CenturyLink is proud to have been positioned as a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting, Europe. We consider our position in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report as validation of how we’ve been helping businesses of all sizes to achieve their Digital Transformation goals, across public, private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
For the fifth consecutive year, Gartner has positioned CenturyLink as a “Leader” in their Magic Quadrant for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting, Europe based on an evaluation of our “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision”. This is a very meaningful accolade to us, and one we’re obviously exceptionally proud of, but what does being positioned as a Leader in this report actually mean?
According to Gartner, "Leaders have proved they have staying power in this market, can frequently innovate on their existing products and can be relied on for enterprise-class needs. They have proved their technical competence and ability to deliver services to a wide range of customers. They address multiple use cases with stand-alone or integrated solutions. They also have a presence in multiple European locations to offer solutions around data sovereignty requirements."
CenturyLink has been around since the 1930s, when we were founded as a regional telephone company in the US. Since then we've expanded all around the world, and have been operating in the EMEA region since 2002, so our staying power is hard to deny. Innovation is something that we believe we excel at too - having moved from providing rural telephone connections in the US to a global operator of public, private and hybrid clouds, supporting enterprises around the world on their digital transformation journey.
Here at CenturyLink, we believe our experience in designing and delivering solutions across multiple technology platforms is particularly key in this day and age where there is so much complexity in the cloud market. With an enormous variety of services available across multiple providers, and such a huge skills gap in the market, many organisations find it difficult to ascertain which cloud service to use for their particular use case. And once you've selected what you believe to be the right cloud service, how do you manage this, and what if you decide to use more than one cloud?
One of the innovations that CenturyLink has recently released is a tool called Cloud Application Manager. This provides a single pane of glass through which businesses can manage their workloads across public, private and hybrid clouds from many vendors. It includes cost optimisation, allowing businesses to set spend thresholds, control which users can create new cloud resources, and also gives the ability to automate deployments across multiple clouds.
Cloud Application Manager can be combined with a consulting engagement in which we help businesses to identify the best execution venue for their business-critical applications and systems. This takes into account everything from regulatory compliance, to the age of the applications, to the demand levels they see in normal and not-so-normal use. Data sovereignty and residency is another of the variables that we look at during this consultancy process. Together, Cloud Application Manager and our consulting services can remove some of the guesswork when transitioning to the cloud, and help businesses to ensure their data is stored in the right place to match their security requirements
With data centres in the UK and Germany, a variety of deployment platforms and partnerships with Amazon, Microsoft and VMware, CenturyLink are able to support enterprises as they plan and execute their digital transformation strategy, no matter where it takes them.