Tuesday, 28 April 2015 16:07

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Brisbane-based, listed data centre provider NextDC (ASX:NXT) and giant US telco CenturyLink will be able to sell IT services into each other’s data centres in Australia under an agreement between the two companies that further extends CenturyLink’s global footprint into the Australian market.

Under the agreement, CenturyLink will offer its full suite of managed hybrid IT services to regional and multinational corporations in Australia.

From today, CenturyLink’s managed hosting and colocation services can be accessed through NextDC’s network of five next-generation data centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth.

NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie, said the agreement with CenturyLink “continues the trend of the world’s top IT providers utilising NextDC’s national data centre network to provide services”.

“CenturyLink is an important new member of our ecosystem of carriers, cloud and IT service providers, and its presence will essentially open up a world of new possibilities for Australian organisations on their journey to a hybrid cloud model.”

CenturyLink has offered network services to more than 50 regional and multinational corporations in Australia since 2002, and has said it plans to deploy its public cloud service within the country later this year.

“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,” said Gery Messer, managing director, Asia Pacific, at CenturyLink.

“The extension of CenturyLink’s data centre footprint into Australia signifies our commitment to serve growing customer demand for IT services in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Messer said the availability of CenturyLink’s global managed hosting services in Australia continues the company’s recent momentum in Asia Pacific, including the recent launch of its public cloud platform in Singapore, the expansion of managed hosting services into China and the availability of its private cloud service in all 58 of its global data centres.

Messer cites the fact that the company had also earned industry analyst recognition for its Asia-Pacific cloud-enabled managed hosting capabilities, and received a Brill Award from the Uptime Institute for Asia-Pacific data centres facilities management.

Messer also cites comments by one analyst firm, 451 Research, on likely demand for IT services in Australia.

“Our recent surveys have shown that many enterprises would like to reduce the number of IT services providers they work with, so we believe there will be strong demand by enterprise customers to be connected globally in Australia under a single contract,” said Stefanie Williams, analyst at 451 Research.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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