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By | Richard Chirgwin 21st April 2015 07:02

CenturyLink boosts DaaS capital by acquiring Orchestrate

NoSQL fu for everyone, spread across the clouds

CenturyLink is playing the Victor Kiam card, liking the Orchestrate managed database service so much that it's bought the ten-person company.

The acquisition adds database-as-a-service (DaaS, as in Kapital) capabilities to CenturyLink Cloud, and brings a bunch of NoSQL specialists into its product development organisation.

Orchestrate's specialty is in offering tuned NoSQL databases for different applications, so its customers don't have to run their own instances, with an API providing access to features like full text search, geospatial, time series, graphing and key value storage.

Orchestrate came to CenturyLink's notice when it deployed its database instances to CenturyLink cloud.

CenturyLink runs a firehose gush about the acquisition here.

Product management director Richard Seroter writes: “there are so many types of NoSQL databases that developers need to keep track of, and it seems like a new one emerges every day. There are dozens of database packages in the market that didn’t even exist five years ago” (which doesn't add up: if there's one a day, how come only dozens have emerged in five years?).

Orchestrate gets around this, Seroter says, with a “multi-modal database fabric” with a single API to its capabilities.

Orchestrate will be deployed to CenturyLink data centres worldwide, he adds – which will put it in one data centre in each of the UK, Germany, one in Japan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. ®

Correction: A CenturyLink spokesperson has contacted Vulture South to note that the initial Orchestrate deployment will focus on "Eastern US, Western US, Singapore and London and not Germany, Japan, China and Hong Kong". ®

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