CenturyLink named a 'Leader' for data centre operations and management in IDC MarketScape for Canadian market

TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2016 /CNW/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has been named a "Leader" in the IDC MarketScape: Canadian Data Centre Operations and Management Vendor Assessment (Doc #CA40622416, Sept. 30, 2016). The IDC MarketScape measures the capabilities and offerings of data centre service providers and their qualifications to meet the current and future needs of Canadian organizations.

CenturyLink delivers hybrid IT solutions for Canadian companies through robust platforms of cloud services and managed hosting combined with four CenturyLink data centres across Canada – two in Toronto, one in Montreal, and one in Vancouver – that are connected with CenturyLink data centres and cloud nodes around the globe. CenturyLink's enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure solutions have been offered in Canada since 2010, and address data sovereignty requirements for Canadian enterprises and multi-national corporations seeking to establish a local presence.  

"Being recognized as a Leader in this IDC MarketScape is continued validation of CenturyLink's commitment to our Canada-based customers," said Ash Mathur, regional vice president and country manager for CenturyLink's Canadian operations. "As a leading global IT services provider, we are helping a number of Canadian organizations embark on their hybrid IT journey. We are proud to be named a Leader by the IDC MarketScape."

As a leading provider of hybrid IT solutions across colocation, managed hosting, cloud, network and IT services, CenturyLink is committed to operational excellence in its data centres, and is the first company to pursue Uptime Institute's M&O Stamp of Approval at the global portfolio level. Some of CenturyLink's Canada data centres have already obtained the M&O Stamp of Approval. Additionally, the company's Toronto data centre also has Tier III Facility and Tier III Silver Operational Sustainability certifications.

About IDC MarketScape
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360 degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors. 

About CenturyLink 
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

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SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.

For further information: Frank Tutalo, 703.363.8698, frank.tutalo@centurylink.com, http://www.centurylink.com


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