Two interesting releases from CenturyLink yesterday and this morning, on two different subjects: consumer access and cloud connectivity.
First, in its capacity as a local access provider, CenturyLink has agreed to accept $35M from the FCC's Connect America Fund in order to deploy broadband service to 45,000 homes in unserved rural areas. They were eligible for $90M of CAF phase 1 funding, however the company says that only this portion is economical due to restrictions on use of the funds. They have applied for a waiver for another 60,000 homes, hoping to negotiate a better deal for another slug of federal funding I guess.
And as a backbone operator, CenturyLink has partnered with Nirvanix for cloud storage. The two announced a strategic channel alliance giving CenturyLink customers access to Nirvanix's cloud storage services at higher speeds and lower bandwidth costs. Interesting that their own cloud division, Savvis, wasn't mentioned in connection to this relationship. Storage isn't one of Savvis's primary focuses, but I wonder why there wasn't tighter integration there.
For its part, Savvis won an interesting outsourcing deal with Posadas, a Mexican hotel operator. Posadis is migrating its IT to Savvis's Dallas facility, leveraging a combination of private cloud, hosting, storage, and security. Posadas had some help from Burstorm, which aids companies transitioning to a cloud-based infrastructure.
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