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Self-service, on-demand managed services now paired with cloud utility for increased flexibility

MONROE, La., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the launch of on-demand managed services on its innovative CenturyLink Cloud platform. Businesses can now choose to consume managed services – web servers, middleware, directory services and database applications, along with operating systems – with cloud utility ease and pay-by-the hour billing.

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CenturyLink's industry-leading managed services are available on the CenturyLink Cloud platform, creating a single self-service user experience. With the new cloud-based managed services, businesses can now reap the benefits – such as increased agility and reduced management burden – of expertly managed applications and operating systems in an on-demand model.

"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."

While CenturyLink will integrate its entire portfolio of managed hosting services into the CenturyLink Cloud platform, the initial launch debuts 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.

With these new capabilities from CenturyLink, businesses can turn to a single, trusted provider for public cloud infrastructure, managed services and support for advanced hybrid networking scenarios.

These cloud-based managed services will be available starting June 30 through CenturyLink Cloud nodes in Santa Clara, California, and Sterling, Virginia, with additional managed services and global locations in Europe and Asia enabled later this year.

During the past year, CenturyLink has added 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. CenturyLink recently announced new CenturyLink Cloud pricing and its identification as a leading cloud provider.

About CenturyLink Technology Solutions
CenturyLink Technology Solutions delivers innovative managed services for global businesses on virtual, dedicated and colocation platforms. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com/technology.

About CenturyLink
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. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

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