Las Vegas Data Center Space Acquired By CenturyLink

CenturyLink announced in late-October that it will partner with Switch SUPERNAP to expand its Las Vegas data center presence. The deal will enable CenturyLink to immediately grow its portfolio while offering customers its full range of colocation, managed, cloud and network services.

Switch's Nevada data center campus offers 1.7 million square feet of space and is the only carrier-neutral colocation facility to have received Tier IV Gold Certification of Operational Sustainability. It is also the only North American data center to earn a Tier IV Certification of Constructed Facility.

David Meredith, senior vice president for CenturyLink Technology Solutions, said a Las Vegas data center was the obvious next step for the company.

"Las Vegas is a market where we have pretty much everything else we do except for a data center, but we have significant network assets deployed and a lot of customers deployed in that area," said Meredith.

Through the partnership, CenturyLink will add Switch's Las Vegas facility to its sellable portfolio, and Switch will greatly benefit as well. The company, which has only sold space and power in the past, will now have the ability to offer customers access to services through CenturyLink's 57 data centers around the world.

"Switch has a lot of customers in that market that have needs outside of the Las Vegas market so they'll be able to drive business into our data centers in all the markets they're not currently in today," said Meredith. "There's not a lot of overlap between our two footprints today so they're able to provide data center services into our 57 data centers that we have and we'll be able to provide our cloud and  managed services to their customers in Las Vegas."

CenturyLink has made expansion of its data center presence a top priority this year. The company completed buildouts of four facilities, including an Arizona data center, Toronto data center, Minneapolis data center and a Hong Kong data center. The company also finished expanding a Chicago data center and a California data center earlier this year.