CenturyLink serves up cloud data for GSA Networx contract customers

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has added cloud data center services, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service product, to the list of available services it can provide to its federal government agency customers via General Services Administration (GSA)'s Networx Universal contract.  

Offering virtual and dedicated platforms and a secure multitenant public cloud solution, CenturyLink's cloud data center service is available on both Networx Universal and GSA's IT Schedule 70, one of the most widely used contract vehicles agencies use to procure services.

While the public sector has been slower to embrace the cloud, agencies are looking for services. By offering a mix of private and hybrid cloud solutions, CenturyLink can support the on-demand computing, storage, platform and application needs of large and small federal agencies.

One of the other recent developments that could make CenturyLink's cloud and colocation services more palatable for government agencies considering a move into the cloud is it agreed to have its 57 global data centers evaluated by the Uptime Institute for Management and Operations (M&O) certification.

CenturyLink does not break out how much it sells to government customers, but cloud and data center services overall have become a growing piece of the telco's revenue mix. During the third quarter, managed hosting revenues were $147 million, up 14 percent from the third quarter of 2013, while colocation revenues were $163 million, a 4.5 percent increase over the same period a year ago.

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