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.
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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.”
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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.” Read more ❯

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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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.
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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.”
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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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CenturyLink extends global data centre footprint into Australia

Century Link LogoApril 28, 2015CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it now offers access to its full suite of managed hybrid IT services to regional and multinational corporations in Australia with the extension of its data centre footprint into the country through an agreement with independent Data-Center-as-a-Service provider NEXTDC Limited.

CenturyLink’s comprehensive portfolio of managed hybrid IT services comprises network, managed hosting services, colocation and cloud. The company has offered network services to more than 50 regional and multinational corporations in Australia since 2002, and plans to deploy its public cloud service within the country later this year. Starting today, managed hosting and colocation services can be accessed through NEXTDC’s network of five next-generation data centers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth.

Through the agreement, CenturyLink and NEXTDC can sell into each other’s data centres. This innovative approach to outsourcing will be invaluable for Australian businesses wanting to enhance their international reach with CenturyLink’s managed hybrid IT services, and for existing global CenturyLink customers to quickly and easily gain a physical presence in Australia.
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