CenturyLink launches government cloud product

FedRAMP-certified product available on GSA Networx contract

Feb 16, 2016, 09:00 ET from CenturyLink, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently added a new Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering known as CenturyLink Government Cloud to its hybrid IT services portfolio. The cloud service is now available to federal government agencies via CenturyLink's General Services Administration (GSA) Networx contract and is planned to be available on other GSA contracts.

CenturyLink Government Cloud brings together the best of public, private and hybrid cloud offerings, enabling agencies to seamlessly migrate and extend their data center workloads to the cloud while complying with federal security standards. By supplying cloud, colocation and managed hosting services over its carrier-class network, CenturyLink provides government agencies with the security and reliability they need to carry out their missions.  

Through the VMware vCloud Air Network Managed Services Provider Model, CenturyLink is using the award-winning VMware vCloud® Government Services™.  This IaaS product is accredited under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), which means it meets the government's rigorous security standards.

FedRAMP is a government-wide risk management framework that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Managed by GSA, the program was designed to provide a cost-effective, risk-based approach for the federal government's adoption and use of cloud-based services.

As the blend of IT services changes in response to shifting priorities, agencies need a full range of reliable and secure IT services, including FedRAMP-certified solutions that meet strict data security, cloud security and risk management standards.

"CenturyLink's collaboration with VMware enables us to help government agencies move their IT services to the cloud via innovative infrastructure services that are built on a secure, FedRAMP-approved platform," said CenturyLink Senior Vice President and General Manager Tim Meehan, who leads the company's federal government team. "CenturyLink Government Cloud combines the power of the VMware cloud with our carrier-class network and secure data centers, positioning us as a leading provider of hybrid IT solutions to the government."

"CenturyLink is proud to offer agencies an innovative cloud infrastructure service that complies with the government's strict security requirements as well as our own," said Dave Mahon, CenturyLink's chief security officer. "We invest heavily in robust cybersecurity protections across our extensive network and data center footprint."

CenturyLink is ranked No. 37 on Washington Technology's 2015 Top 100 list of federal government IT contractors.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

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