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CenturyLink named a “Strong Contender” in Forrester Wave for Hosted Private Cloud APAC

In Forrester's 33-criteria evaluation of hosted private cloud service providers in Asia Pacific, the most significant were identified, researched, analyzed, and scored. This report shows how CenturyLink and six other providers measure up and help infrastructure and operations professionals make the right choice.

Forrester is one of the world's most influential research and advisory firms. Working with business and technology leaders to develop customer-obsessed strategies that drive growth, Forrester provides unique insights grounded in annual surveys of more than 675,000 consumers and business leaders worldwide, rigorous and objective methodologies, and the shared wisdom of innovative clients.

Cloud Spectator

CenturyLink Cloud Outperforms in EU

Cloud Spectator conducted a study comparing nine major IaaS vendors in the EU — including Amazon AWS, Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer — where CenturyLink Cloud outperformed all others.

"CenturyLink achieves the highest CloudSpecs Score in the 9 cloud IaaS providers ranking. This is largely due to high vCPU & memory performance and its inexpensive customizable pricing."

Cloud Spectator is a cloud benchmarking and consulting agency focused on cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) performance. They conducted a study comparing nine major IaaS vendors in the EU — including Amazon AWS, Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer — where CenturyLink Cloud outperformed all others.

Cloud Harmony

Cloud Harmony CenturyLink Testing Report

The independent testing results are in, and CenturyLink Cloud's cloud compute instances are the ones to beat for key performance measures and total cost of ownership. With the launch of our new cloud server instances, we approached an independent analytics company, CloudHarmony, and asked them to conduct an extended performance test that compared CenturyLink Cloud servers to the best of breed equivalent servers offered by AWS & Rackspace. CloudHarmony is a well-respected shop that collects data from dozens of benchmarks and shares the results publicly for anyone to dissect.  After running a variety of benchmarks over a long period of time (to ensure that the test gave an accurate look over an extended window), they shared their findings with the world.

Dimensional Research

Is the Public Cloud Secure? The Truth from Public Cloud Customers

As the excitement around cloud technology increased, one of the top cloud concerns raised was security. Security fears, fueled by the unknown, tainted all cloud solutions options: Public, private, and hybrid. While there is still plenty of cloud hype, many companies have progressed beyond sandbox projects and are now leveraging a cloud operating model for mission critical applications that directly affect their operations and profits. Cloud adoption is at a point where companies are utilising public cloud services for their top tier applications and critical customer data. This 5-page research report, conducted by independent research firm, Dimensional Research, shares the experiences of real customers and profiles the CenturyLink Cloud approach to security.

Dimensional Research interviewed two organisations that have deployed enterprise-class public cloud solutions and obtain in-depth feedback on security effectiveness and actual realized value from moving to the cloud. The companies in this report are customers of CenturyLink Cloud (formerly Tier 3).


How CenturyLink is Using its Own Cloud Platform to Showcase Capabilities

Ovum's analysis concludes that CenturyLink's decision to reference itself shows how cloud providers can demonstrate the viability of their offerings by actually being their own "customer." This maturity model helps communicate CenturyLink's vision for a continued journey to the cloud to both internal stakeholders and customers. This approach has broken down barriers between operations and development, enabling every IT stakeholder to be engaged in real-time dialogue and meet targets of increased operational agility.

Ovum is an independent, UK-based firm that advises on the commercial impact of technology and market changes in telecoms, software and IT services. Ovum's case study of CenturyLink observes that the organisation's migration to its own public cloud meets two primary objectives. First, it's part of a larger strategic IT initiative focused on business agility. Second, CenturyLink wants to act as a reference customer for its own CenturyLink Cloud.