January 20, 2017
Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) combines CenturyLink's expertise in data
and advanced analytics, network, cloud and application services with the
highly secure Apache Hadoop-based data management and analytics platform
from Cloudera. This managed service delivers data integration and
analytics consulting to help customers deliver use cases for increasing
sales, streamlining operations, improving customer engagement and
gaining competitive advantage.
Many organizations lack the in-house resources, expertise and strategy
needed to successfully leverage their big data, especially as the
Internet of Things (IoT) places more demands on their IT infrastructure.
CenturyLink BDaaS, led by specialized consulting from the company's team
of big data experts, delivers a comprehensive 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 organizations around the world are quickly becoming
more agile and responsive to their customers' needs across all
channels," said Gary Gauba, chief enterprise relationship officer and
president, Advanced Solutions Group, CenturyLink. "These enterprises are
seeing significant competitive advantages by better leveraging their
data, and our new managed service helps them achieve their big data
"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, Cloudera. "Companies that
break down their information silos are finding themselves better
positioned to capture new market share and deliver superior customer
CenturyLink BDaaS is enhanced by adding data and advanced analytics
consulting services supported by a deep bench of Cloudera-certified data
scientists and Cloudera Hadoop solution administrators, developers and
architects. The solution, bolstered by CenturyLink's global high-speed
network connectivity, provides storage, processing, and management
components deployed on CenturyLink Cloud Bare Metal servers. The bare
metal private cloud environments, which allow customers 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 rigorous criteria for ensuring optimal
performance and efficiency.
CenturyLink's BDaaS includes:
comprehensive quick start program – To help align with customers'
objectives and create customized solutions, CenturyLink offers
specialized workshops that can span anywhere from one day to two weeks,
based on customer objectives. These guided sessions are designed to
determine use cases and conduct needs assessments.
support – Organizations 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 solutions today,
a key to achieving success for customers is services and support," said
James Curtis, senior analyst, data platform & analytics at 451 Research.
"Providers that offer data and analytics consulting, deployment support
and customized infrastructure and application solutions, should be able
to deliver enhanced strategic value for customers."
As a preferred Cloudera partner, this new BDaaS solution on Cloudera
Enterprise furthers CenturyLink's commitment to its recently expanded
strategic alliance with Cloudera.