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CenturyLink Becomes AWS Managed Service Provider Partner

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CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL - Free Report) recently announced that it has been designated as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner. AWS is a subsidiary of, Inc. (AMZN - Free Report) , providing on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments. The recognition reflects CenturyLink's focus on building robust services on AWS to deliver digital transformation to organizations.

The communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company’s Cloud Application Manager allows customers to seamlessly arrange the delivery of infrastructure, applications and services across multiple clouds. It streamlines multi-cloud management to provide organizations with better flexibility and control for their application workloads. The AWS MSP certification reinstates that the company’s approach adheres to the latest generation of cloud-native operations.

CenturyLink met AWS Managed Service Provider Program requirements, validated by a third-party auditor to obtain the AWS MSP Partner title. The program has been developed to help AWS customers identify reliable AWS Partner Network (APN) members who could help them migrate and optimize AWS workloads. It aligns customers with a set of validated next-generation APN Partners who can deliver the full cloud experience.

CenturyLink provides cloud services and cloud management portfolio allowing customers to have low-latency access to virtually endless AWS resources. The company also provides secure network connectivity choices. The CenturyLink Cloud Connect Solutions portfolio has been designed to deliver high-performance and enterprise-grade networking connections to AWS along with extensive layer 1, 2 and 3 dynamic connectivity options to allow a low-latency and highly responsive experience for hybrid-cloud applications.

CenturyLink is an APN Advanced Consulting Partner, and for the past four years it has been the AWS Networking Sponsor for AWS. The company provides network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates data centers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Over the past three months, shares of CenturyLink have gained 21.1% compared with 8% growth for the industry.     

CenturyLink currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Better-ranked stocks in the industry include AT&T Inc. (T - Free Report) and Windstream Holdings, Inc. (WIN - Free Report) , both carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.              

AT&T has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 3.6%. It surpassed earnings estimates twice in the trailing four quarters with an average positive surprise of 5.9%.     

Windstream surpassed earnings estimates twice in the trailing four quarters with an average positive surprise of 23.5%.     

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