CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has added Minneapolis-St. Paul to its growing roster of data center locations, a move that it says will help it address the region's growing demand for colocation, cloud, managed hosting and network services.
Known as MP2, the new center as previously reported will support 4.8 megawatts of IT load on 100,000 square feet of raised floor space. Initially, it will offer 1.2 megawatts of power and 13,000 square feet of raised floor space.
Located in Shakopee, Minn., MP2 is a multitenant Tier III-constructed data center certified by the Uptime Institute and holds gold certification status from the U.S. Green Building Institute's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
This is the second data center CenturyLink Technology Solutions will operate in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.
The service provider said MP2 will enable businesses to deploy hybrid cloud solutions that leverage network, colocation, managed hosting and managed services. In addition, customers will have access to CenturyLink Technology Solutions' ClientConnect, an online gateway that expands their capabilities by locating, connecting and sharing services with other businesses residing across its global data center footprint.
Besides Minneapolis, CenturyLink is expanding its data center presence in seven other U.S. and European markets including: Phoenix; Weehawken, N.J.; Sterling, Va.; Irvine, Calif.; Toronto; Reading, England; and Chicago. Upon completion, the service provider will have a total of 180,000 feet of additional data center space.
Introducing the new data center comes at a time when CenturyLink continues to see strong revenue growth in the data hosting segment.
In the first quarter of 2014, CenturyLink reported that data hosting operating revenues rose 6 percent to $354 million year-over-year. A key part of that segment was managed hosting where revenues rose 12.7 percent to $142 million year-over-year, and colocation revenues were $158 million, up 3.3 percent over the same period a year ago.
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