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 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.

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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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.

“We are eager to offer our managed hybrid IT services and consistent IT experience to multinational corporations in Australia, one of the most connected countries in the world,” said Gery Messer, managing director, Asia Pacific, at CenturyLink. “The extension of CenturyLink’s data centre footprint into Australia signifies our commitment to serve growing customer demand for IT services in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Craig Scroggie, chief executive officer of NEXTDC, commented, “NEXTDC’s agreement with CenturyLink continues the trend of the world’s top IT providers utilising NEXTDC’s national data centre network to provide services. CenturyLink is an important new member of our ecosystem of carriers, cloud and IT service providers, and its presence will essentially open up a world of new possibilities for Australian organisations on their journey to a hybrid cloud model.”

The availability of CenturyLink’s global managed hosting services in Australia continues the company’s recent momentum in Asia Pacific, including the recent launch of its public cloud platform in Singapore, the expansion of its managed hosting services into China and the availability of its Private Cloud service in all 58 of its global data centres. The company also earned industry analyst recognition for its Asia-Pacific cloud-enabled managed hosting capabilities, and received a Brill Award from the Uptime Institute for Asia-Pacific data centres facilities management.

Rated by Deloitte in its APAC Tech Fast500 as Asia Pacific’s fastest-growing telecommunications company, NEXTDC’s quality-first design philosophy saw the company win a 2015 Uptime Institute Brill Award for Efficient IT in the Product Solutions category for the APAC region, and NEXTDC’s Sydney data centre achieve the inaugural 2014 DatacenterDynamics APAC Award for Innovation in the Mega-Data Center.

“Our recent surveys have shown that many enterprises would like to reduce the number of IT services providers they work with, so we believe there will be strong demand by enterprise customers to be connected globally in Australia under a single contract,” said Stefanie Williams, analyst at 451 Research.

“CenturyLink continues to invest in expanding the reach of our global data centre footprint into key markets like Australia,” said David Meredith, senior vice president, CenturyLink.

“CenturyLink makes it easy for multinational corporations to host with us in key markets all over the world, adhering to high standards for operational excellence across all of our services and locations.”

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About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognised as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fibre optic network and multiple data centres for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. 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.centurylink.com.

About NEXTDC
NEXTDC is an ASX300-listed technology company enabling business transformation though innovative data centre outsourcing solutions, connectivity services and infrastructure management software. NEXTDC is a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation services across Australia, facilitating hybrid cloud deployments by offering direct connections to their partner community: Australia’s largest independent network of carriers, cloud and IT service providers.
NEXTDC is where the cloud livesTM. To learn more, visit www.nextdc.com.