The real and the virtual meet in Las Vegas later this month as VMWorld US 2017 gets underway August 27-31. In this case, what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. Thousands of attendees will compare notes and then take new knowledge of managing a changing world home to hundreds of companies engaged in digital transformation.

VMware effectively enabled the Information Technology evolution of cloud computing as we know it. Enterprise customers today have more choice, flexibility and cost options than ever before as they work to manage a digital transformation shift that is picking up speed.

And we’ve been alongside VMware for that journey. CenturyLink was recently awarded the  VMware 2016 Global Partner Innovation Award in the Cloud Provider category. The CenturyLink and VMware alliance and data center innovation goes back to the early day of compute virtualization. Our collective service with Vmware has evolved from colocation to managed services in a private and ultimately public cloud data center environment for enterprise customers.

And our partnership continues in special ways at VMWorld. Join us at our booth #517 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for an interactive presentation. Elsewhere, our thought leader on all things cloud, Dave Shacochis, will be on a panel, “Achieving Success in a Multi-Cloud World,” on Wednesday August 30 at 11am to noon (check the program for location). Dave will talk about managing the technical complexity of a multiple cloud environment; but he also believes the organizational complexity of these environments – what he calls the three spheres of influence – must be addressed by new platforms like CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager.

We’re proud to support VMworld. VMware played a leading role in creating the virtualized IT world we know today. Many of the people attending the conference are working toward more agile architectures to accelerate their own digital transformations. In fact, our own work with 451 Research indicates that inflexible IT systems are viewed as the single biggest barrier to digital transformation by IT managers around the world.

CenturyLink is strongly committed to the adoption of new multi cloud architectural models that are easier and more convenient for both communities of users – those already engaged in digital transformation and those still in the planning stages. As an award-winning VMware partner, VMworld provides us an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to our customers by accelerating the adoption of VMware’s powerful Software Defined Data Center approaches.

And to hear more, check us out at VMWorld.  We’ll be at Booth 517 where you can see a demo of the our new CenturyLink Dedicated Cloud Compute Foundation solution powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. Also see demos of our new Cloud Application Manager, Managed SAP and Location Based Analytics solutions.  See you there!

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