CenturyLink's Minneapolis-St. Paul Data Center is First and Only Colocation Facility in Minnesota to Earn Tier III Certificatio

 CenturyLink's Minneapolis-St. Paul Data Center is First and Only Colocation
 Facility in Minnesota to Earn Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility

Solidifies CenturyLink's Worldwide Commitment to Uptime Institute's Globally
Recognized Certification Services

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, July 16, 2014

NEW YORK, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink recently announced the
opening of its newest data center in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MP2, which received
Uptime Institute's coveted Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility. MP2
is the first colocation data center in Minnesota to receive this award, which
signifies that the design, construction, and commissioning meet the Uptime
Institute's rigorous criteria for Concurrent Maintainability. Delivered with
technology partner Compass Datacenters in Shakopee, MP2 addresses the need for
premium colocation service in Minneapolis and adjacent markets.

Tier Certification from Uptime Institute assures businesses that all elements
of the critical infrastructure of a data center are capable of
enterprise-grade performance. CenturyLink's strategic global commitment to the
Tier Certification process also includes the recently successful completion of
Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility for the second phase of its OC2
data center in Irvine, California, making it the first and only Uptime
Institute Tier Certification, of both Design & Facility, in the southern
California colocation market. CenturyLink is also working toward Tier III
Certification of Constructed Facility for colocation data centers in Elk
Grove, Illinois; Markham, Ontario; and Hong Kong by the end of 2014. The Hong
Kong data center, delivered jointly with Digital Realty Trust, would be the
first data center to receive that
award in its region.

"CenturyLink provides businesses with incredible, distinctive data center
experiences, and our commitment to official Uptime Institute Tier
Certification reflects our ongoing dedication to innovation and excellence in
data center design and project delivery," said David Meredith, SVP and global
manager of CenturyLink. "Uptime Institute Tier Certification of Constructed
Facility confirms what CenturyLink and our technology partners have always
known to be true: that data center design and implementation has no tolerance
for missing links or shortcuts."

"We congratulate all those who were responsible for delivering the Minneapolis
and California projects, as the successful completion of Tier Certification of
Constructed Facility speaks to the capabilities of CenturyLink's design and
build teams," said Julian Kudritzki, COO of Uptime Institute. "Tier
Certification of Design Documents is not easy, but building to that design—and
certifying that build—is a key confidence factor for CenturyLink itself and
its client base. When a longstanding colocation leader commits to Tier
Certification, it endorses its relevance to the end-user community. The
successful implementations of Minneapolis and California have us looking
forward to the expanding relationship with CenturyLink, its project teams, and
technology partners around the world."

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute, The Global Data Center Authority^®, is an unbiased
third-party data center research, education, and consulting organization
focused on improving data center performance and efficiency through
collaboration and innovation in data center design, management, and
operations. Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders of the data center
industry, including enterprise and third-party operators, manufacturers,
providers, and engineers to ensure that strategic objectives are met. Uptime
Institute is best known for its creation and global administration of the Tier
Standards for Data Center Design, Constructed Facility, and Operational
Sustainability along with its Management and Operations (M&O) reviews, and
FORCSS™ methodology.

Uptime Institute has office locations in the U.S., Costa Rica, Brazil, United
Kingdom, Spain, Dubai, Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Uptime
Institute is part of The 451 Group, a leading technology-industry analyst and
research company. Visit www.uptimeinstitute.com for more information.

SOURCE Uptime Institute

Website: http://www.uptimeinstitute.com
Contact: Press Inquires: Clinton Gage, Marketing Director,
cgage@uptimeinstitute.com, 206-706-4647
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