August 20th, 2014 by Rob Powell

CenturyLink Technology Solutions, essentially the entity we called Savvis no so long ago combined with a few other assets, has made a significant cloud move. They’ve taken their public cloud services, and built a private cloud offering that they are now taking to the enterprise market.

CenturyLink’s private cloud is available across some 57 data centers in 34 markets around the world. It enables the creation of hybrid cloud environments, letting enterprises add dedicated, isolated, secure hardware pools to the public cloud assets they might already be using.

We hear less and less these days about the ILEC side of CenturyLink, and more about the company’s cloud and data center efforts. That’s natural I suppose, given the state of wireline for ILECs – fiber network or not. When CenturyLink bought Savvis and Verizon bought Terremark, a part of me wondered if these guys would apply the culture of the incumbent to a growing data center and cloud opportunity and hobble it. But they haven’t so far, and the hybrid telecom giant and data center model seems to be doing pretty well so far.

Rumors of CenturyLink making a play for Rackspace seem to have died down for now. However, the talk of CenturyLink and Savvis flared up multiple times over several years before it actually happened, and I still think they might make a go of it at some point.