CenturyLink Buys Disaster Recovery Provider DataGardens

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CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has acquired DataGardens, a provider of disaster recovery services, for an undisclosed amount in an effort to grow its cloud-based and on-premise offerings, Forbes reported Monday. Ben Kepes writes CenturyLink began to incorporate DataGardens into its cloud products and services in early 2014 and the acquisition wraps up that partnership. DataGardens was established in...

Aamir Hussain Joins CenturyLink as EVP, CTO

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Aamir Hussain, a former chief technology officer and managing director at Liberty Global, has joined CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) as executive vice president and CTO. He will lead work to automate many of CenturyLink’s products, focus on customer experiences and help manage company platforms and technologies, CenturyLink said Tuesday. Hussain was based in the Netherlands in his role as managing director...

Diana Gowen Heads to Deep Water Point as Principal Consultant

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Diana Gowen Diana Gowen, formerly head of CenturyLink‘s (NYSE: CTL) public sector business, has joined business navigator firm Deep Water Point as that company seeks to expand its reach in the information technology and telecommunications spheres. The 30-year industry veteran will lead teams in support of both civilian and defense clients, Deep Water Point said Tuesday. John Johnson, former...

CenturyLink to Run Data Center Services at 2 NIH Hubs

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) a potential 10-year, $62.7 million contract to deliver network connectivity, colocation and data backup services to two NIH facilities. CenturyLink will provide managed data center services to the NIH-run National Library of Medicine and Center for Information Technology, the company said Thursday. The contract has a one-year, $3.2...

CenturyLink Board OKs 2-Year, $1B Share Buyback Plan

CenturyLink‘s (NYSE: CTL) board of directors has approved a plan to repurchase up to $1 billion of the company’s common stock over the next two years. The company intends to fund the purchases with free cash flow generated by the business and start the new initiative after completing its current share buyback initiative in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, CenturyLink said Monday. Additionally,...

CenturyLink Joins Dell Cloud Partner Network; Jeremy Ford, Suku Krishnaraj Comment

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CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has joined a Dell partner ecosystem to offer a range of cloud-based computing, storage and networking services to government and other enterprise clients. CenturyLink will deliver infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service offerings from its data centers through Dell’s cloud network program, Dell said Thursday. Suku Krishnaraj, vice president and general manager...

CenturyLink Buys Cloud Platform Provider Tier 3; Jared Wray, Jeff Von Deylen Comment

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Jared Wray CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has moved to bolster its cloud computing portfolio by acquiring Seattle area-based public cloud services provider Tier 3 for an undisclosed sum. Jared Wray, founder and chief technology officer for Tier 3, has joined CenturyLink as CTO for the company’s cloud organization and will lead the cloud development center in Seattle, CenturyLink said Tuesday. Jeff...

CenturyLink Wins Potential $750M DISA Fiber Optic Net IDIQ; Diana Gowen Comments

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Diana Gowen CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has won a potential $750 million contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency to install a fiber-optic network for connecting the Defense Department‘s supercomputers and researchers. DISA’s defense information technology contracting organization awarded the Defense Research and Engineering Network III contract as a potential 10-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity...

Jim Ousley Retiring As Savvis CEO; Glen Post Comments

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Jeff Von Deylen Jim Ousley will be retire CEO of CenturyLink‘s Savvis subsidiary on April 1 and Jeff Von Deylen will assume Ousley’s role as senior leader of CenturyLink’s data hosting segment, comprising primarily of Savvis operations. Von Deylen, who joined Savvis in 2003 as chief financial officer and board member, will report to CEO Glen Post and continue to hold the title of...

Kevin McCarter Promoted To CenturyLink Region President

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Kevin McCarter Kevin McCarter, a vice president and general manager for two CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) markets, has been promoted to president of the company’s central region. In his new role, McCarter will lead operational, financial and customer experience performance in the territory covering eight states and oversee six market-level VPs and GMs, the company said Thursday. State markets under his...