Can CenturyLink take on cloud’s big three?

The much publicised race to the bottom in cloud pricing started with Google, Microsoft and Amazon all slashing their prices for virtual machines, storage and bandwidth. In some instances, these prices reductions saved consumers between 40% and 60% on their cloud bills.

Cloud provider CenturyLink looks to become competitive with these cloud services by following suit by instituting big pricing cuts all across the board on their cloud services. CenturyLink announced their cloud pricing cuts on their blog which notes that a virtual server at CenturyLink will cost nearly 60% less than it previously did.

CenturyLink has several strategic advantages for public cloud hosting versus services such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft. CenturyLink has 56 datacenters located all across the globe. Not all of these are cloud datacenters but the flexibility that CenturyLink can provide to corporate clients gives CenturyLink an advantage that the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft …