Carpenters travel with hammers, saws and other implements. Chefs work with a set of really sharp knives. Doctors are famous for carrying a little black bag full of life-saving gear. 

IT architects, like me, have our preferred set of tools as well. For many years now, VMware’s vCloud suite has been one of our go-to toolsets for helping customers maximize their cloud investment. CenturyLink has been building VMware clouds for 14 years, in data centers all around the world. And just like you want a doctor to be an expert in using any of the tools in that black bag, we have developed tremendous institutional knowledge from building cloud solutions for thousands of customers.

That’s why I think it’s so important that we are now offering that institutional knowledge to customers via Dedicated Cloud Compute Foundation, which we plan to formally announce at VMworld 2017. Based on VMware Cloud Foundation,™ Dedicated Cloud Compute Foundation brings together VMware’s vSphere®, vSAN™ and NSX® into a natively integrated stack, delivering enterprise grade, globally available hyper-converged-infrastructure based on HPE® with CenturyLink automation and management capabilities for a consistent operational experience across cloud environments.

VMware built many of the tools that helped create our virtualized IT landscape and many IT pros have used them. Dedicated Cloud Compute Foundation allows CenturyLink to combine our deep expertise with VMware to build a solution that’s bigger than its individual parts.

Together, we can bring scale to your VMware solution through 32 data centers around the world. That gives you proximity to any special needs you might have (e.g. getting closer to key clients, dealing with data sovereignty issues, etc.) and lets you move your cloud applications virtually anywhere while still using the same VMware platform your team has been using for years, while enabling other non-cloud Hybrid capabilities such as dedicated hosting or colocation to be placed next to your hosted private cloud.  So you don’t have to start using a new tool at the expense of existing tools that continue to do the job well.

As an architect, the flexibility enabled by this solution in VMware is particularly exciting. Customers can manage as much or as little of their VMware environment as they want or need to. We can take care of the rest. Some customers might want just support to migrate their workloads over to their hosted private cloud while others who may not have the required resources on staff to operate the cloud workloads may choose to leverage VMware Certified experts at CenturyLink to fully manage the day-to-day operations.

Lastly, DCC Foundation is also integrated with CenturyLink® Cloud Application Manager so you can optimize cost, standardize deployment and integrate accounts across all of your private and public clouds including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure and get complete visibility in a single place.

With Dedicated Cloud Compute Foundation, the tools in my little black bag just got much more powerful.

If you are planning to be at VMworld 2017 this week, make sure to stop by Booth #517 for a demo or set up a consultation with us at the event.  You can also connect with us after the event.  Schedule a consultation today.

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