CenturyLink® Private Cloud:
VCE® Vblock Cloud Computing 

CenturyLink Private Cloud: VCE

Reach the cloud faster, with the world's first converged infrastructure solution for private cloud computing.

Private clouds built on pervasive virtual infrastructure are appealing to organizations wanting to deliver IT services to users faster, more reliably and at a lower cost. But bringing a private cloud and pervasive virtualization to reality can prove difficult.

Cloud computing delivers real business benefits, including:

  • Faster delivery of IT services to end-users
  • Increased agility and scalability
  • Flexible consumption models
  • Less fragmented resources
  • Improved security and control 

CenturyLink Private Cloud: VCE combines best-of-breed networking, compute, storage, security and management with end-to-end vendor accountability so you can rapidly build, control and deploy your reliable private cloud. CenturyLink private cloud is built on VCE standard modular infrastructure and managed in our premier data centers utilizing technologies from segment leaders VMware, Cisco and EMC.

Vblock offers you the agility of public cloud services, plus the security, physical isolation and peace of mind that comes with a private cloud solution. All on a single, highly secure, standardized infrastructure that has been pre-integrated, tested and validated. 


Best-of-Breed Converged Infrastructure

Combining networking, compute, storage, security and management with end-to-end accountability.

Vblock platforms unite traditionally disparate layers to offer a truly integrated solution by converging the compute, network, storage, virtualization, security and management layers in a single unit that simplifies IT infrastructure resulting in:

  • Fewer physical components
  • Predictable, constant footprint
  • Reliable performance
  • Reduced cabling
  • Consistent operating cost
  • Rapid application scaling
  • 100% uptime SLA

Our VCE components are architected specifically to work with each other, eliminating the blind troubleshooting, making upgrades less risky, and avoiding human errors associated with configuration. With VCE infrastructure from CenturyLink, your staff can focus on innovation and service delivery instead of on configuring separate components and tuning network performance. 

The CenturyLink Private Cloud with Vblock supports mixed enterprise workloads to accelerate application development and production. All of our virtualized infrastructure is expertly managed by CenturyLink engineers who bring over 20 years of colocation, hosting, and cloud operations experience to design, build and run hybrid clouds on a global scale.  

Our segment leading VCE partners provide us with:

  • VCE: vBlock Architecture
  • Cisco: Nexus Switches and UCS compute blades
  • EMC: VNX Storage and VMware Virtualization Software

Our VCE Partnerships Deliver Scale at Greater Value

Get the value and economies of scale with the CenturyLink private cloud architecture.

Architected using the Vblock 340 series, designed to scale from a few hundred VMs to thousands of VMs

  • Vcenter API access for VM orchestration
  • Optimized for a wide range of workload processing, capacity and transactional requirements
  • Engineered for ease of growth and expansion
  • Simplified deployment, management and ongoing operations
  • VCE core support, which includes:
    • 24x7x365 technical support
    • Assigned Customer Advocate
    • VCE Connect support portal
    • Rapid onsite parts replacement
    • Escalation management
    • Software certification matrices and documentation
    • Remote reactive support patch implementation
  • Supports HIPAA / HITECH compliance regulations

First—Choose a Size

Small, Medium, Large or Custom

  • Differs by design, Maximum number of VMs and by Maximum amount of storage


  • Supports up to 500 VMs, based on VNX5400 Storage System
  • Accommodates up to 16 UCS Servers and up to 250 Disks


  • Supports up to 1,000 VMs, based on VNX5600 Storage System
  • Accommodates up to 32 UCS Servers and up to 500 Disks


  • Supports up to 1,500 VMs, based on VNX5800 Storage System
  • Accommodates up to 32 UCS Servers and up to 750 Disks

Second—Choose a Profile


  • Modeled with higher percentage of smaller sized VMs
  • Bronze Compute Bundle and mix of Silver/Bronze Storage Bundle


  • Modeled with higher percentage of medium and Large sized VMs
  • Silver Compute Bundle and mix of Gold/Silver Storage Bundle


  • Modeled with higher percentage of Large/Extra Large sized VMs
  • Gold Compute Bundle and mix of Platinum/Gold Storage Bundle

Vblock 340 Base System is now Complete, time to add Expansion

Third—Expansion Bundles

3 Compute Expansion Bundle Options

  • Gold (2 blades, each blade has 32 Cores, 384GB RAM)
  • Silver (2 blades, each blade has 24 Cores, 256GB RAM)
  • Bronze (2 blades, each blade has 16 Cores, 128GB RAM)
  • A Compute Expansion Bundle comprises 2 UCS Blade Servers
  • All based on UCS B200-M4

4 Storage Disk Expansion Bundle Options

  • Platinum (16 EFD, 32 SAS)
  • Gold (15 EFD, 15 SAS, 8 NL-SAS)
  • Silver (10 EFD, 18 SAS, 8 NL-SAS)
  • Bronze (40 SAS)

Supported Disk Drives Note:

  • Enterprise Class Flash Disk (EFD) are 200 GB SSD
  • Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Disk are 600 GB
  • Near Line SAS Disk are 2 TB capacity drives

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

Hosting Area Network

Get secure, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity integrated on the MPLS backbone inside the data center 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 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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