ElasticBox’s platform complements the CenturyLink Cloud platform and technology we have been actively developing and operating,” he said. “Our support and the excellent partner and end-customer experience our current CenturyLink Cloud platform provides will be enhanced by ElasticBox’s ability to enable a great experience across multiple clouds.”

ElasticBox recently added support for CenturyLink Cloud and more feature support for Google Compute Engine and OpenStack. It provides app orchestration for more than 12 different cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services, IBM’s SoftLayer, Microsoft Azure and VMware.{ad}

“Many of our customers are already using one or more third-party clouds, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and CenturyLink Cloud,” Lopinot said. “By offering a multi-cloud management through CenturyLink, these customers – and new ones – benefit from simplified management of their cloud services and future integration with other CenturyLink services such as network and managed services.”

ElasticBox also supports Docker and Amazon ECS containers, and recently added Kubernetes as another destination for apps.

“The ElasticBox multi-cloud management platform frees businesses to focus on issues that are central to their organization rather than spending time and resources managing multiple clouds,” said Aamir Hussain, CenturyLink’s chief technology officer.

The acquisition “strengthens and enhances” CenturyLink’s development and deployment of multi-cloud services management capabilities, and is expected to provide buy-versus-build benefits of lower risk and faster time-to-market, Lopinot said.

“We will continue to deliver on the contractual promises and commitments ElasticBox has with its partners and customers, including continuing to offer quality service and support,” he said. “In addition, new resources and innovations from CenturyLink are expected to improve and leverage this hybrid cloud application management platform to deliver end-to-end network, multi-cloud and hybrid IT managed services.”

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