CenturyLink, a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company, has added a new Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud offering known as CenturyLink Government Cloud to its hybrid IT services portfolio.
CenturyLink Government Cloud would bring 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 would provide government agencies with the security and reliability they need to carry out their missions.
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.
Through the VMware vCloud Air Network Managed Services Provider Model, CenturyLink is using the 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.
“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.”
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.