CenturyLink has acquired a Orchestrate, a cloud-based database for rapid application development. The move potentially empowers CenturyLink with deeper NoSQL, big data analytics, cloud and Database as a Service (DBaaS) capabilities.

Even before the deal, Orchestrate's service was available via CenturyLink's cloud. Orchestrate provides managed NoSQL databases that customers leverage as an on-demand service. Moreover, Orchestrate's API provides full-text search, time series, graph and key-value storage, and other capabilities.

Orchestrate CEO Antony Falco, CTO Ian Plosker and VP of Engineering Dave Smith, among others, are joining CenturyLink as part of the deal.

“CenturyLink’s customers, like most enterprises, are expressing interest in solutions that help them meet the performance, scalability and agile development needs of large-scale big data analytics,” said Glen F. Post, III, CEO and president of CenturyLink, in a prepared statement. “The Orchestrate database service’s ease of use and ability to support multiple database technologies have emerged as key differentiators that we are eager to offer our customers through the CenturyLink Cloud platform.”

The Bigger Data Picture

CenturyLink has made multiple moves in recent months to more effectively address big data, analytics, cloud and Internet of Things opportunities. Chief Science Officer Manav Misra described CenturyLink's big data strategy to Information Management in March 2015.

In addition to making acquisitions, CenturyLink is in hiring mode. The company plans to hire roughly 30 more data science experts over the next few months.

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