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CenturyLink Adds Bare Metal Servers To Cloud Offerings

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

CenturyLink, the telecommunications company, announced new features to its CenturyLink Cloud platform. The current platform runs public and private virtual machine-based services. Today's announcement adds bare metal servers and an updated AppFog.

AppFog was acquired by CenturyLink in 2013, and the company said that this release was completely rebuilt into AppFog v2. AppFog is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering based on Cloud Foundry. AppFog allows cloud native applications to be deployed in a fast, multi-region platform without the need to provision servers or databases. AppFog supports most popular runtimes and frameworks, including Ruby, Java, Node.js, Go, PHP and Python. Current pricing is $0.04 / GB of memory.

The company also announced the addition of a bare metal server hosting option. As the IT world rushes headlong into virtualization, it finds more and more cases where virtualization is either not the right fit or just adds overhead. CenturyLink's Bare Metal servers options are designed to offer the best of both worlds -- the ease and flexibility of just paying for what you use, coupled with the computing power and stability of a dedicated physical server. The company foresees this service being most useful for intensive applications that are not well suited for multi-tenant virtualized environments such as databases, analytics jobs and grid computing. Bare Metal servers are paid by the hour with three different sizes available.

In addition to the above, the company announced a beta version of a new WordPress-as-a-Service. The service is free during the beta period for existing customers. It offers a high-performance infrastructure, improved WordPress security, and integrated Git version control.

The company also announced ongoing integration and improvements to its recently-acquired Orchestrate NoSQL database.

All the above is now manageable via a single integrated dashboard.