CenturyLink is the only North America network services provider to achieve GCP partnership status.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

May 7, 2019

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CenturyLink is expanding its partnership with Google Cloud, allowing the former to combine a public cloud platform with its IT consulting, sales and technical services.

By joining the Google Cloud Partner Program, CenturyLink will provide implementation, sales and technical support to enterprises as they innovate with cloud solutions. The company last June announced it could connect customers to Google Cloud globally through Google Cloud Partner Interconnect.

In addition, CenturyLink‘s global broadcast fiber network, Vyvx Cloud Connect, provides access to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) by offering multisite connectivity paths into the platform for video feeds.

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CenturyLink’s Mahesh Dalvi

Mahesh Dalvi, CenturyLink’s vice president of global IT solutions and managed services, tells Channel Partners his company is the only North American network services provider to achieve GCP partnership status and “build a center of excellence (CoE) model to assist our clients in their Google cloud journey leveraging our networking, content, consulting, migration, SAP, data analytics and technology support services.”

“We believe our partners will see benefits from this in the future,” he said. “One way this can happen is because Google Cloud is getting traction in various verticals and they are focused on building industry solutions which will become available for CenturyLink through our expanded partnership.”

CenturyLink Cloud Connect Solutions for Google Cloud provides organizations with enterprise-grade, dedicated connectivity so they can move both private and public workloads from offices and data centers on their wide-area networks (WAN) to GCP in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Cloud Connect can deliver real-time connections between data centers and a variety of cloud services that enable organizations to scale on demand.

“Our work with CenturyLink is a prime example of our fast-growing cloud ecosystem and Google Cloud’s commitment to support the technology needs of enterprises today,” said Carolee Gearhart, Google Cloud’s vice president of worldwide channel sales. “We look forward to continuing to expand our partnership with CenturyLink, which brings a wealth of expertise in SAP consulting, big data analytics and secure private networking to public and hybrid cloud workloads.”

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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