CenturyLink Rides on Cyan's Virtualization Solution to Roll out Services Faster

By CIOReview | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: CenturyLink enters into an agreement with Cyan through which it will leverage the latter’s Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator to deliver better services – driven by virtualization – to its enterprise and small and medium business (SMB) customers.

CenturyLink by leveraging Cyan’s network functions virtualization (NFV) solution will be better positioned to cater to the varying business demands of its customers in an effective manner in the form faster time to market for new services.

The telecommunications company will bridge multiple technologies to instantiate virtual network functions (VNFs) from multiple vendors. Cyan’s virtualization solution, Blue Planet, will then add these VNFs to CenturyLink’s network enabling software-enabled services and greater service coverage to its customers.

CenturyLink has customers from various industry verticals including: Banking and finance; business services, government; education; marketing and advertisement; healthcare; retail; and more.

Cyan’s Blue Planet is a software that supports multi-vendor NFV Orchestration capabilities. Its ability to instantiate and control virtual functions and coordinate with physical and virtual network resources enables CenturyLink to define new services through a flexible template-based architecture.

The Innovation Hub
The telecommunications company wants to be at the leading edge in technology revolution, to that end it has set up an innovation center called ‘CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence’ to build innovative products and services.

The center will have a technology research and development lab, a network operations center, and collaborative office and meeting space that will be used to demonstrate its innovations to clients and customers.

"Today marks an important milestone for CenturyLink and our North Louisiana community as we open the CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence, a facility that will be a key in driving our company's future growth," said Glen F. Post, III, CenturyLink CEO and president. "As CenturyLink transitions from a traditional network communications provider to a growing, integrated provider of advanced IP-enabled network, cloud, hosting, and IT services, it will be increasingly important that we are able to attract the best talent in the world. We believe the Technology Center will help us accomplish this transition successfully."