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CenturyLink expands its managed hosting availability into China

Zafirah Salim | Oct. 3, 2014
Its customers can now access a portfolio of managed hosting, security, cloud and networking solutions through a Shanghai data centre.

US-based telecommunications company CenturyLink, Inc announced on Tuesday (September 30, 2014) the availability of its global managed hosting services in China, expanding the availability of its Asia Pacific capabilities to better serve multinational corporations conducting business in the world's second-largest economy.

In its press release, CenturyLink said that its customers can now access a comprehensive portfolio of managed hosting, security, cloud and networking solutions through a data centre located in the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone.

The telco added that the data centre is operated by GDS, a provider of high-availability data centre services in China. Citic Telecom CPC, an information and communication technology solutions provider and long-time CenturyLink provider in the Asia-Pacific region, serves as the network provider.

CenturyLink's hybrid cloud and IT infrastructure and services are delivered across 57 data centers worldwide, including five in Asia.

"For multinational corporations looking to grow their customer base, entering China presents enormous opportunities and challenges," said Gery Messer, CenturyLink managing director, Asia Pacific. "CenturyLink makes it easy for businesses to host within China's borders, offering access to the same highly secure managed services and consistent IT experience available across our global footprint."

CenturyLink's new managed hosting, colocation and cloud presence in China is delivered through an agreement with Neusoft, an IT solutions and services provider in China, which has extensive market shares and customer bases in many infrastructure industries across the country. Businesses that need assistance entering the China market can also access extended services from CenturyLink through the Neusoft agreement.

CenturyLink's expansion into China comes as the company continues its 2014 global data centre expansions, including the recent opening of a second data centre in the Toronto market. The growth is in direct response to ongoing demand for colocation, hybrid IT and cloud services in strategic markets.


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