Of the large US-based telecommunications operators, CenturyLink has been perhaps the most active when it comes to inorganically building a cloud portfolio. Today they added another strategically targeted acquisition to the list, acquiring Edmonton-based DataGardens.
CenturyLink had already been working closely with DataGardens, embedding the latter’s cloud-based disaster and recovery solutions alongside the rest of its portfolio. This deal simply brings that team and its capabilities in-house along with Savvis, AppFog, and Tier3. It also suggests that CenturyLink sees a wider application of DataGarden’s underlying technology, perhaps taking it to a larger market than the SMB it has been targeted toward so far.
Terms of the deal were not announced, and like AppFog and Tier3 before it I’m sure this deal isn’t large in revenue terms. What it represents is a further gathering of talent and technology under CenturyLink’s roof as it continues to transform itself for the cloud era. Without a wireless business to spend all its effort on like Verizon or AT&T, CenturyLink is placing its bets on cloud services.
Separately, CenturyLink has been awarded a new federal task order. They’ll be providing cybersecurity services to the Department of Homeland Security’s EINSTEIN program, adding a 1 year task order under an existing indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract. DHS uses its platform to help various federal agencies protect themselves from cyber attacks.
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