​CenturyLink expands datacentre footprint to Australia with NextDC

CenturyLink's network services are now being serviced locally as part of a new agreement the company has signed with NextDC to extend its datacentre footprint to Australia.

CenturyLink has signed a collocation agreement with NextDC to extend its datacentre footprint to Australia.

Under the agreement, CenturyLink's managed hybrid IT services will be made available at five NextDC datacentre locations across the country in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, and Perth. It will also mean that both companies will be able sell into each other's datacentres.

CenturyLink has been offering its network services in Australia since 2002, and said it plans to deploy its public cloud service in the country later this year.

Gery Messer, CenturyLink Asia-Pacific managing director, said the extension of the company's datacentre footprint into Australia will serve the growing customer demand for IT services in the region.

"We are eager to offer our managed hybrid IT services and consistent IT experience to multinational corporations in Australia, one of the most connected countries in the world," he said.

Late last year, CenturyLink bulked up its cloud offering with the acquisition of Cognilytics, which provides big data and analytics services.

In similar news in the region, Linode opened its first datacentre in Singapore. This is the seventh centre the company has opened, in addition to the datacentres that already exist in Australia, India, Southeast Asia, and surrounding regions.

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