Savvis expands its worldwide data center footprint

Savvis expands eight existing data centers, adds two new ones and directly integrates them into a combined CenturyLink-Savvis Tier 1 MPLS network.

In response to increasing demand for enterprise cloud, managed hosting, and network and colocation services, Savvis is enlarging its worldwide footprint, by expanding eight existing data centers and building two new data centers in London and Hong Kong. The extra square footage makes room for businesses that want to leverage the space for Savvis' cloud, managed hosting, network and colocation services.

CenturyLink, the third-largest telecom company in the U.S., acquired Savvis in 2011, and the combined company has more than 50 data centers located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The expansion effort will provide all of their cloud, colocation and managed hosting clients with "ubiquitous access to high-bandwidth connectivity ranging from 1 to 100 Mbps -- no matter where they're located," said Gene Rogers, director for network product marketing at CenturyLink.

The data centers involved in the expansion effort are based in Boston; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Dallas; Piscataway, N.J.; Tampa, Fla.; London; Singapore; and Hong Kong.

Each new or expanded data center will have access to Savvis' three cloud data centers in Virginia, California and Singapore. "These cloud data centers offer a range of shared, dedicated and hybrid cloud solutions, as well as cloud storage," said Drew Leonard, Savvis' vice president for colocation product management. "Customers may link directly to the cloud data centers hosted in one of the three cloud facilities, or they can choose to connect to a Savvis data center close to their own location."

"Our cloud connectivity solutions leverage the convergence of network and cloud by enabling our customers to access the Savvis Cloud platform from virtually any location around the globe via high-performance private network connections," CenturyLink's Rogers said. This combination of services allows customers to "meet all of their computing and network needs on a single contract, with a single infrastructure service provider," he said. "Our intra-data-center, inter-data-center [and] data-center-to-premises connectivity solutions include access options from T1 to Gigabit Ethernet, unique cloud bursting options, six available Quality-of-Service levels and Web portal access to utilization and performance reporting."

Are any new technologies built into the new data centers? While OpenFlow and software-defined networking are under evaluation, according to Rogers, they aren't being implemented the network yet.

"We view our network as a key differentiator for all of our colocation, hosted and cloud services. Now, all of Savvis' global data centers are directly integrated into the combined CenturyLink and Savvis Tier 1 Multiprotocol Label Switching network," Rogers said. "Savvis offers carrier diversity in all of its data centers, with an average of 10 to 12 alternate carriers available per center. In total, 73 different carriers resell network services in our data centers."

What exactly can Savvis' customers do now that they couldn't before the expansion? "By expanding our footprint, we're able to deliver more clients speed to market in these new regions, and continue to deliver direct access to our managed and cloud services," Leonard said.

This is particularly important for businesses seeking recovery services in geographically dispersed data center locations, as well as global brands needing local data-center hubs to deliver a flawless end-user experience on a global scale, according to Leonard. Through the "streamlined cross-connect provisioning process within our carrier-diverse data centers, we can enable client-to-carrier or client-to-client cross-connects so our customers can quickly interconnect with each other," he added. "This interconnectivity enables businesses to leverage services and applications with other companies located in our data centers."

The expansions should be complete by the end of 2013.

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