High Performance Cloud Servers

Access and control your cloud servers through our fully integrated web-based interface or via API. Execute power operations, assign IP addresses, set up monitoring and alerts, view activity history and more.

Create on-demand high-performance cloud servers with any combination of operating system, CPU, memory and storage. Don’t be locked into generic VM sizes.

Powerful scheduling tools to automate and complete cloud server admin jobs — to individual machines or Groups — or define and apply alert policies to be notified if and when actions should be taken.

Manage cloud servers via powerful Web-based interface
On-demand cloud servers with totally customizable resource allocations
CenturyLink Cloud Control Portal has powerful scheduled tasks for cloud servers


Create alert policies and manage usage of your cloud servers

Get Notified of Usage Spikes

Create CPU, memory or storage alert policies, apply them to individual cloud servers or logical Groups. You can consume alerts in three ways — email, webhook, or through visual indicators in the Control Portal web interface.

Schedule Tasks from to Control Portal to manage your cloud servers.

Set And Forget It With Scheduled Tasks

With Scheduled Tasks, you can automate and coordinate maintenance activities, turn off developer machines over the weekend, or automatically delete or archive servers at the end of a project.

Control various Power Operations from the Control Portal for your cloud servers.

Easily Perform Power Operations

Our intuitive Control Portal allows you to access and control the status of your cloud servers via a simple power menu. Power Operations include Shut Down, Pause, Reboot, Power Off, Reboot and Maintenance.

Blueprints allow easy deployment of complex cloud environments

Blueprints for Complex Environments

Whether you need to run a simple script on a few servers, or repeatedly install Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012, or even need to perform a general availability update to your Linux environment across thousands of servers, it’s all made easy with Blueprints and included in your CenturyLink Cloud account.

Choose from two levels of backup for every cloud server.

Integrated or Custom Backup Solutions

All Standard servers include five days rolling backups, while Premium backup offers 14 days of rolling backups, with copies stored locally and at a secondary regional data center. Alternatively, you may choose to implement your own self-service volume shadow copy service.

Snapshots of cloud servers give you the flexibility to quickly revert to a set point.

Cloud Server Snapshots

Take a snapshot of any cloud server (or Group of servers) when you reach a milestone to allow a server to be quickly reverted back to a set point in time. You can even set up snapshots to be taken at scheduled intervals, as well as control retention duration, up to 10 days.

OS Patching Management via Blueprint, Package or API

Automated Patch Management

For time-savings, enhanced security and reliability, deploy Patching-as-a-Service to automatically patch your cloud servers (individually or as a Group of servers) using either a Blueprint, script package or API. Ideal for longstanding virtual machines — where you need to be able to count on them over a long period of time — and mission-critical workloads.

Secure public cloud with built-in defense in depth security.

Security and Compliance

The CenturyLink Cloud was designed to be exceptionally secure and compliant, and includes at no additional cost many features that other cloud providers charge extra for. Our platform offers built-in “defense in depth” security and an option of automated patch management, to ensure your servers remain in conformance with critical OS vendor requirements.

Convert existing cloud servers to templates for future use.

Define Your Own Baseline OS Templates

Create your own baseline OS templates for deployment of cloud servers within the Control Portal. These templates may include customization, software packages, security templates or other components.

Additional Highlights

Enterprise-Level Security

Your data on CenturyLink’s cloud platform are protected by our “defense in depth” security model, satisfying rigorous enterprise security standards without costly add-ons.

High Performance

Our cloud infrastructure is optimized across the stack for high performance — from premium hardware to custom performance enhancing technologies.

Global Footprint

Choose where your apps and data reside. Build and manage cloud servers across multiple interconnected data centers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and more.

Compliant & Audited

Our platform is SSAE 16 SOC2 Type 2 certified, and we’ve helped customers comply with industry regulations like HIPAA, PCI DSS and ISO27001.

Flexible Support Options

We deliver the level of support that’s right for you. Choose a support tier, then add service tasks and managed services as needed.

Bulk Management

Server Groups empower you to organize, administer and manage many servers as a single unit. Perform power operations, view reports, create alerts and schedule events in one place.

Disaster Recovery

Built-in disaster recovery features reinforce our highly-redundant infrastructure. Add Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service with SafeHaven for CenturyLink Cloud for maximum peace of mind.

High Availability

We include powerful built-in redundancy features that improve uptime — all included in the cost of your cloud servers. You can also augment with additional services such as shared or dedicated load balancing for maximum uptime. .


Build cloud servers to meet your specific requirements, rather than choosing from a rigid set of pre-configured options. Our servers are consumed and billed on an hourly basis — no contract required. So you can scale up or down as best makes sense for your development, testing or production requirements.

CPU Up to 16 vCPUs hourly, per vCPU
Memory Up to 128 GB RAM hourly, per GB
Storage Up to 4 TB local hourly, price per GB allocated
Orchestration Use Blueprints to build an unlimited number of deployable “templates” including cloud server specs, operating systems, software packages, and scripts. Deploy on-demand. included
Infrastructure Management Conduct routine infrastructure administrative tasks, including maintenance and bulk updates. included
Infrastructure Monitoring Comprehensive Cloud Server monitoring and reporting across memory, CPU, disk usage, and server performance. included
Account Management Track Cloud Server usage with categories that match their organizational structure. This simplifies billing across different divisions. included
Autoscale Manage and apply CPU Autoscale policies for cloud servers. Automatically scale up and down based on user-defined thresholds. included
Security “Defense in depth” security model, with safeguards at multiple levels. included
Patch Management Automatic patching of individual servers or Groups through Blueprint, script package or API. included

Optional Features

The following products are available for customers with advanced requirements. They may be added to a single cloud server or Groups of servers. Contact us for a custom quote.

Networking Supports data transfer over public Internet interfaces. Note: there is no charge for internal data center traffic. Cost on a per GB-out model
Data Backup Set custom retention policies for data stored on VMs. Cost per GB used
Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Off-site replication to a secondary data center for the 2 most recent backups. Service Level Agreements for RTO and RPO are also available. Cost per GB used & network bandwidth consumed for replication
Virtual Load Balancing Citrix Netscaler virtual load balancer. Monthly, per virtual
CDN CDN delivery services from multiple providers. Appliance instance. Different sizes are available.
IPSEC VPN Persistent point-to-point VPN tunnel. Cost per GB

Operating Systems

CenturyLink’s cloud servers are preconfigured with an ever-growing list of operating systems. You can also upload your own images of supported operating systems.

CenturyLink cloud server operating systems
operating system 64-bit
CentOS 5 CentOS 5 64 Bit
CentOS 6 CentOS 6 64 Bit
Debian 6 Debian 6 64 Bit
Debian 7 Debian 7 64 Bit
RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 RedHat 5 64 Bit
RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 RedHat 6 64 Bit
RedHat Enterprise Linux 7 RedHat 7 64 Bit
Ubuntu 12 Ubuntu 12 64 Bit
Ubuntu 14 Ubuntu 14 64 Bit
Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 64 Bit
Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 64 Bit
Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2012 64 Bit


Resource hourly monthly
Virtual CPU

2 Ghz+ Processor (up to 16 CPU)

$0.01 $7.20
Virtual RAM

1 GB (up to 128 GB)

$0.015 $10.80
Block Storage w/ Standard Backup

Persistent storage (single data center, 5 days of snapshot backup). Price per GB.

$0.00021 $0.15
Block Storage w/ Premium Backup

Persistent storage (single data center, 14 days of snapshot backup). Price per GB.

$0.0007 $0.50

Resources charged hourly, monthly estimates based on 720 hours. Does not include operating system/software licensing.

Data Center Locations

  • North America

  • US Central (Chicago)
  • US Central (Salt Lake City)
  • US East (New York)
  • US East (Sterling)
  • US West (Seattle)
  • US West (Santa Clara)
  • Canada (Toronto — Markham)
  • Canada (Toronto — Mississauga)
  • Canada (Vancouver)
  • Europe

  • Great Britain (Portsmouth)
  • Great Britain (Slough)
  • Germany (Frankfurt)
  • Asia Pacific

  • Singapore

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