Qwest enhances its cloud-computing capabilities

Qwest has responded to its enterprise and government customers' needs for hosting and cloud-based services by opening its 17th nationwide data center and its third center located in the Washington D.C. metro area. Currently supporting one unnamed federal government customer, the 129,000 square foot facility will be equipped with redundant network and hosting capabilities.

A key focus of the new CyberCenter is its ability to support cloud computing, a service Qwest believes will help it compete for more enterprise dollars. However compelling cloud computing has become, security and privacy have prevented enterprises from completely embracing the concept. Ted Ritter, senior research analyst, Nemertes Research points out that while "enterprise IT executives show high interest in leveraging the economics, flexibility and agility of these services, but concerns over privacy, security, availability and compliance have held them back."  

Qwest is addressing cloud computing security and availability concerns by providing a host of new features including: remote and onsite server and database management, On-Site and Centralized Operations, Security, Critical Systems and SLAs.

For more:
- see the release here
- a video about the new data center is here

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