Savvis expands its cloud program via VMware partnership

Savvis, CenturyLink's (NYSE: CTL) cloud and data center unit, on Tuesday launched a collaborative effort with VMware to incorporate its VMware Cloud Applications Marketplace into its Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem Program.

Current and new Savvis customers will now be able to gain access to an even broader array of open-source packages and commercial applications that are provided by major software vendors, hardware vendors, content providers and system integrators.

Focused on taking the guesswork out of scaling cloud applications, any of these applications can be deployed, scaled, managed and customized with VMware vFabric Application Director.

David Shacochis, vice president of cloud platforms at Savvis, said, "This expansion of our relationship with VMware provides our customers direct access to a range of ready-to-use enterprise applications, ranging from content management and developer tools to middleware and collaboration frameworks."

Existing customers can use the VMware vFabric Application Director to provision multitier, complex applications into the Savvis Symphony cloud.

The new partnership with VMware builds on Savvis' Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem Program, which it launched in August to provide cloud-governance and lifecycle-management solutions, including the ability to manage both on- and off-premise workloads.

Cloud services via Savvis have become a hot button in CenturyLink's growing business services portfolio.

In Q3 2012, CenturyLink's The Enterprise Markets - Data Hosting segment, which primarily consists of its Savvis operations, reported that operating revenues rose 8.1 percent to $280 million.

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