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CenturyLink Technology Solutions announces new node in Toronto data centre
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CenturyLink Technology Solutions announces new node in Toronto data centre 

Richard Seroter, director of product management, CenturyLink Cloud, discussed what the new node means for Toronto and Canadian businesses. “For businesses based in Canada, and those that do business in Canada, the new CenturyLink Cloud node complements our two existing in-country cloud nodes (through our partnership with PEER 1) and offers several benefits,” he said. These benefits include data sovereignty within Canada, hosted applications that are closer to users for better performance and the option of premium block storage that automatically replicates data to CenturyLink’s Vancouver facility.

Seroter added that CenturyLink offers a number of advantages to customers. “CenturyLink Cloud brings businesses the agility of the cloud with an extensive library of self-service capabilities, coupled with the performance, security, management and automation companies need to run their mission-critical applications with confidence,” he commented. “Cloud workloads running in this new Toronto node also have direct access to the rich suite of CenturyLink hosting and network services available there.”

Moreover, existing TR1 customers can connect to the company’s public cloud offering. There is also self-service access to options for building and managing enterprise cloud environments including Hyperscale deployments with 100% flash storage for Hadoop and NoSQL workloads.

CenturyLink’s TR1 data centre is carrier-diverse. “Customers can connect CenturyLink Cloud to other CenturyLink deployments using our Cloud Network Services capability,” Seroter noted. They can choose to connect to Bell, Cogeco Data Services, MTS Allstream, Rogers Business Solutions (Blink) and TELUS. “Customers who require connections with other carriers can also be configured via Direct Connect,” Seroter added.

The company’s CA3 node offers the full CenturyLink Cloud product catalog. The catalog includes computing, giving customers the ability to deploy servers with tailored CPU and RAM dimensions; the option for block storage for app data; and the creation and management of complex network topologies such as load balancers, VPNs and firewalls through self-service.

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