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Data Center Design Best Practices Technical Brief

Written for Data Center Managers interested in optimal data center design to save time and money, the Data Center Selection and Design Best Practices technical brief outlines the top 5 design best practices honed by years of experience from a leading data center services provider. Creating and maintaining data centers is a complex exercise that balances power, cooling, space, cost, and planning for the future. Explore the best practices to use when designing a data center or selecting a colo provider.
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Six Important Considerations when Choosing a Colocation Provider White Paper

Choosing a colocation provider can be tough. There are so many new business requirements that necessitate a move into a colo solution that administrators are often left with more questions than answers. The choice of your colo services provider will impact your ability to achieve your business goals. Make sure you are asking the right questions by downloading the "Six Important Considerations When Choosing a Colocation Provider".
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Structure Research On-Demand Webinar: 5 Ways to Future-Proof Your Data Center

Future-proofing your data center is an ongoing process—often by the time you finish updating technology to accommodate current needs, it’s already outdated. How do you keep up? In the webinar "Data Center Trends for 2020 and Beyond"; Michael Levy from CenturyLink, and Jabez Tan from Structure Research examine the future of the data center and share 5 predictions on how it will evolve over the next five years and beyond so you can be prepared for the changes ahead. View the webinar now.
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Build vs Buy tool

How Much Capital Can You Save? The decision to build or buy your next data center is complex - involving a variety of inputs from construction, lease, and labor costs, to forecasting future needs. That's no easy task for IT heads of infrastructure, which is why this simple tool was developed. Create a personalized cost savings analysis and see the potential savings you can achieve when you choose to manage your business, not your data center. Calculate now.
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What Would CIOs do to Redefine IT?

Have you ever wondered what CIOs would do if they could start their IT departments from scratch? CenturyLink posed that very question to a group of IT leaders at a CIO roundtable it sponsored in the UK. The answers varied and were often surprising. However, unlike past CIOs, their answers were not about building infrastructure and the ownership of the underlying IT assets. Discover the top 5 priorities these leaders say are key in today’s business environment. Read this engaging whitepaper to get a glimpse of what these strategic IT and business leaders would do. It offers insights that will help you redefine your IT strategy and deliver the technology leadership your business demands.
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Move IT from the Back Room to the Boardroom

Business Strategy, more than ever, depends on the execution and delivery of smart technology enabled services. IT management is being challenged to align their capabilities to that strategy and lead the technology charge. Often however, there exists a gap between the capabilities IT departments possess and the demands of the business. These gaps generally fall into 3 categories: lack of qualified staff, lack of essential tools, and lack of necessary skills. This informative interactive eBook will help you understand the gaps that are holding your IT department back and provide insights into how best to address them. Only by quickly aligning its capabilities to the needs of the business will IT deliver the technology leadership the business and markets demand.
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IDC Webinar: “Bridging the Gap”

5 Predictions to Future-Proof Your Data Centre. Future-proofing your data centre is an ongoing process—often by the time you finish updating technology to accommodate current needs, it’s already outdated. How do you keep up?

In this webinar, Michael Levy, CenturyLink, and Jabez Tan from Structure Research examine the future of the data center and share CenturyLink's predictions on how it will evolve over the next five years and beyond.

Find out what trends - such as Internet of Things (IoT), exploding data generation, Big Data analytics and others - could mean for your business, and what you can do to prepare.

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Optimizing for Innovation: How Hybrid IT Outsourcing Shifts IT Focus to Innovation

Download the CenturyLink executive brief "Optimizing for Innovation: How Hybrid IT Outsourcing Shifts IT Focus to Innovation” and explore how cost efficiencies can be achieved via the different elements of a Hybrid IT infrastructure outsource approach, allowing IT groups to apply more of the IT budget to innovation.

Learn how even a small percentage reduction in IT infrastructure costs can dramatically increase the funding available for innovating new applications or other initiatives critical to business success.

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It’s a simple question: How much is it going to cost to move an application to the cloud? But the answer is not simple, and many businesses suffer costly surprises when they make the move.

This paper shows you how to calculate the total cost of migrating applications to the cloud, including obvious hardware costs as well as the human costs of managing apps in the cloud.

Have you factored in these costs?

• Training related to new skills, tools, and processes

• Server CPU, memory, storage, and monitoring

• VPN and direct connect fees

• Need for additional cloud administrators

• Cost of moving data to the cloud

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2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Europe

The "2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Europe" is available now and there are some important insights that will inform your strategy for bringing cloud like consumption and provisioning attributes to the traditional managed hosting market.

Read the full report for an in-depth analysis of the European market for cloud-enabled managed hosting and the vendors to watch out for.

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CloudHarmony CenturyLink Hyperscale Testing Report

The independent testing results are in, and CenturyLink Cloud’s Hyperscale cloud compute instances are the ones to beat for key performance measures and total cost of ownership. With the launch of our new Hyperscale server instances, we approached an independent analytics company, CloudHarmony, and asked them to conduct an extended performance test that compared CenturyLink Cloud Hyperscale servers to the best of breed equivalent servers offered by AWS & Rackspace. CloudHarmony is a well-respected shop that collects data from dozens of benchmarks & shares the results publicly for anyone to dissect.

After running a variety of benchmarks over a long period of time (to ensure that the test gave an accurate look over an extended window), they shared their findings with the world.

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Build or Buy TCO Online Tool: Colocation

When deciding whether to build or buy infrastructure, the choice is simple when the potential savings are substantial. Compare your potential 10-year costs using CenturyLink’s TCO Comparison Tool – and decide with confidence.

Calculate your data center TCO now – and see how you can:

• Reduce upfront costs

• Increase efficiency of IT staff

• Scale power, bandwidth and space on-demand

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Centurylink Races Ahead of Competiton with Hybrid Solution

Off-the-shelf IT solutions aren’t a good fit for every company. They can’t deliver flexibility, agility and customization companies require. (Not to mention, they can rack up considerable costs!) That’s why Cancer Research UK turned to CenturyLink Technology Solutions when it needed an affordable, hybrid cloud solution to bring its new Race for Life website to market.

“With CenturyLink’s help, we managed to create a dedicated hybrid cloud, bundling the Race for Life project with other managed services for 50% less than the majority of other service providers were offering for the Race for Life website hosting alone,” says Mick Briggs, Head of Infrastructure at Cancer Research UK.

Read “CenturyLink races ahead of competition with hybrid solution for Cancer Research UK” now, and see how hybrid IT solutions can speed you forward and increase efficiencies.

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Hybrid IT: The Best of All Worlds

Download “Best of All Worlds” now and fast-forward your business’ agility with a hybrid IT solution.

In “Hybrid IT: Best of All Worlds,” you’ll learn why this situation is leading many IT decision-makers to re-evaluate and re-imagine their core infrastructure. And, as a result, they’re outsourcing a growing proportion of it, utilizing a hybrid array of different approaches – such as data center colocation, managed services and cloud solutions. This allows decision-makers to focus more of their resources on delivering business applications – not managing the day-to-day operations of data centers.

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Focus on Core Businesses and Innovations

A strong technology partner can help companies put focus back on their core business. Scrivantage, a software company, needed just this type of partner, so they could focus on enabling financial institutions to improve operational efficiency with their full suite of powerful applications.

To effectively serve the financial services industry, Scrivantage has to be up and running 24/7 and meet a rigorous set of requirements. Their need for scalable IT infrastructure that is always secure, reliable and available is imperative to meeting their customer’s demands.

Read “Scrivantage Experiences Rapid Growth and Speeds Time to Market with CenturyLink” now, and learn how Scrivantage partnered with CenturyLink to attract new clients and promote growth.

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