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FCC Awards CenturyLink a Contract that Could Earn Close to $1.1M

By Laura Stotler

CenturyLink has won a cloud data center and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) contract from the FCC that has the potential to earn the company nearly $1.1 million over the next three years. The company’s Savvis Federal Systems Inc. was awarded the contract to provide managed, scalable public cloud hosting services to the federal entity.

CenturyLink will be serving the FCC’s public website domains, including www.fcc.gov and myfcc.gov. The managed service provider (MSP) will be migrating the FCC’s existing website infrastructure to a CenturyLink cloud data center as well as providing a variety of IaaS solutions.

The service provider is no stranger to working with the federal government and was awarded a 10-year contract by the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) III, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. The contract, potentially worth up to $750 million, has CenturyLink providing a high-speed, fiber-optic network to connect the department’s supercomputers and researchers.

CenturyLink has been making a push to work with federal, state and local governments, and in June the company partnered with Blue Ridge Networks, Inc. to further penetrate that market. The company is now authorized to sell Blue Ridge cybersecurity services and solutions, including secure remote access and malware protection.

Savvis also underwent a major expansion of its cloud data centers and infrastructure earlier this year with new facilities in Hong Kong and London and expansion of 10 centers throughout the world. The move boosted the MSP’s total data center space to more than 2.4 million feet and a worldwide presence of more than 50 data centers.

"CenturyLink is eager to leverage its extensive cloud hosting product portfolio to support the FCC's many missions, including the commission's efforts to encourage new technologies to flourish," said Diana Gowen, public sector senior vice president and general manager for CenturyLink. "We look forward to adding our secure cloud hosting solutions to the WAN and MTIPS solutions we already provide to the FCC."

The company was awarded two task orders for the FCC last year, providing private WAN services as well as Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS). Those orders have the potential to earn close to $10 million over a five-year period.




Edited by Alisen Downey

MSPToday Contributing Editor

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