ST. LOUIS, Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Savvis, a CenturyLink company and global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions, today announced that it has completed its annual Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 and International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3402 combined examination.

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The 2011 SSAE 16 report was compiled by the accounting firm BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc. (formerly SAS70 Solutions). The certification validates Savvis' commitment to operational excellence and client satisfaction. The SSAE 16 Type II SOC 1 report covers the period from Oct. 1, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2011. A Type II examination means that an independent service auditor has formally evaluated and issued an opinion on the description of selected Savvis systems and the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of applicable controls.

"Completing the SSAE 16 requirements reflects our commitment to our clients and international security and control standards," said Jeff Von Deylen, senior vice president, global operations and client services for Savvis. "This reinforces to our clients that we have the highest standards of processes, controls and procedures in place and can safely manage their IT needs."

SSAE 16, which supersedes the SAS 70 audit standard, is designated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an acceptable method for management to obtain assertions about service organization internal controls without conducting separate assessments. SSAE 16 is based on the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board's (IAASB) International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3402, Assurance Reports on Controls at a Service Organization. Savvis, through its third-party CPA firm BrightLine, issued a combined report to cover both domestic and international operations and clients.

The SOC 1 examination assesses controls at service organizations that are relevant to user entities' internal controls over their financial reporting. The SSAEs (commonly called attest standards) enable Savvis to report on subject matter other than financial statements such as controls related to managed security services, change management, service delivery, support services, environmental services, logical and physical security, managed hosting (excluding Savvis Symphony VPDC) services and managed storage and backup services.

About Savvis

Savvis, a CenturyLink company, is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises. Nearly 2,500 unique clients, including more than 30 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, use Savvis to reduce capital expense, improve service levels and harness the latest advances in cloud computing.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice, wireless and managed services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink™ Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to enterprise, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink's customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country's largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations.

For more information, visit www.savvis.com or www.centurylink.com.

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