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CenturyLink and Cloudera partner on big data as a service

Steve Rogerson
January 26, 2017
CenturyLink has launched big data as a service (BDaaS) combining the Louisiana company's expertise in data and advanced analytics, network, cloud and application services with the secure Apache Hadoop-based data management and analytics platform from Cloudera.
This managed service provides data integration and analytics consulting to help deliver use cases for increasing sales, streamlining operations, improving customer engagement and gaining competitive advantage.
Many organisations lack the in-house resources, expertise and strategy needed to leverage their big data, especially as the IoT places more demands on their IT infrastructure. CenturyLink BDaaS, led by consulting from the company's team of big data experts, delivers a managed service backed by infrastructure that can handle data-intensive workloads, including surges. This enables rapid analysis of large and complex data sets.
"Forward-thinking organisations around the world are quickly becoming more agile and responsive to their customers' needs across all channels," said Gary Gauba, chief enterprise relationship officer at CenturyLink. "These enterprises are seeing significant competitive advantages by better leveraging their data, and our new managed service helps them achieve their big data objectives."
The BDaaS is enhanced by adding data and analytics consulting services supported by a deep bench of Cloudera-certified data scientists and Cloudera Hadoop administrators, developers and architects.
"Cloudera and CenturyLink's innovations with big data analytics can drive true business transformation at a time when many companies are finding it hard to harness the power of increasing volumes of data," said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer of California-based Cloudera. "Companies that break down their information silos are finding themselves better positioned to capture new market share and deliver superior customer service."
Bolstered by CenturyLink's global high-speed network connectivity, the service provides storage, processing and management components deployed on CenturyLink cloud bare metal servers. The bare metal private cloud environments, which allow users to achieve faster time to market, improved data protection and rapid public cloud scalability at a lower cost, have been certified by Cloudera as an architecture that meets its criteria for ensuring optimal performance and efficiency.
A quick start programme helps align with users' objectives and create customised services. CenturyLink offers specialised workshops that can span from one day to two weeks, based on objectives. These guided sessions are designed to determine use cases and conduct needs assessments.
Organisations can quickly deploy projects in a proof of concept, then scale into production. CenturyLink engineers offer assistance building data platforms for identified use cases including areas such as data ingest, storage and access methodologies.
"With numerous vendors offering components for big data today, a key to achieving success for customers is services and support," said James Curtis, senior analyst at 451 Research. "Providers that offer data and analytics consulting, deployment support and customised infrastructure and applications should be able to deliver enhanced strategic value for customers."
CenturyLink is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company that offers network and data systems management, big data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a US fibre network and international transport network.