CenturyLink becomes authorised premium supplier for SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud in Asia Pacific

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CenturyLink’s operations in Singapore and India now ready to provide the latest SAP® cloud services to help local businesses accelerate their digital transformation journeys

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced it has signed an agreement with SAP to offer premium supplier services for SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud in Asia Pacific. These services, delivered through data centers located in Singapore and India, can help organisations across the region accelerate their digital transformation journeys by combining the real-time computing power of the SAP HANA platform with CenturyLink’s global network infrastructure and in-house expertise in SAP® solutions.

Through this agreement, CenturyLink’s infrastructure and services capabilities help expand the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud offering. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is a private, secure cloud fully managed by SAP and supported by global partners, and is often used by companies that run mission-critical applications in the cloud.

The launch builds on CenturyLink’s global premium supplier partnership agreement with SAP, and successful SAP project implementations for clients in Asia Pacific. CenturyLink has deep SAP technology expertise which includes designing, implementing and managing a full spectrum of SAP solutions.

“SAP HANA enables companies to make real-time, informed decisions about their business,” said Gary Gauba, chief enterprise relationship officer and president, Advanced Solutions Group in CenturyLink’s Global IT & Managed Services business unit. “By expanding our SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service offering in Asia Pacific, we continue to help businesses move their enterprise applications to the cloud and innovate using the latest-generation applications based on SAP HANA.”

CenturyLink’s Global IT & Managed Services group provides a broad range of technology-enabled business solutions and managed services including cloud enablement, big data-as-a-service, advanced decision sciences, digital commerce, managed security application development and modernisation, quality assurance and testing, and disaster recovery services. In addition, Global IT & Managed Services offers a suite of analytical solutions built on its Model Controller platform designed to operationalise predictive models.

Following a rigorous audit and approval process, both CenturyLink’s infrastructure and practitioners have achieved premium supplier status for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. This further establishes CenturyLink as a trusted SAP technology partner, with significant experience delivering a dynamic suite of SAP solutions and services.

According to Peter Harkin, head of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud & Managed Services Sales for SAP Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ), “With the announcement of CenturyLink as a premium supplier for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, SAP further extends its capacity to provide managed private cloud services in a number of geographies across APJ. The success of and demand for the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud offering is driving these partnerships, which we anticipate will benefit our customers. Now more than ever, we believe that SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is a ‘must consider’ choice as our customers look to run their mission-critical SAP applications in the cloud while digitally transforming their businesses.”

Through this holistic approach, CenturyLink can support large-scale production workloads and provide metro-specific disaster recovery services. These characteristics are enhanced by CenturyLink’s advanced network, which enables businesses to quickly deploy their SAP application workloads to empower global workforces.

Visit http://centurylink.com/business/enterprise/managed-hosting/sap-hana.html for more information about CenturyLink’s SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud services.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

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Asia Pacific businesses are advancing on digital transformation, CenturyLink global study finds

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More than half of large APAC companies have implemented formal digital transformation strategies and are eyeing improved customer experience, greater ability to manage risk and reduced operational costs

Enterprises in Asia Pacific (APAC) are leading the way in digital transformation, according to a new global study conducted by 451 Research and CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL). Fifty-seven per cent of large companies across Asia Pacific now have a formal strategy for digital transformation and are actively digitising some of their business processes, compared with 47 per cent in Europe and 45 per cent in North America, the comprehensive study of more than 600 large enterprises across APAC found.

As the adoption of digital disrupts every industry, it is critical that large enterprises transform the way they do business to keep pace with the competition. According to the study, the three key factors driving digital transformation are desires to improve customer experience (44 per cent), manage risk (43 per cent), and reduce operational costs (41 per cent).

However, despite leading the way in embarking on digital transformation, the majority of enterprises in APAC are mindful about how long it will take to successfully complete a full transformation within the organisation. Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of respondents estimate that it will take three to six years to achieve a company-wide digital transformation, and another seven per cent estimate going beyond seven years.

This is largely due to the length of time it takes to overcome complexities that surround digital transformation, both from a business and a technological standpoint. The top three barriers to successful digital transformation identified by enterprises in APAC are:

  • potential failure to secure sensitive data – 35 per cent
  • inflexible IT systems and lack of operational agility – 32 per cent
  • inability to migrate legacy IT and business applications to the cloud – 31 per cent

“In a global business economy dominated by disruption, reinvention and escalating threats, speed to market is of the essence,” said Gery Messer, CenturyLink managing director, Asia Pacific. “While it’s encouraging to see the majority of enterprises in APAC have begun digital transformation projects, the complexity that surrounds their journeys can result in significant roadblocks. However, by simplifying the foundational steps behind digital adoption, APAC enterprises can focus their resources on innovation and customer experience, and truly lead the world in digital transformation.”

On top of long-term commitment and planning, the study identifies choosing the right partner as a critical factor for success. Fifty-five per cent of companies are using or expect a need for an IT or communications service provider partner in support of their digital transformation programs, and just under half (49 per cent) use or will use a specialist cloud service provider.

“Digital transformation programs are now being viewed as strategic, long-term initiatives that receive top-level executive backing in APAC,” said Agatha Poon, research director, APAC Services, 451 Research. “Sixty-nine per cent of businesses are actually increasing their spending levels to push through the business benefits and commercial gains they expect as digital transformation outcomes. A critical aspect of these transformation roadmaps is entrusting some of the transformational fundamentals to third-party service providers, enabling business leaders to refocus internal resources on developing new services and applications to support innovative business initiatives.”

The digital transformation survey was conducted by 451 Research in the first quarter of 2017, including interviews with 613 decision-makers across businesses with 500 or more employees in Australia, China, Hong Kong India, Japan and Singapore. The survey ran concurrently among businesses in North America (the United States and Canada) and Europe (Austria, UK, Germany and Switzerland).

The full results of the study are published today as part of the “APAC Business in Pursuit of Digital Transformation” report by 451 Research and CenturyLink.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

About 451 Research

451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and advisory company. With a core focus on technology innovation and market disruption, the company provides essential insight for leaders of the digital economy. More than 100 analysts and consultants deliver that insight via syndicated research, advisory services and live events to over 1,000 client organizations in North America, Europe and around the world. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in New York, 451 Research is a division of The 451 Group.

CenturyLink advances multi-cloud management strategy with launch of Cloud Application Manager

Century Link LogoDelivering on its promise to empower digital transformation for enterprise customers, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has launched CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager, a new orchestration platform designed to simplify deployment of enterprise workloads, managed services and third-party cloud resources. This cloud-agnostic management platform enables companies to better manage applications and workloads across hybrid hosting environments – in customer private clouds, colocation centres and public cloud environments.

In a business climate where companies need to simplify management and governance of applications across multiple cloud infrastructures without sacrificing control or visibility, Cloud Application Manager delivers flexibility that enterprises need to quickly provision, deploy and migrate workloads to the environment that best matches business requirements. This global platform also enables automated deployment of expert managed services from CenturyLink for application and infrastructure management. Cloud Application Manager includes:

  • Application lifecycle management – Customers and partners can manage applications from build phase through deployment and run-state. Once deployed, customer-defined automation policies enable customers to scale, update, and migrate applications across environments.
  • Managed services anywhere – Customers and partners can select CenturyLink Managed Services for on-demand monitoring, patching, backup and remote administration across any hybrid hosting environment.
  • Cloud optimisation – Customers and partners can leverage existing public cloud accounts, or provision new subscriptions directly through the Cloud Application Manager platform – simplifying vendor management and consolidating billing of multi-cloud deployments. Additionally, Cloud Application Manager enables customers to better manage costs and spending on the various cloud platforms while making recommendations on the ideal place to run workloads.

“Many of our customers and partners struggle with the business challenge of determining the best execution venue for their business applications,” said David Shacochis, vice president of Hybrid IT product management, CenturyLink. “We designed Cloud Application Manager to give our customers a wide variety of infrastructure options across diverse public and private cloud environments. Cloud Application Manager helps companies avoid vendor lock-in, automate application deployments, scale workloads across disparate hosting environments, and optimise their costs over time. These benefits are available in a self-service model, or one that is actively managed by CenturyLink team members.”

“CenturyLink is delivering on the cloud strategy they’ve been articulating for several years,” said Lynda Stadtmueller, vice president of cloud services, Stratecast|Frost & Sullivan. “The Cloud Application Manager platform will enable end-users to easily move into a multi-cloud environment.”

Cloud Application Manager combines new investment in the automated delivery of CenturyLink managed services with recently acquired ElasticBox technology to create a powerful service framework. Users can consume Cloud Application Manager via the cloud version (SaaS) or the data centre version (a virtual appliance that runs on-premises in their data centre). This usage-based platform allows customers to consume the value-added services they need with a consolidated bill and a simplified, yet powerful, interface.

The platform demonstrates CenturyLink’s ongoing commitment to build and invest in technologies that help customers and partners achieve their digital transformation goals. CenturyLink delivers additional value with its IT consulting and managed services expertise.

To learn more about CenturyLink’s multi-cloud management capabilities, visit www.ctl.io/cloud-application-manager.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

CenturyLink increases network connectivity options for global data centre customers

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CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has announced it has significantly increased the number of network carriers available for interconnections across its data center portfolio. CenturyLink customers now have access to 99 different carriers and network providers across the company’s 58 data centres throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. CenturyLink offers an average of seven network carrier connections at each data centre, and some facilities offer more than 20 unique providers.

The expanded connectivity options enable companies to stay better connected with their customers in today’s “data-centric” environment. CenturyLink’s growing Interconnection Ecosystem facilitates secure, reliable data centre connectivity by offering hosting and colocation customers direct, low-latency connectivity to a broad array of ecosystems beyond the walls of the data centres. Robust connectivity options provide access to ISVs, content-delivery networks, financial matching engines, carrier hotels and on-net access to more than 260 data centre facilities.

“In today’s increasingly digital world, businesses, government agencies and consumers alike face drastically increased needs for connectivity,” said David Meredith, senior vice president, global data centres, CenturyLink. “In order to meet this steep demand, organisations must take a hybrid IT approach and maximise the value of their IT assets. By accessing several different data centre carriers, CenturyLink customers are better positioned to deliver reliable and secure connections for their clients.”

“As the fast-evolving digital economy accelerates the market need for agile and secure IT infrastructure environments, organisations are leveraging colocation providers to extend their IT footprints in facilities with reliable and performance-optimised network interconnection ecosystems,” said Melanie Posey, Research Vice President at IDC. “The digital economy is geographically dispersed; therefore, IDC sees a long-term need for distributed IT environments and diverse, interconnected networks.”

The increase in carrier connections follows an announcement made earlier this year by CenturyLink about the expansion of its global data centre footprint, new facility certifications and leading-edge innovations for hosting services. Visit http://www.centurylink.com/business/enterprise/colocation/interconnection.html for more information regarding CenturyLink’s data centre network and interconnection options.

 About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

CenturyLink expands its cloud platform to Australia

Century Link LogoLaunches CenturyLink Cloud node in Sydney to continue international expansion

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has announced the availability of CenturyLink Cloud in Australia. The CenturyLink Cloud platform delivers enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security backed by an industry-leading global network.

Businesses based or operating in Australia can now turn to a single, trusted provider for public and private cloud infrastructure, managed services, colocation, network connectivity and support for advanced hybrid solutions. The Sydney cloud node joins the company’s other available cloud locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Singapore.

“Launching the CenturyLink Cloud node in Australia signals our strong commitment to this key growth market,” said Gery Messer, CenturyLink managing director, Asia Pacific. “We’re seeing increased customer demand for IT services in Australia, which is one of the most connected countries in the world. Thanks to our continued investment in Asia Pacific, many more organisations are achieving success on their hybrid IT journeys.”

Business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan predicts cloud spending in Asia Pacific will reach US$20 billion in 2018. CenturyLink’s presence in Asia-Pacific dates back to 1999. Numerous regional and multinational corporations in Australia are customers.

The Australia cloud node is one of several recent cloud advancements for CenturyLink. In early March, the CenturyLink Development Center opened in St. Louis with a focus on building cloud-based managed services that help drive increased value for businesses. In January, the company launched Relational Database (DB) Service, a MySQL-compatible database-as-a-service designed to meet application developers’ rapid software requirements and drive more agile IT.

Besides expansion, CenturyLink has long been committed to operational excellence as well – the Company received the 2015 “Company of the Year Award – The Cloud Industry, North America” from Frost & Sullivan. The award recognises CenturyLink’s hybrid IT portfolio for meeting the needs of the next generation of technical and line-of-business cloud users for highly automated, efficient, reliable and flexible IT services. CenturyLink is also the first company to pursue the Management & Operations certification by the Uptime Institute across its global data centre portfolio, with all certifications expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

For more information about CenturyLink Cloud, visit www.ctl.io.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

CenturyLink continues to invest in data centre expansion and secure Uptime Institute certifications across global footprint

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In recognition of the market’s rapidly increasing appetite for flexible hybrid IT capabilities such as colocation and cloud consumption, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the expansion of its global data centre footprint and leading-edge innovations for data centre hosting services.

In 2015, CenturyLink added 14 megawatts of critical capacity at eight data centre, and in the first half of 2016, the company plans to further increase capacity in four data centres. In the last five years, CenturyLink has completed 39 data centre expansion projects and added 11 new data centres. The company currently offers approximately 2.62 million square feet of gross raised floor space throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

David Meredith, senior vice president, global data centres, CenturyLink, said, “With global enterprises and service providers under increasing pressure to become more agile, many are utilising hybrid IT solutions to achieve key business objectives.

“We are announcing today our continuing and expanding commitment to help our customers achieve those objectives.”

Partnering with CenturyLink enables organisations to take a hybrid IT approach and deliver on the value of data centre colocation, managed hosting and cloud services, plus a top-tier network. This creates highly cost-efficient outsourced infrastructures, which free up internal resources to focus on business technology innovation.

As a leading provider of hybrid IT solutions across colocation, managed hosting, cloud, network and IT services, CenturyLink is committed to operational excellence in its data centres, and is the first company to pursue Uptime Institute’s M&O Stamp of Approval at the global portfolio level. The majority of CenturyLink’s data centres have already achieved the M&O Stamp of Approval, with the process slated to be completed by the end of 2016. In the past two months alone, three facilities in Singapore and Toronto achieved Uptime Institute M&O Stamp of Approval, and two separate facilities in Chicago and Toronto received Tier III Silver Certification of Operational Sustainability.

The Tier III certifications and M&O Stamp of Approval by Uptime Institute, an unbiased advisory organisation focused on improving the performance, efficiency and reliability of business critical infrastructure through innovation, collaboration and independent certifications, provide assurance that CenturyLink’s data centres meet industry-recognised criteria for operational excellence, risk management and reliability.

Other independent organisations have also recognised CenturyLink’s data centre innovations. The company won a TMC InfoTECH Spotlight Data Center Excellence Award in January, and last year won the Network World Asia Data Center Infrastructure Management Award.

In 2015, CenturyLink expanded in seven data centres, and opened a new hydroelectric-powered facility in Moses Lake, Washington, which supports up to 30 megawatts of power capacity.

CenturyLink has also achieved many innovations, including:

• Improved data centre density by 34 per cent over the last 2.5 years;

• Implemented new high-efficiency cooling technologies;

• Integrated wireless sensors for precise temperature and humidity monitoring;

• Retrofitted several facilities with smart-control LED lighting.

Visit http://www.centurylink.com/business/enterprise/colocation/data-centers for more information regarding CenturyLink’s data centres.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network.

Visit CenturyLink for more information.

CenturyLink receives recognition in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide

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CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has announced it has been positioned by industry analyst firm Gartner, Inc. as a visionary in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, report.

“In the fast-moving cloud market, CenturyLink continues to differentiate in hybrid IT innovation with our advanced cloud services and complementary agile infrastructure, network and managed services,” said Jared Wray, senior vice president, platforms, at CenturyLink. “The velocity of our cloud innovation continues to intensify, with our agile DevOps approach delivering new features and functionality that delight our customers.”

With the recent acquisitions of Orchestrate, Cognilytics and DataGardens, as well as global expansions of its cloud node locations and data centre footprint, CenturyLink continues to advance its managed services, cloud and colocation offerings for enterprises.

Gartner analysts Lydia Leong, Douglas Toombs and Bob Gill authored the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, report, published on May 18, 2015. Evaluation for the report was based on vendors’ completeness of vision and ability to execute.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

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CenturyLink named a leader in research report on DDoS services providers

Century Link LogoCenturyLink, Inc. has announced it has been named a leader in The Forrester Wave™: DDoS Services Providers, Q3 2015 (1). Published by Forrester Research, a leading industry analyst firm, the report evaluates nine distributed denial of service (DDoS) services providers that met the selection criteria for breadth, global presence and market relevance.

In the report, Forrester states that CenturyLink scored especially well for its attack response capabilities, as well as its capabilities to defend against very large amplification attacks. CenturyLink also received the highest score possible for geographies currently served and hybrid implementation.

According to Forrester’s report: “To be a leader in a Forrester Wave, a vendor must have a strong current offering and a strong strategy that will clearly address current and future market needs. These vendors demonstrate effective portals, good client and revenue growth, and a focus on customer service.”

CenturyLink’s DDoS Mitigation Service minimises the impact of distributed denial of service attacks by providing protection both at the network level and through a mitigation appliance – before it impacts an organisation’s infrastructure. CenturyLink’s hybrid implementations enable companies to mitigate DDoS attacks across their own networks as well as inside any CenturyLink data centre. Possible attack traffic is re-routed to one or more “cleansing centres,” allowing valid traffic to pass through without delay.

“Nearly every business today has a need for DDoS protection. DDoS attacks continue to increase in sophistication and can quickly overrun a website, disrupting business and exposing an organisation to significant risks,” said Tim Kelleher, vice president, IT security services, at CenturyLink. “CenturyLink helps businesses protect against DDoS attacks by providing always-on mitigation that protects environments whether they are accessed via CenturyLink’s network, one of CenturyLink’s data centres around the world, on customer premises or via a third-party data centre or network.”

Forrester authors Rick Holland and Ed Ferrara wrote the The Forrester Wave™: DDoS Services Providers report, which was published on July 23, 2015. CenturyLink has also been recognised recently in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Europe, and Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, reports published by Gartner, another leading analyst firm.

The Forrester Wave report can be downloaded at http://info.centurylinkforbusiness.com/ForresterWaveDDoSLeader.html.

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About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

(1)  Forrester Research; The Forrester Wave™ DDoS Services Providers, Q3 2015; Ed Ferrara and Rick Holland; July 22, 2015

Market demand drives CenturyLink global data centre expansions

Century Link LogoJuly 23, 2015 CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has announced the growth of its global data centre footprint to meet continued market demand. In the first half of 2015, CenturyLink completed data centre expansion projects in six markets: Boston, London, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The company also grew its market presence into Australia and central Washington.

The expansions add approximately 10.8 megawatts of critical capacity, bringing CenturyLink’s global data centre capacity to more than 185 megawatts. The expanded facilities are built to support up to an additional 35 megawatts to meet future market demand.

“As enterprises increasingly consolidate their on-premise and sprawling data centre infrastructures, and move workloads to the cloud, they want outsourcing options that are flexible, reliable and in specific geographic regions,” said Drew Leonard, vice president of colocation product management at CenturyLink. “Many of our customers are turning to CenturyLink as their strategic partner as they move toward hybrid IT environments to help manage their legacy and cloud workloads. This allows them to focus on objectives tied to business goals instead of worrying about IT infrastructure operations.”

Additionally, CenturyLink expanded its reach in the Asia-Pacific region to address growing customer demand by expanding the company’s public cloud platform to the Asia-Pacific market and partnering with a data centre service provider within five Australian markets.

“CenturyLink continues to invest in meeting the increasing demands of our customers, including exploring new green technologies and expansion options in new and existing data centre markets,” Leonard said. “Our customers know we are resolute in our commitment to keeping their businesses operating 24/7.”

The company also continued to execute on its green energy initiatives by offering alternative energy options to customers through a new hydro-powered facility in central Washington, incorporating Bloom fuel cell technology into the Irvine, Calif., facility, and achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the Minneapolis-St. Paul data centre expansion. CenturyLink also participates in carbon-reducing initiatives, including Climate Change Agreements (CCA) in the United Kingdom and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in the United States.

CenturyLink is committed to providing operational excellence in all of its data centres worldwide.  The company received the Network World Asia Data Centre Infrastructure Management award in 2015, and has completed and passed 12 Uptime Institute Management and Operations (M&O) audits in the past six months. All of the company’s data centres are expected to be M&O certified by the end of 2016.

CenturyLink currently offers more than 2.6 million square feet of gross raised floor space throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

CenturyLink receives recognition in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide

Century Link LogoCenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has announced it has been positioned by industry analyst firm Gartner, Inc. as a visionary in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, report.

“In the fast-moving cloud market, CenturyLink continues to differentiate in hybrid IT innovation with our advanced cloud services and complementary agile infrastructure, network and managed services,” said Jared Wray, senior vice president, platforms, at CenturyLink. “The velocity of our cloud innovation continues to intensify, with our agile DevOps approach delivering new features and functionality that delight our customers.”

With the recent acquisitions of Orchestrate, Cognilytics and DataGardens, as well as global expansions of its cloud node locations and data centre footprint, CenturyLink continues to advance its managed services, cloud and colocation offerings for enterprises.

Gartner analysts Lydia Leong, Douglas Toombs and Bob Gill authored the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, report, published on May 18, 2015. Evaluation for the report was based on vendors’ completeness of vision and ability to execute.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

 

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