CenturyLink has acquired Orchestrate, a developer of a managed database service, in order to extend its cloud offerings with a database-as-a-service offering.
Announced today, the move means that CenturyLink gains ownership of Orchestrate's NoSQL database platform, and gets to add the firm's experienced data services team to its own product development and technology organisation.
Orchestrate's platform already had limited availability on Amazon's AWS, but was also available as a managed service that could be deployed in a variety of infrastructure environments.
However, it seems that CenturyLink was so impressed when Orchestrate tested the platform on CenturyLink's cloud last year that it decided to bring the company into the fold.
"There are dozens of database packages in the market that didn't even exist five years ago. Each one has important trade-offs. Is it easy to use? How does it scale? What does it take to get resilience?" said Richard Seroter, CenturyLink's director of product management, writing on the firm's blog.
"Developers are faced with the choice of weaving together multiple technologies in order to get the back-end services they need, or settling on a single-purpose platform that meets some of their requirements."
Seroter explained that Orchestrate offered a more complete solution, creating a multi-modal managed database fabric that gives developers a single application programming interface for key-value, geospatial, graph and time series data.
"We marvelled at how easy it was to integrate with Orchestrate when we added them to our Cloud Marketplace earlier this year," he added.
CenturyLink is deploying the Orchestrate service from four CenturyLink data centres around the world with immediate effect, and expects to roll it out to more in future.
However, Seroter pledged that the firm will continue to keep it available from AWS "because that's important to many existing Orchestrate customers".
CenturyLink acquired hosting and service providers Savvis and Tier 3 last year, and declared its intention to compete aggressively in the cloud market having made cuts in the price of its services.
The firm also introduced hosted private cloud services for enterprise customers concerned about the security of the public cloud.
Cloud rival Rackspace made similar moves last year, acquiring ObjectRocket and bringing its technology to market as a cloud-based NoSQL database service.
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