Normally, hitting big numbers in Las Vegas is a gambler's dream, but CenturyLink isn't gambling in signing a data center partnership with Switch SUPERNAP that will give the telecom and cloud operator its 58th data center presence in its global data center network. (See CenturyLink, Switch SUPERNAP Team on Vegas Data Center.)
The deal is significant for CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) in two major ways: It creates an immediate data center presence in a city that is increasingly important to the carrier as one of its first Gigabit Cities and it creates a strategic backup to other data centers in the region. Las Vegas is one of the few major cities with a zero rating on the natural disaster scale.
The partnership also extends CenturyLink's aggressive 2014 expansion of its data center infrastructure in support of cloud services. (See CenturyLink Opens Cloud Development Center, CenturyLink Opens Hosting Site in China, CenturyLink Launches Private Cloud Services in 57 Data Centers, CenturyLink Targets 'Underserved' Twin Cities and CenturyLink Expands Global Data Centers.)
"Las Vegas is an important market for us, we have 700 employees there and it is one of the first places where we offered gigabit services," says David Meredith, SVP and global GM for Data Center Business at CenturyLink. "We are very particular about who we partner with, and Switch is a Tier 4 Gold facility as certified by the Uptime Institute, which is the best you can get."
Switch also brings CenturyLink access to a whole new range of customers for its connectivity services and its 57 other data centers, Meredith notes. Switch customers can access CenturyLink Cloud colocation and managed servcies, while CenturyLink customers can access hosting and colocation space in the Switch Las Vegas facility.
Because the two companies don't overlap in any way and thus don't compete, they are viewing the relationship as more strategic and a platform for future growth, Meredith says. There is substantial room for growth in the Las Vegas data center, and Las Vegas can also serve as key backup and disaster recovery space for other regions, adds Jason Mendenhall, executive vice president of cloud for Switch.
Switch's Vegas facility is unique in holding two Tier IV certifications as the only carrier-neutral colocation facility to earn the Uptime Institute's Tier IV Gold Certification of Operational Sustainability and the only colocation facility in North America to hold a Tier IV Certification of Constructed Facility.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading