These resources provide architectural guidance and best practices for building highly scalable and reliable applications in on CenturyLink's Hybrid IT Delivery Platform.

  • Cloud Network Services

    CenturyLink Cloud Network Services is the suite of network connectivity options provided by CenturyLink. This guide provides a reference architecture about available services, including MPLS, NAS and virtual route forwarding.

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  • Disaster Recovery Architectures & Best Practises

    The CenturyLink Cloud provides integrated and custom solutions to protect and rapidly recover data. This guide outlines what is included in the CenturyLink Cloud, and highlights key considerations that must be evaluated to maintain system availability during a disaster event. An overview of CenturyLink SafeHaven Disaster Recovery as a Service (DraaS) is highlighted as well.

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  • Fault Tolerance / Highly Available Services Best Practises

    The CenturyLink Cloud is built from the ground up to enable services deployed in any of our data centres to be fault tolerant and highly available. Every aspect of the infrastructure is built with local failure in mind. This overview highlights key pieces of the infrastructure and design around fault tolerance.

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  • High Availability with Microsoft SQL 2014 AlwaysOn

    AlwaysOn is a feature in SQL Server 2012 and 2014 that offers flexible and cost-efficient high availability and disaster recovery. It provides automatic recovery from failures, potentially reducing the risk for data loss, while avoiding downtime. This overview highlights the advantages of AlwaysOn with details on how to configure this feature on Microsoft SQL server databases.

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  • Object Storage

    Using CenturyLink Cloud's object storage allows your data to be stored in a secure, highly available and cost effective manner. Objects of any data type can be stored and accessed easily, and with multiple copies across data centres your data will be better protected from data loss. This overview highlights some of the use cases for Object Storage.

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  • SAML for Single-Sign-On Using Windows 2012 R2

    CenturyLink Cloud supports the use of Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), which allows customers to use their own identity management system to authenticate users of the CenturyLink Cloud Control Portal. This reference architecture overview illustrates the steps in the SAML flow for user authentication.

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  • Web Application Architectures & Best Practises

    Highly available and scalable web applications are easily configurable on the CenturyLink Cloud. Powerful features provide a scalable, secure, and flexible infrastructure platform that is essential for meeting the demanding needs of the enterprise. CenturyLink Cloud allows for automatic scale up and scale down policies that maximise web application performance and reduces cost and complexity.

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