CenturyLink's first major foray into the cloud services market started with acquisition of Savvis in 2011

CenturyLink's first major foray into the cloud services market started with acquisition of Savvis in 2011

Savvis Announces Availability of Rebuilt Cloud Data Center

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Savvis, the cloud hosting unit of CenturyLink, announced global availability of an infrastructure as a service offering called Cloud Data Center. Built on VMWare vCloud Director 5.1 and Cisco’s Unified Data Center technologies, it’s aimed at enterprise hybrid needs.

“Businesses are looking to migrate applications hosted on-premise into the cloud using a variety of hybrid solutions,” said Andrew Higginbotham, chief technology officer at Savvis. “Designed for customers who rely on VMware technologies, Savvis Cloud Data Center streamlines extensions into the cloud with easy-to-use familiar interfaces and tools for scaling performance to their needs.”

Savvis’ Cloud Data Center Services consist of:

  • vCloud Data Center – Public: a multitenant public cloud
  • Cloud Data Center – Private: dedicated compute infrastructure

This isn’t Savvis’ first go around in the IaaS world, so what’s new here? It’s completely new and rebuilt (when compared to previous offerings like Virtual Private Data Center). It has a new user interface. In addition, the native support of vDC 5.1 API is a big deal to enterprises; it enables consistent cloud management experience and seamless hybrid cloud adoption.

The pitch is that Cloud Data Center helps facilitate rapid migration of enterprise applications to the cloud, with the service offered in multiple data centers across the globe. Customers are able to retain governance and control of corporate assets in the cloud, through proven security technologies and best practices. Moving to cloud optimizes Total Cost of Ownership through the pay-as-you-go consumption model.

Cloudswell signed up as a beta client and continues to use the service.

“We vetted many providers with great solutions in specific types of service offerings, but chose Savvis Cloud Data Center based upon its ability to provide top-tier services across many different service classes,” said Roger Hale, vice president of cloud services and chief information security officer at Cloudswell. “Working with Savvis, we have employed a hybrid cloud solution that provides scalability, flexibility and budgetary control with the visibility and auditability to meet our customers’ information security and compliance requirements.”

Savvis Cloud Data Center is part of a broad suite of scalable, on-demand cloud services available through Savvis data centers across North America, Europe and Asia. Savvis offers a complete portfolio of IT solutions including managed hosting, colocation, consulting services and CenturyLink’s global network services.

About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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