Cloud Building Continues, as CenturyLink Acquires Tier 3

Telecom provider CenturyLink continues to build its cloud computing operation through acquisitions. After buying up Savvis and AppFog, CenturyLink (CTL) said today that it has now acquired public cloud provider Tier 3 and branded its offerings as CenturyLink Cloud. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CenturyLink said Tier 3’s products will form the foundation of its cloud strategy and anchor the new Seattle-based CenturyLink Cloud Development Center.

“Our mission is to provide world-class managed services to global businesses on virtual, dedicated and colocation infrastructures,” said Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink’s Savvis organization. “Tier 3’s innovative automation and self-service platform are game-changing for our global enterprise clients. From greenfield development to mission-critical apps, businesses have a trusted technology partner to seize new market opportunities. This acquisition underscores our continued commitment to delivering the most complete portfolio of cloud services.”

Jared Wray, the founder and chief technology officer for Tier 3, will now serve as chief technology officer for the CenturyLink Cloud organization, and help the company embrace Devops and open source development through the Cloud Development Center.

“We founded Tier 3 in 2006 with a vision for cloud services that make life easier for enterprise developers and IT alike,” said Wray. “We now have an amazing home at CenturyLink to carry this vision forward. Our platform roadmap will combine with CenturyLink’s global network and data center footprint and managed services team to help change the face of enterprise computing.”

Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500company and the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. In addition to its cloud and telecom services, the company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink Prism TV and DIRECTV brands.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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