CenturyLink's Minneapolis-St.Paul data center earns Tier III certification

CenturyLink's (NYSE: CTL) newest data center in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MP2, became even more valuable as the center received Uptime Institute's coveted Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility.

By gaining this award, it shows that MP2 has met the Uptime Institute's rigorous criteria for Concurrent Maintainability, including design, construction and commissioning.

The value of this certification is that it will assure local Minneapolis-St. Paul businesses that decide to store their critical data in the new center that all elements of the critical infrastructure of the data center are capable of enterprise-grade performance.

"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," said David Meredith, SVP and global manager of CenturyLink, in a release.

Gaining this certification has been a key priority for CenturyLink.

CenturyLink has also completed the Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility for the second phase of its OC2 data center in Irvine, Calif., which it says makes it the first Uptime Institute Tier Certification, of both Design & Facility, in the southern California colocation market.

In addition, the telco is working to fulfill the requirements to obtain Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility for colocation data centers in Elk Grove, Ill.; Markham, Ontario; and Hong Kong by the end of 2014. Delivered jointly with Digital Realty Trust, the Hong Kong data center would be the first data center to receive that award in its region.

For more:
- see the release

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