CenturyLink snaps up Orchestrate, deepens cloud-based database service set

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has reached a deal to acquire Orchestrate, deepening its cloud service portfolio with a new set of managed database service capabilities.

The company said that the acquisition will enhance the CenturyLink Cloud platform with new Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) capabilities and add Orchestrate's data services team to CenturyLink's Product Development and Technology organization.

What drove CenturyLink to purchase Orchestrate is the desire to respond to customers' needs to have multiple flexible databases. CenturyLink said that Orchestrate provides multiple flavors of managed NoSQL databases, to save businesses from having to run their own. The company provides full-text search, time series, graph and key-value storage through a single, simple API that combines the ease of use of NoSQL databases with the reliability of distributed databases.

Orchestrate's co-founders, CEO Antony Falco and CTO Ian Plosker, will join CenturyLink, as will Dave Smith, VP of engineering.

Financial terms of the agreement were not revealed.

While the acquisition is new, neither company is a stranger as CenturyLink made Orchestrate's service deployable via its cloud platform.

Orchestrate is just one of several acquisitions CenturyLink has made to bolster its cloud service portfolio. Previously, the service provider acquired disaster recovery specialist DataGardens and it also enhanced its cloud application capabilities by acquiring Tier 3 and Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider AppFog.

Acquiring smaller companies, particularly in the cloud space, is a trend that's likely to continue at CenturyLink this year.

Stewart Ewing, EVP and CFO of CenturyLink, told investors in December at the UBS Annual Global Media and Communications Conference that it would look at ways to enhance its data center and managed services unit by either building products in house or purchasing another company with specific talents or capabilities.

"From a data center perspective, we'll be looking more so to add different products to the portfolio than a huge data center acquisition," Ewing said.

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