CenturyLink is joining the surge of companies expanding in Australia by announcing the opening of its first CenturyLink cloud node in Sydney. Telsyte forecasted in a report last year that the public cloud infrastructure market alone would grow to AU$775 million by 2019, from AU$366 million in 2015.
CenturyLink are clearly planning to capture some of this growth as Gery Messer, CenturyLink managing director, Asia Pacific commented “Launching the CenturyLink Cloud node in Australia signals our strong commitment to this key growth market. We’re seeing increased customer demand for IT services in Australia, which is one of the most connected countries in the world. Thanks to our continued investment in Asia Pacific, many more organizations are achieving success on their hybrid IT journeys.”
They are not the only ones, Equinix added better networking links recently and Veritas recently announced its third expansion in the region. The new CenturyLink node is located in Sydney adding to cloud locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Singapore. The new node will provide the full range of cloud services from CenturyLink offering public and private cloud infrastructure, managed services, colocation, network connectivity and support for advanced hybrid solutions.
There is no comment from CenturyLink whether the cloud services are being offered from Australia CLC (AU1) or the Sydney data centre (both locations are in Sydney). Though one suspects that it will be an expansion of the AU1 data centre that currently offer public cloud services. As of writing this piece the data centre map on the CenturyLink website has not been updated though.
This is a key expansion by CenturyLink as it struggles to keep up with the growth of rivals such as Equinix outside of the US. It will be interesting to see what success it has in the Australian market and whether this is merely an expansion to service US customers in Australia rather than an assault on the Australian market.