CONFIRMED: Portland's AppFog acquired by CenturyLink

Any number of outlets began reporting yesterday that Portland-based AppFog had been acquired by CenturyLink. Details were slim all around. But now CenturyLink has confirmed the news with a press release.

CenturyLink, Inc. today announced it has enhanced its Savvis Cloud suite through the acquisition of AppFog, Inc., a fast-growing Platform-as-a-Service provider used by more than 100,000 developers – with hundreds joining daily – who have deployed more than 150,000 applications.

The acquisition adds AppFog’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities, which are specifically tailored to software developers, to the already-extensive Savvis Cloud product catalog. AppFog currently offers public cloud capability via http://www.appfog.com. AppFog’s reach will be extended by adding its public cloud PaaS to the savvisdirect online channel, as well as offering private, dedicated deployments to Savvis’ enterprise clients.

“AppFog leads the way in Platform-as-a-Service capabilities and continues to see strong adoption in the developer community,” said Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink’s Savvis organization. “Combining AppFog’s market-leading Platform-as-a-Service capabilities with Savvis’ industry-leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud services and CenturyLink’s global network will enable developers to securely and reliably operate and connect the applications they build and deploy.”

“We are excited to introduce the AppFog developer community to CenturyLink’s Savvis organization, which is recognized globally as an innovative cloud leader,” said Lucas Carlson, whose role prior to the acquisition was chief executive officer at AppFog and who now serves as vice president, cloud evangelist, at Savvis. “Developers can expect to see enhancements to our PaaS capabilities, and we look forward to making the full suite of AppFog services available to existing and prospective CenturyLink and Savvis clients.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. I can confirm that Portland-based MergerTech managed the deal. MergerTech has been instrumental in a number of Portland acquisitions, including Small Society, CrowdCompass, Geoloqi, Second Porch, and SweetSpot Diabetes.

Here’s what other’s are saying:

GigaOM: Breaking: Savvis to buy AppFog

Savvis is about to buy AppFog, a Platform-as-a-Service startup based in Portland, Ore., according to several sources. Savvis, a data center operator, was acquired itself two years ago by CenturyLink in a $3.2 billion bid to build a cloud and hosted managed services powerhouse.

TechCrunch: CenturyLink Acquiring AppFog To Move Into Platform-As-A-Service Market

According to a source within the company, CenturyLink is acquiring AppFog, a platform-as-a-service company. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

AppFog will become part of Savvis, a Century Link company that offers cloud infrastructure and hosted IT services. Savvis did not reply to requests for comment about the acquisition. AppFog Co-Founder and CEO Lucas Carlson would also not comment about the deal.

The Oregonian: CenturyLink buys Portland cloud computing startup AppFog

CenturyLink has acquired a Portland startup called AppFog and will integrate it into a subsidiary called Savvis, according to several sources familiar with the deal, reported earlier tonight by GigaOm.

For more information, see the press release from CenturyLink.

[Full disclosure: AppFog is an alum of PIE. I am the cofounder and general manager of PIE.]

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  2. Anyone who thinks this is a good thing should probably read about how CenturyLink, who was supposed to commit tens of millions to upgrading broadband to a lot of Oregonians as condition of the Qwest buyout – remind me, has that happened? – is begging the Oregon PUC to defer maintenance on their poles and wires for A FREAKING DECADE. But AppFog? That’s pocket change.


    Good luck… meanwhile, whether or not AppFog survives, we need real broadband competition in the Portland metro area, and we DO NOT have it at present.

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