CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is taking a bigger role in the public cloud market by participating in Dell's Cloud Partner Program, a move that will extend its cloud services to the telco's Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) platforms.
A key point for existing Dell customers is consistency. Dell will serve as a single source supplier, providing centralized solution integration, control and direct support.
Customers will be able to access CenturyLink's Cloud compute solution set via a web services API and in a unified management interface. These elements include automation and orchestration features specifically designed for CenturyLink Cloud.
In addition, the two companies will offer a PaaS service based on Cloud Foundry and Iron Foundry.
Existing Dell customers can access CenturyLink Cloud public cloud services starting today.
Establishing partnerships with major network integrators and computer suppliers like Dell is important for CenturyLink and its Savvis subsidiary as they look to shore up their profile in the cloud services market.
Data hosting continues to be a big part of CenturyLink's revenue mix. During the third quarter, colocation revenues rose 1.4 percent year-over-year to $146 million, while managed hosting revenues rose 15 percent year-over-year to $129 million.
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