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CenturyLink Brings Relational Database Service to Cloud Platform

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CenturyLink launched its Relational Database (DB) Service on Tuesday in a bid to serve the growing market of application developers with a MySQL-compatible database-as-a-service. Developers can procure the cloud service through the CenturyLink Cloud platform to balance the need for dynamic databases with minimal infrastructure cost, while driving more agile IT, the company said.

Relational DB Service is designed to enable all sizes of enterprises to easily provision database environments on-demand, with any combination of scalable CPU, RAM, and storage the platform allows. It also features daily, configurable backups and SSL Certificates, and high availability with in-data center replication with auto-failover.

Relational DB Service joins the NoSQL Orchestrate, which the company acquired in April, in CenturyLink’s database-as-a-service portfolio. CenturyLink offers managed MySQL and Microsoft SQL, but began focusing on the developer market with a series of acquisitions, including Tier 3 and AppFog in 2013.

“Automation helps businesses deliver value-added applications quickly and is a vast improvement over manually creating, configuring and operating a back-end database,” said Richard Seroter, vice president, platform product management at CenturyLink. “CenturyLink’s Relational DB service helps developers get instant access to a high-performing, highly available MySQL database service. Instead of dealing with installing and managing database infrastructure, customers can focus on taking their products to market.”

Last fall it was revealed that CenturyLink has hired financial advisors to help it evaluate the potential sale of some or all of its data center fleet, as it adapts its service portfolio to the evolving market.

The developer market has grown rapidly, and surveys indicate that it will continue to do so, but competition is keeping stride, with more attention from giant service providers like IBM and growing alternatives like DigitalOcean.

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