CenturyLink announced in mid-March that it is making its cloud platform available in the Asia Pacific region with the launch of a Singapore data center.
The company operates two facilities in the country, but the new data center is part of a global expansion of CenturyLink's cloud services. There are currently 13 locations worldwide offering CenturyLink's cloud services infrastructure and the company hopes to add seven sites by the end of the year. CenturyLink also operates U.S. data centers, Canada data centers and Europe data centers, with plans to open additional facilities in Asia in the near future.
"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."
Singapore is an ideal place to begin the company's expansion into the Asia Pacific region, as there is already a successful colocation and managed hosting presence in the country. The cloud market in the region has been showing steady growth in recent years. The latest research from Frost & Sullivan revealed that Asia Pacific businesses spent close to $6.6 billion on public cloud services last year, an increase of 38 percent from 2013. Based on increasing demand, the firm has projected that cloud spending there will exceed $20 billion by 2018, making this the perfect time for new providers to enter the market.
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