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  www.centurylink.com/technology.  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. 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