With its recent acquisition of Level 3 Communications, CenturyLink is around a $24 billion communications and managed-services powerhouse, with approximately 450,000 miles of fiber — and customers in more than 60 countries worldwide. However, many enterprises may still think of them as ‘just’ a telecom company. Given CenturyLink was an initial VMware Cloud Verified partner, there is clearly much more. We spoke with Michael Joffe, Senior Director of Product Management at CenturyLink, about the relevance of this VMware designation.
“Over the past decade, we’ve been making strategic acquisitions to bring together a powerful portfolio of managed services offerings. One of the most exciting recent additions to that portfolio is the CenturyLink private cloud built on top of VMware Cloud Foundation™,” says Joffe. “With our acquisition of Level 3 Communications that closed last November, we’re the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers, and now we can take that backbone and layer any infrastructure components on top, creating a bridge from on-premises to hybrid cloud for businesses of all sizes,” says Joffe.