CenturyLink ramps data center capacity to 185 MW with 6-market expansion

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) continues to ramp up its global data center footprint, completing expansions in six major markets in its U.S. and international footprint that have enabled it to boost data center capacity to over 185 megawatts.

The expansions add approximately 10.8 megawatts of critical capacity to its footprint and these facilities are built to support up to an additional 35 megawatts to meet future demands from its business customers. 

Among the projects are expansions in key markets, including Boston, London, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, Seattle and Washington, D.C. In addition, the service provider grew its market presence into Australia and central Washington state.

While the U.S. is a key focus, a key highlight of data center growth target has been in Asia-Pacific where it built data centers in China and Singapore, while partnering with Data-Center-as-a-Service provider NEXTDC Limited to establish reach into five Australian markets.

One of the other interesting elements of its data center build is that the company's focus on alternative energy options in Washington, California and Minnesota. In Central Washington, CenturyLink built a hydro-powered data center facility, while incorporating Bloom fuel cell technology into the Irvine, Calif., facility, and achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the Minneapolis-St. Paul data center expansion. 

These initiatives will enable CenturyLink to stay on a competitive footing with a number of aggressive data center providers like Equinix, which has been on an equally ambitious expansion path.

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