CenturyLink Inc., the third-largest telecommunications company in the United States and a provider of global cloud infrastructure and hosted IT services, launched AppGrid, a private cloud service available through the savvisdirect online channel designed to help businesses better manage the application lifecycle from conception to production.

AppGrid offers instantly scalable private cloud services, available on a month-to-month, utility basis with no long-term commitment or contract, according to CenturyLink.

The service is based on the CA AppLogic cloud platform from CA Technologies. The introduction of AppGrid builds on CenturyLink's ongoing strategy to bring cloud services to a broader segment of businesses by combining the strengths of CenturyLink's network infrastructure with its Savvis unit’s expertise in the cloud.

"With most cloud-based software development efforts, developers must keep track of multiple scripting languages, hardware configurations, and application versions as they hop from one platform to the next throughout the application lifecycle," Mike Goodenough, global director of cloud field engineering for savvisdirect, said in a statement. "AppGrid changes the game by simplifying the application development and continuous integration processes into a single, private cloud appliance ecosystem that's delivered on dedicated hardware, fully accessible via public IP and secured through VPNs."

The AppGrid graphical application design editor allows businesses to quickly design, build, test and launch production environments leveraging Web servers, databases and networking appliances using a dedicated private cloud environment. Private cloud environments currently can be deployed through CenturyLink data centers in North America.

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