VMware vCloud® Air™ from CenturyLink 
 

WHY CENTURYLINK

Data Center to Cloud Without Boundaries

The data center application environments you know and love are now available in the cloud.

Extending applications into the cloud should expand your options without adding complexity.  CenturyLink is one of the first cloud providers to partner with virtualization leader VMware to offer vCloud® Air, a secure hybrid cloud platform built on vSphere.  VMware’s data center virtualization software with CenturyLink’s network and data center infrastructure gives customers ease, agility, and flexibility as they move their workloads to a hybrid IT environment. 

Whether you’ve deployed an on-site private cloud, off-site public cloud, or virtual private cloud, the ability to support your investment in applications running in a VMware environment is crucial to application and workload migration.  vCloud Air is offered by CenturyLink as a public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud depending upon your company’s needs and budget giving you:

  • A hybrid virtual public cloud solution
  • Cost-efficient infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
  • Global network access and interconnections
  • Rapid testing, development and deployment of applications
  • Pay-as-you-go application environments
  • Increased application flexibility and IT agility
  • Data center capacity to meet growth requirements
  • Cost-effectively implement disaster recovery

While our private and public cloud offerings are wholly powered by VMware software, all CenturyLink colocation and hosting offerings may also be virtualized by VMware.  For companies who have a cloud initiative or who are running virtualized environments, CenturyLink and VMware can deliver reliable virtualized environments from any mix of CenturyLink’s network, colocation, hosting, and cloud services.  

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PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Quick Workload Solutions

Rapidly move application workloads from the data center to the hybrid cloud.

Get the flexibility of the cloud with the security, reliability and consistency of the data center.  Run your applications in a dependable and familiar virtualized workload environment using vCloud Air running on a leading secure and reliable cloud infrastructure from CenturyLink. 

Seamlessly unite hybrid, multiple clouds on a global scale interconnected by CenturyLink’s global network.  CenturyLink Cloud® Network Services enhance the vCloud Air networking connectivity with low-latency connections, security and reliability, end to end.

Give your company coordinated management, scalability, networking, and security models across both onsite and offsite environments. The CenturyLink vCloud Air platform supports over 5,000 applications and over 90 different operating systems already certified to run on vSphere and it doesn’t require any time consuming or additional costs to move them to the cloud.

While maintaining a complete view of the infrastructure, you can build hybrid IT applications that leverage both on-premises and cloud resources. And you can take advantage of storage, backup, and recovery options with increased efficiency and reduced cost.

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Application Environment Options Available in the Cloud 

Get the best vCloud options through our partnership with VMware.

vCloud Air services from CenturyLink give VMware users a familiar and reliable way to transition to the cloud.  CenturyLink not only hosts vCloud Air nodes in our data centers around the world, but we have utilized our expertise to provide customers with fully managed hybrid cloud options based on the vCloud Air platform featuring: 

  • Infrastructure that includes CPU, memory and disk
  • Compute, storage, network access and public IP Addresses
  • Built-in redundancy, high availability, firewalling, load balancing, NAT, DHCP, IPsec, VPN and disk I/O included
  • Support for over 90 operating systems and thousands of applications
  • Integrated “single pane of glass” management
  • Wide range of disaster recovery features
  • Support for HIPAA / HITECH compliance regulations

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Features

We offer three vCloud Air subscription services with support for existing workloads and new application development.

Dedicated Private Cloud
A single-tenant, physically isolated IaaS platform operated by VMware and compatible with on premise vSphere environments, for true hybrid functionality.

  • 30GHz of compute (vCPU) capacity
  • 120GB of vRAM
  • 6TB of storage
  • 3 public IP addresses
  • 50Mbps network link, burstable to 1Gbps

Virtual Private Cloud
A secure, vSphere compatible multi-tenant, IaaS platform operated by VMware. Virtual Private Cloud is a high performance, highly available public cloud service that includes a pool of compute, storage and private networking resources.

  • 10GHz of compute (vCPU) capacity
  • 20GB of vRAM
  • 2TB of Storage
  • 2 public IP addresses
  • 10Mbps network link, burstable to 50Mbps

Disaster Recovery as a Service
Business continuity and disaster recovery are paramount for ensuring your business critical environment, data, and online presence are available with minimal downtime. The availability services offered on vCloud Air help ensure that your data is protected, recoverable and accessible to you and your customers.

  • 10GHz of compute (vCPU) capacity
  • 20GB of vRAM
  • 1TB of Storage
  • 2 public IP addresses
  • 10Mbps network link, burstable to 50Mbps

Each of the above service options also include:

  • Domain Name Service (DNS)
  • Monitoring
  • Software and Security Patch Deployment
  • Hot-Fixes and Patches
  • Operating System and Managed Application Software Upgrades
  • User Privileges
  • Unix-Based Servers
  • URL, TCP and ICMP Monitoring
  • URL Check Options

vCloud Air Management
Manage your vCloud environments through vCenter or vCloud director and get policy-driven management and automation in a single unified management platform. This allows you to centrally manage and monitor all applications and workloads across an integrated configuration of environments. Your company maintains complete IT control with increased cost-efficiency, speed and agility.

See the complete picture through a single pane of glass
Manage your cloud environments through a single portal, and get a complete view of all resources, eliminating the expense of acquiring expertise in a variety of platforms.

Enjoy a consistent user experience
Diverse workloads can run seamlessly in well-connected, on-premise and vCloud Air environments, creating an always-predictable user experience.

Get full, global data access
CenturyLink’s worldwide data centers, coupled with vCloud Air data centers can easily address customers’ data sovereignty issues and reduce latency to help customers work more productively and securely.

Hosting Area Network
Get secure, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity integrated on the MPLS backbone inside the datacenter to help ensure access to workloads and control Internet access to remote locations.  

  • Load Balancing and SSL Acceleration
  • CenturyLink IQ®+ (MPLS) network access in over 300+ data centers with direct and cross-connection options for colocation, managed hosting and public cloud
  • Direct connection to AWS® and MS Azure® Cloud Platforms
  • Private and Public VLAN options
  • Public Internet Options through CenturyLink and other network providers

Customer Portal

  • Ability to access monitoring, reporting and provisioning, all through an easy to use customer portal
  • Proactive support through custom reporting, analytics and recommendations

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