CenturyLink to open data center in Arizona

CenturyLink Technology Solutions (NYSE: CTL) will open a new 45,000-square-foot data center in Phoenix next month. The data center will be owned by software firm IO and will leverage IO's Intelligent Control technology platform.

CenturyLink currently has 56 data centers worldwide for its cloud data platform but this center will use IO's technology for a speed-to-market advantage. IO's data center package includes data center modules and the integrated IO.OS data center operating system.

CenturyLink executives said that the reason for the new data center is to meet growing demand for secure cloud services as a result of increased online video and other OTT content as well as the growing popularity of services such as social gaming and e-commerce.  

The data center services will be marketed to customers looking to cost-effectively store data. In addition, customers will get access to CenturyLink's ClientConnect, an online gateway that allows businesses to expand their capabilities by locating, connecting and sharing services with other clients.

Colocation and hosted services have become a key revenue driver for CenturyLink. Managed hosting revenues were $142 million in the first quarter of the year, a 12.7 percent increase from the first quarter of 2013. Colocation revenues were $158 million, a 3.3 percent increase over the same period a year ago.

For more:
- see this AZCentral article

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