CenturyLink to offer on-shore public cloud services this year

US telco signs deal with NextDC to begin offering co-location and managed hosting services within Australia from today

CenturyLink will later this year begin offering public cloud services from Australian data centres, the US telco said today.

The company today announced a partnership with NextDC, under which it will offer co-location and managed hosting services within Australia through NextDC's network of data centres.

NextDC operates data centres in Sydney (S1), Perth (P1), Melbourne (M1), Canberra (C1) and Brisbane (B1).

CenturyLink has had networks services customers within Australia since 2002, the telco said. There are more than 50 customers CenturyLink within the country.

"NextDC's agreement with CenturyLink continues the trend of the world’s top IT providers utilising NextDC's national data centre network to provide services," the data centre operator's CEO, Craig Scroggie, said in a statement.

"CenturyLink is an important new member of our ecosystem of carriers, cloud and IT service providers, and its presence will essentially open up a world of new possibilities for Australian organisations on their journey to a hybrid cloud model."

Under the agreement, NextDC will be able to sell into CenturyLink's data centres.

"The extension of CenturyLink’s data centre footprint into Australia signifies our commitment to serve growing customer demand for IT services in the Asia-Pacific region," CenturyLink's Asia Pacific managing director, Gery Messer, said in a statement.

Virtualization behemoth VMware earlier this year began offering its vCloud Air cloud service from within Australia thanks to a deal with Telstra.

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IBM has launched SoftLayer IaaS services from Sydney and Melbourne data centres.

Amazon Web Services and Rackspace have both offered cloud services from Australian data centres for a number of years. Microsoft has an Azure 'Geo' within in Australia, based in Sydney and Melbourne data centres. Verizon also offers services within Australia.

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