CenturyLink expands data centers in six markets

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) reported last week that it has completed data center expansion projects in Boston, London, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The Tier 1 carrier also added Australia and central Washington State to its data center service footprint during the same timeframe.

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) reported last week that it has completed data center expansion projects in Boston, London, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The Tier 1 carrier also added Australia and central Washington State to its data center service footprint during the same timeframe.

The company says it added approximately 10.8 MW of capacity via the facility expansions, which brought CenturyLink's global data center capacity to more than 185 MW. The facility expansions left room for an additional 35 MW of capacity in the future.

In Australia, CenturyLink partnered with data center service provider NEXTDC Ltd. to enter five markets in that country: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, and Perth. CenturyLink initially announced the deal with NEXTDC this past April (see "CenturyLink IT managed services now available in Australia"). The move into Australia complements CenturyLink's launch of its public cloud platform in Singapore and the expansion of its managed hosting services into China.

The central Washington expansion saw the company build a new data center that leverages hydroelectric power (see "CenturyLink goes hydro-electric for Washington data center").

CenturyLink currently offers more than 2.6 million square feet of gross raised floor space throughout North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. It expects all of its data centers to be M&O certified by the end of 2016.

"As enterprises increasingly consolidate their on-premise and sprawling data center 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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