CenturyLink Continues to Help Digital Businesses in APAC, Expands Global Cloud Alliance with Dell and VMware

CenturyLink | July 07, 2020

CenturyLink Continues to Help Digital Businesses in APAC, Expands Global Cloud Alliance with Dell and VMware
CenturyLink, Inc. announced it has expanded its global cloud alliance with Dell Technologies, Inc. and VMware, Inc. to offer a hybrid cloud solution designed to help digital businesses in Asia Pacific successfully modernise their application workloads and manage their cloud journey. By 2021, over 90 per cent of enterprises in Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) will rely on a mix of on-premises/dedicated private cloud, several public clouds and legacy platforms to meet their infrastructure needs according to IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2020 Predictions - APEJ Implications. This collaboration immediately offers customers the benefits of a fully managed software-defined data centre (SDDC) solution deployable in more than 2,200 CenturyLink network-connected private and public data centres worldwide. This complete SDDC solution with built-in automation enables improved security and new levels of control and scalability across private and public clouds to deliver a consistent customer experience.

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