MONROE, La., and PHOENIX, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and IO today announced a strategic agreement to expand the CenturyLink Technology Solutions colocation footprint using IO’s Intelligent Control technology platform, with initial deployments at IO Phoenix and nearby IO Scottsdale.
CenturyLink Technology Solutions, which formerly operated under the name Savvis, will enter the Phoenix market as a hosting and colocation provider, making up to 9 megawatts of additional capacity available to its clients through rapidly deployable IO technology. CenturyLink has a deep understanding of the Phoenix market, where it maintains a substantial network services business and employs more than 1,700 employees.
The IO Intelligent Control technology platform consists of IO.Anywhere® data center modules and the integrated IO.OS® data center operating system, which provides integrated control, data collection and business intelligence across data center infrastructure, IT equipment, applications and users of the data center. In the CenturyLink data center space, IO’s technology will be complemented by CenturyLink’s broad set of colocation, managed services, cloud and network offerings. Clients will also gain access to CenturyLink’s ClientConnect, an online gateway for businesses to expand their capabilities by locating, connecting and sharing services with other businesses residing across CenturyLink’s global data center footprint.
“CenturyLink continues to invest in expanding our global data center footprint into key markets like Phoenix and extending our hosting capabilities through new technologies like IO’s Intelligent Control platform,” said Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink Technology Solutions. “The pioneering IO technology enhances our product mix with the latest options for delivering flexible hybrid IT solutions. IO’s energy-efficient data center technology platform can be deployed just-in-time, helping us to preserve capital and enabling our clients to reduce costs and operate more efficiently.”
“With its immense global footprint, world-class data center capabilities and Savvis legacy, CenturyLink Technology Solutions is a major force in the industry,” said George D. Slessman, IO chief executive officer and product architect. “We believe CenturyLink’s substantial commitment to IO technology further validates that our Intelligent Control platform can meet the demands of large-scale, global service providers.”
“Armed with IO’s prefabricated modular technology and proprietary data center operating system, CenturyLink is rounding out its digital infrastructure offering by combining a sophisticated, agile and intuitive data center platform with its deep stack of IT services, optimizing customer scalability and management capabilities,” said Michael Levy, data centers senior analyst at 451 Research.
This strategic agreement with IO follows recent CenturyLink announcements regarding investments in its hosting capabilities, including the acquisitions of Tier 3 and AppFog and data center construction projects in Toronto and Minneapolis. CenturyLink operates more than 50 data centers worldwide, with more than 2.5 million square feet of gross raised floor space throughout North America, Europe and Asia.