CenturyLink expands global data center presence in eight markets

Increased demand fuels plans for more than 180,000 square feet of additional 
space, new data centers in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Toronto 
MONROE, La., March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today 
announced further investment in its hosting capabilities with plans to expand 
its global data center presence in eight markets during 2014. 
The opening of three new data centers in North America, paired with expansions 
to five existing CenturyLink data centers, responds to global demand for 
secure cloud, colocation and managed services, particularly in regions with a 
strong CenturyLink network presence. These plans follow recent news that the 
company will also invest in expanding its CenturyLink Cloud network of public 
cloud data centers. 
"CenturyLink is committed to investing in world-class infrastructure to meet 
growing demand for access to comprehensive and secure technology solutions 
that power business transformation," said Jeff Von Deylen, president, 
CenturyLink Technology Solutions. "By adding capacity in these key locations, 
we position ourselves firmly for delivering the advanced network, hosting and 
IT services that organizations depend on to compete in the global economy." 
The new builds and expansions will offer more than 180,000 square feet of 
additional space to CenturyLink's global presence: 

        --  Phoenix
            (new data center sites,
            in partnership with IO, opened in January 2014)
        --  Weehawken, N.J. (expansion completed in March 2014)
        --  Minneapolis
            (new data center site
            opening in May 2014)
        --  Sterling, Va. (expansion completing in May 2014)
        --  Irvine, Calif. (expansion completing in June 2014)
        --  Toronto
            (new data center site
            opening in Q3 2014)
        --  Reading, England (expansion completing in Q3 2014)
        --  Chicago (expansion completing in Q3 2014)

These expansions will bring more than 20 megawatts of additional power to 
CenturyLink's total data center footprint, enabling businesses like the 
Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) to add points of presence in locations 
most strategic for their operations.

"We are pleased to see CenturyLink expanding capacity in Weehawken, which 
serves as an excellent venue for the global financial industry with its 
proximity to trading markets," said Curt Schumacher, chief technology officer 
at CBOE. "We added a point of presence in this key data center, which features 
a vibrant ecosystem and secure network solutions, to supply subscribing firms 
with competitive markets data over low-latency trading connections."

Weehawken is one of more than 55 data centers CenturyLink operates, with more 
than 2.5 million square feet of gross raised floor space throughout North 
America, Europe and Asia. The company, ranked by Synergy Research and Frost & 
Sullivan as the second-largest retail colocation provider in the United 
States, offers robust colocation, cloud and managed services across its 
footprint of data centers powered by an advanced fiber network, 
high-availability SLAs and Uptime Institute Tier III-certified facilities.

"IT leaders tell us the road to cloud often starts in an outsourced data 
center," said David Meredith, senior vice president and general manager for 
CenturyLink Technology Solutions. "With this global rollout, we're on an 
ambitious course to deliver carrier diversity, interconnectivity and managed 
hybrid services at pace with the market's appetite for access to flexible and 
secure IT infrastructure."

About CenturyLink Technology Solutions CenturyLink Technology Solutions 
delivers innovative managed services for global businesses on virtual, 
dedicated and colocation platforms. For more information, visit 

About CenturyLink CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company 
in the United States and is recognized 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 fiber optic 
network and multiple data centers 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.

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SOURCE  CenturyLink, Inc. 
Justin Lopinot, 314.628.7053, justin.lopinot@centurylink.com 
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