CenturyLink increases network connectivity options for global data center customers

CenturyLink, Inc. 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 centers throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. CenturyLink offers an average of seven network carrier connections at each data center, 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 center connectivity by offering hosting and colocation customers direct, low-latency connectivity to a broad array of ecosystems beyond the walls of the data centers. Robust connectivity options provide access to ISVs, content-delivery networks, financial matching engines, carrier hotels and on-net access to more than 260 data center 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 centers, CenturyLink. “In order to meet this steep demand, organizations must take a hybrid IT approach and maximize the value of their IT assets. By accessing several different data center 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, organizations are leveraging colocation providers to extend their IT footprints in facilities with reliable and performance-optimized 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.”