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CenturyLink is now offering cloud-based, on-demand managed services to businesses.

With the CenturyLink Cloud platform, businesses can tap into managed services — including web servers, middleware, directory services and database applications, along with operating systems — with pay-by-the hour billing.

CenturyLink said it would integrate its entire portfolio of managed hosting services into the cloud platform, but for now it supports eight services: Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux managed operating systems, as well as managed applications Active Directory, Apache HTTP Server, Apache Tomcat, Microsoft Internet Information Services, Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL.

The services will be available on June 30 via CenturyLink Cloud nodes in Santa Clara, Calif. and Sterling, Virginia, with additional managed services and global locations in Europe and Asia coming on board later this year.

"CenturyLink continues to change the game in cloud. One-click access to managed services delivers our expert management resources in a new way, providing customers with extraordinary flexibility," said Jared Wray, chief technology officer, CenturyLink Cloud. "As cloud adoption evolves and enterprises pursue new and easier ways to manage their IT infrastructure, the time is right in the industry for an optimized experience that brings cloud together with expert managed services."

Over the past year, CenturyLink has boosted to its managed hosting and colocation business with new cloud capabilities through the acquisitions of AppFog and Tier 3, merging them with Savvis and forming the CenturyLink Technology Solutions business unit. 

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