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Dell Offers Public Cloud, PaaS through New CenturyLink Partnership

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Dell announced on Thursday that it is expanding its Dell Cloud Partner Program with the addition of CenturyLink and its new CenturyLink Cloud.

CenturyLink acquired cloud provider Tier 3 in October, and rebranded its offerings as CenturyLink Cloud. Through the partnership, Dell customers will be able to access cloud services, such as IaaS and PaaS, that can be deployed across CenturyLink’s international data center footprint.

Customers can access a web services API and a unified management portal to automate features of CenturyLink Cloud. A PaaS offering based on Cloud Foundry is also available, which is a capability that CenturyLink added earlier this year through its acquisition of App Fog.

“Customers continuously tell us they need choice, flexibility and support in planning, deploying and managing cloud environments,” Jeremy Ford, executive director and general manager, Dell Cloud Services said in a statement. “Those three elements are critical to Dell’s cloud strategy and our continued expansion of the Dell Cloud Partner Program. CenturyLink’s best-in-class public cloud offerings combined with Dell’s leading end-to-end, scalable solutions and services enable customers to build, control and use cloud-based solutions to drive a competitive business advantage.”

Through the partner program, Dell offers customers assistance through its Dell Cloud Consulting and Application Services, and offers direct support from a Dell salesperson to offer the best solution for their needs.

Customers can manage multiple clouds through a single portal called Dell Cloud Manager, formerly Enstratius.

“Companies want to take the complexity out of deploying and maintaining cloud infrastructures so they can focus on running their business,” Suku Krishnaraj, vice president and general manager of cloud at CenturyLink’s Savvis organization said. “Our partnership with Dell allows businesses to run the simplest workload to the most complex, demanding application on public cloud environments with ease and confidence to quickly and consistently achieve measurable business results.”

Dell announced this partnership as a part of Dell World, its annual event, held in Austin, TX this week. Also at the event, Dell released new storage and networking solutions.

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