Addition of fast-growing Platform-as-a-Service capabilities supports developer community
MONROE, La., June 14, 2013 – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL, news, filings) today announced it has enhanced its Savvis Cloud suite through the acquisition of AppFog, Inc., a fast-growing Platform-as-a-Service provider used by more than 100,000 developers – with hundreds joining daily – who have deployed more than 150,000 applications.
The acquisition adds AppFog’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities, which are specifically tailored to software developers, to the already-extensive Savvis Cloud product catalog. AppFog currently offers public cloud capability via www.appfog.com. AppFog’s reach will be extended by adding its public cloud PaaS to the savvisdirect online channel, as well as offering private, dedicated deployments to Savvis’ enterprise clients.
“AppFog leads the way in Platform-as-a-Service capabilities and continues to see strong adoption in the developer community,” said Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink’s Savvis organization. “Combining AppFog’s market-leading Platform-as-a-Service capabilities with Savvis’ industry-leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud services and CenturyLink’s global network will enable developers to securely and reliably operate and connect the applications they build and deploy.”
CenturyLink acquired the Portland, Ore.-based AppFog for an undisclosed price. Offering multiple programming languages and interoperability between public and private cloud environments, AppFog delivers a reliable, scalable and fast platform for deploying apps in the cloud.
“We are excited to introduce the AppFog developer community to CenturyLink’s Savvis organization, which is recognized globally as an innovative cloud leader,” said Lucas Carlson, whose role prior to the acquisition was chief executive officer at AppFog and who now serves as vice president, cloud evangelist, at Savvis. “Developers can expect to see enhancements to our PaaS capabilities, and we look forward to making the full suite of AppFog services available to existing and prospective CenturyLink and Savvis clients.”
For more information, visit www.appfog.com/savvis.
Savvis, a CenturyLink company, provides industry-leading IT infrastructure solutions that keep enterprises powered for business in today’s ever-changing global marketplace. Combining deep, proven experience with personal commitment, Savvis delivers cloud, colocation and managed-hosting services over advanced networks, enabling its clients to focus on their core environments and meet new market opportunities.
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations.
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