CenturyLink launches cloud platform in APAC

NetworksAsia staff
NetworksAsia

CenturyLink's public cloud platform, CenturyLink Cloud, is now available in Asia Pacific through one of the company’s data centers in Singapore.

The platform, which was until now only available in the US, UK, Canada and Germany, offers public and private cloud infrastructure, managed services, colocation, networking and support for advanced hybrid scenarios.

“The launch of a CenturyLink Cloud node in Singapore further enhances our position as a leading managed hybrid IT provider for businesses with operations in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Gery Messer, CenturyLink managing director, Asia Pacific.

“We continue to invest in the high-growth Asia-Pacific region to meet increasing customer demand. With a deep product portfolio across infrastructure, applications, services and geographies, CenturyLink optimizes complete solutions for customers, while offering a single point of accountability.”

Analysis by industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan shows that enterprises across the Asia-Pacific region spent almost $6.6 billion on public cloud services in 2014, an increase of 38% from 2013.

The firm predicts that cloud spending will exceed $20 billion in 2018, driven by factors such as an increasing openness to outsource workloads to cloud, greater collaboration between business and technology decision makers in the procurement of IT, and the availability of more mature cloud offerings in the market.

CenturyLink recently expanded its managed hosting services into China and made its new Private Cloud service available in all 58 of its global data centers.

CenturyLink’s Asia-Pacific operations date back to 1999, and the company launched its first virtualized service in the region in 2007. “We plan to explore additional international expansions and product launches in Asia Pacific in 2015,” Messer said.

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