CenturyLink's Savvis to power Virgin Media's cloud service drive

CenturyLink's (NYSE: CTL) Savvis has become the engine behind UK-based Virgin Media's (Nasdaq: VMED) new cloud and data center service.

Leveraging its own fiber and HFC-based network and Savvis' private data center (VPDC), Virgin Media plans to serve up a contract-free cloud service that will be delivered to businesses on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Targeted initially at businesses with about 250-1,000 employees, the MSO's service will offer three main service level agreements (SLAs) and network uptime guarantees.

Mark Heraghty, Virgin Media Business's managing director, said the new service is designed to help businesses speed their deployment of data centers for their own business needs.

"The VPDC service will allow IT managers to gain virtual computing power quickly and easily by designing and deploying their own private datacentre in just a few clicks," he said. "They can have it up and running the same day and the set-up can then be modified as and when required, with changes being ready to go within 90 minutes."

The new service launch has benefits for both Virgin and Savvis alike. For Virgin, which admits to being a bit late to the cloud game, they have a competitive offer to battle BT (NYSE: BT) and Cable & Wireless (LSE: CW.L), while Savvis gets a foothold in the UK-based cloud and data center service market.  

For more:
- Computer Weekly has this article

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