Looking to diversify, the local phone company acquired the 10-person startup.
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Looking to diversify, CenturyLink acquired 10-person Portland startup.
The exact details of the purchase of Orchestrate were not immediately known, OregonLive.com reports.
Orchestrate’s tools standardize searches for online information so software developers don’t need to build their own databases. The company says that helps developers build online applications, and helps those applications run faster. CenturyLink and Orchestrate were already working together: Last month, Orchestrate announced its tools are available within CenturyLink’s cloud computing platform.
This is CenturyLink’s second deal for a Portland startup; two years ago it bought Portland cloud computing company AppFog. Former AppFog chief executive Lucas Carlson remains with CenturyLink as its Portland-based chief innovation officer. Orchestrate CEO Antony Falco and chief executive Ian Plosker, the company’s co-founders, are both joining CenturyLink in conjunction with the deal. Engineering vice president Dave Smith will join the company, too.
Glen Post, III, CEO and president of CenturyLink in a written statement: “CenturyLink’s customers, like most enterprises, are expressing interest in solutions that help them meet the performance, scalability and agile development needs of large-scale big data analytics. The Orchestrate database service’s ease of use and ability to support multiple database technologies have emerged as key differentiators that we are eager to offer our customers through the CenturyLink Cloud platform.”
In a blog post announcing the acquisition, Orchestrate co-founder and CEO Antony Falco said the two companies have been in contact for a while but began exploring deepening the relationship and what it would mean.
“It means we can now offer users much simpler access to a broad range of cloud-related services. It means access to a massive network footprint (we are already in four new CenturyLink data centers, including Singapore, tripling our overall footprint). It also means joining a company made up of people we look forward to working with to achieve great things,” he wrote.
Orchestrate concluded a seed round in 2013 with $3 million raised.