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    [EN] CenturyLink vende 57 data centers para fundador da Terremark

    The BC Partners/Medina-led consortium will assume ownership of CenturyLink’s portfolio of 57 data centers, with 195 megawatts of power across 2.6 million square feet of raised floor capacity.

    CenturyLink will continue to offer colocation services through commercial relationships with the BC/Medina-led consortium.


    Rich Miller
    November 4, 2016

    CenturyLink has sold its data center portfolio to an investor consortium for $2.15 billion, and will will use the proceeds to help fund its acquisition of Level 3 Communications, the company said today.

    The deal marks a return to the data center industry for Manual Medina, who previously built Terremark into a major player on the national data center scene before selling it to Verizon. Medina is heading an investor consortium including Partners and Longview Asset Management, as well as his Medina Capital Management.

    CenturyLink will maintain a stake in the new entity, valued at about $150 million.

    The BC Partners/Medina-led consortium will assume ownership of CenturyLink’s portfolio of 57 data centers, with 195 megawatts of power across 2.6 million square feet of raised floor capacity. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017. Branding for the new company will be announced at a later date.

    The new entity will lead with cybersecurity, combining the CenturyLink data center assets with Medina Capital’s portfolio of security and software firms. This is a strength for Medina, whose focus on cybersecurity helped Terremark build a lucrative business hosting IT services for the U.S. military and government agencies.

    A Secure Data Center Platform

    “We’re combining a worldwide footprint of best-in-class data centers with cutting-edge security and analytics services, integrating these capabilities into a global, highly secure platform,” said Medina. “Our customers will be able to leverage a suite of on-net security and advanced analytics services deeply integrated into the data center.”

    “Led by Manny Medina and his management team at Medina Capital, these data centers will become part of a new, global secure infrastructure platform that will meet the growing and changing needs of customers today and for the future,” said Justin Bateman, a managing partner at BC Partners. “”CenturyLink has built and maintained an impressive global footprint of colocation data centers that is unparalleled for a portfolio of assets of this size.”

    Although it will no longer own the data centers, CenturyLink will continue to offer colocation services as part of its product portfolio through its commercial relationships to be entered into at closing with the BC/Medina-led consortium.

    “After conducting a thorough review process, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with BC Partners,” said Glen Post III, chief executive officer and president of CenturyLink. “Both CenturyLink and BC Partners have a strong customer focus and are committed to ensuring a seamless transition of the customers and their colocation environments.”

    Lots of Terremark Veterans

    Medina’s team at Medina Capital is stacked with veterans of Terremark, including former COO Nelson Fonseca, sales leader Barry Field, cloud services executive Randy Rowland, and controller Rene Rodriguez.

    Medina founded Terremark with a vision for a data center that would make south Florida the gateway to Latin America for internet connectivity. In 2000 the company built The NAP of the America, one of the world’s largest data centers, just as the dot-com boom was receding. Medina guided Terremark through a long period of financial challenges, but gained momentum by sharpening its focus on security and virtualization services, which were just emerging as a major tool for IT operations.

    BC Partners is a “Pan-European” buyout firm with offices in London, Paris, Hamburg and New York, and is currently advising funds totaling over €12 billion. The company has completed 92 transactions with a total enterprise value of €115 billion. About Longview Asset Management is a wealth mangement firm that invests assets on behalf of individuals, trusts, and charitable foundations associated with a private family.

    http://datacenterfrontier.com/centur...-led-by-medina

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    CenturyLink reaches agreement to sell data centers and colocation business to a consortium led by BC Partners and Medina Capital

    CenturyLink to retain hosting and cloud assets supporting network-first and hybrid-IT strategy

    MONROE, La. , Nov. 4, 2016 /CNW/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its data centers and colocation business to funds advised by BC Partners, in a consortium including Medina Capital Advisors and Longview Asset Management. In exchange, CenturyLink will receive (i) $2.15 billion in cash, subject to offsets for capital lease obligations and various working capital and other adjustments, and (ii) a minority stake to be valued at $150 million in the consortium's newly-formed global secure infrastructure company, which in total represents a multiple of approximately 12 times estimated 2016 Adjusted Operating Cash Flow[1].

    CenturyLink plans to use the net proceeds from this sale to partly fund its acquisition of Level 3 Communications announced on October 31, 2016 . These two transactions further advance CenturyLink's strategy to improve lives by connecting people to the power of the digital world.

    "After conducting a thorough review process, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with BC Partners," said Glen F. Post III , chief executive officer and president of CenturyLink. "We believe this transaction will benefit customers, employees and investors. Both CenturyLink and BC Partners have a strong customer focus and are committed to ensuring a seamless transition of the customers and their colocation environments."

    CenturyLink will continue to focus on offering customers a wide range of IT services and solutions, including network, managed hosting and cloud. Though it will no longer own the data centers, CenturyLink will continue to offer colocation services as part of its product portfolio through its commercial relationships to be entered into at closing with the BC Partners/Medina-led consortium.

    Justin Bateman , a managing partner at BC Partners, said, "We are excited to be acquiring CenturyLink's portfolio of data center assets. CenturyLink has built and maintained an impressive global footprint of colocation data centers that is unparalleled for a portfolio of assets of this size. Led by Manny Medina and his management team at Medina Capital, these data centers will become part of a new, global secure infrastructure platform that will meet the growing and changing needs of customers today and for the future. We thank Glen Post and the entire team at CenturyLink for their partnership, and we look forward to working together to offer all the data centers' existing customers, as well as new customers, unrivaled datacenter and colocation services."

    Under terms of the agreement, the BC Partners/Medina-led consortium will assume ownership of CenturyLink's portfolio of 57 data centers at closing. The data center portfolio includes approximately 195 megawatts of power across 2.6 million square feet of raised floor capacity.

    The purchase agreement contains various customary covenants for transactions of this type, including commitments of CenturyLink to indemnify the purchaser for certain taxes and other specified matters, subject to certain limitations.

    The parties anticipate closing the transaction in the first quarter of 2017. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, including filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States , as well as other customary closing conditions.

    BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are acting as CenturyLink's financial advisors and Jones Walker is acting as CenturyLink's legal advisor.

    LionTree Advisors acted as financial advisor to BC Partners and its consortium investors. Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as legal advisor and PricewaterhouseCoopers is serving as accounting advisor. Citigroup, JP Morgan, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Jefferies, HSBC, Macquarie and Citizens have underwritten the debt package to finance the acquisition.

    Greenberg Traurig served as legal advisor to Medina Capital. Vedder Price served as legal advisor to Longview Asset Management.

    About CenturyLink
    CenturyLink (CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America , Europe and Asia . The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

    About BC Partners
    Founded in 1986 as one of the few truly pan-European buy-out investors, BC Partners has grown and evolved into a leader in buy-outs, principally investing in larger businesses in the region and selectively in North America through its established network of offices in London , Paris , Hamburg and New York . BC Partners continues to identify attractive investment opportunities by focusing on the best balance of risk and reward for its investors and is currently advising funds totaling over €12 billion.

    Since inception, BC Partners has completed 92 transactions with a total enterprise value of €115 billion and has delivered superior returns through economic cycles, demonstrating discipline in bull markets and an ability to invest in attractive opportunities amidst turbulence and recession.

    About Medina Capital
    Medina Capital is a private equity firm investing growth capital in innovative companies in the cybersecurity, data analytics, cloud infrastructure and software-as-a-service markets. Medina Capital's philosophy emphasizes funding high-growth companies with established products that will benefit from the strategic guidance of the firm's experience and expertise in the technology sector. For more information on Medina Capital visit http://www.medinacapital.com.

    About Longview Asset Management
    Longview Asset Management oversees direct public and private investments on behalf of individuals, trusts, and charitable foundations associated with a private family. Longview's public market investments span a broad range of industries, including health care, manufacturing, aerospace, software, and business and financial services. As a steward of permanent capital with minimal liquidity needs, Longview also works flexibly with management teams and financial sponsors to acquire and hold private businesses, and has completed such investments in a range of industries including ecommerce, banking, manufacturing, direct marketing, education, retail, and hydrocarbon infrastructure.

    http://newswire.telecomramblings.com...edina-capital/

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    Billionaire Manny Medina embarks on new business venture

    Debora Lima
    Nov 4, 2016

    As the founder of Terremark Worldwide, Medina Capital and eMerge Americas, Manny Medina is credited with getting South Florida on track to becoming a technology hub.

    Now the mogul is embarking on a new venture.

    By fusing the cybersecurity and analytics portfolio of Medina Capital with the newly acquired properties of communications company CenturyLink, Medina will take the helm as CEO of a Miami-based multinational data center and cybersecurity firm.

    The joint venture, between Medina Capital and international private equity firm BC Parnters, is unnamed as of yet.

    “We're combining a worldwide footprint of best-in-class data centers with cutting-edge security and analytics services, integrating these capabilities into a global, highly secure platform that meets today's critical enterprise, public sector and service provider demands for cybersecurity, colocation and connectivity," Medina said.

    Company stakeholders expect it to garner more than 3,500 customers across the fast-growing information security sector.

    “There is a growing need by companies around the world who are seeking greater flexibility over their IT infrastructure and a greater focus on the demand for an expansive suite of applications to be closely and securely interconnected with customers, suppliers, software vendors, financial service providers and cloud providers,” said BC Partners managing partner Justin Bateman. “Our new venture is an answer to that need.”

    The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, pending regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/southflor...-business.html

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    Telecom CEO’s Deal-Making Puts Louisiana Town at Center of Internet

    Glen F. Post is vying to turn Monroe-based CenturyLink into one of the world’s biggest web providers


    By Drew FitzGerald and Joann S. Lublin
    Nov. 2, 2016


    When Glen F. Post III took the top job at CenturyTel in 1992, the first website was little more than a year old, IBM computers dominated the workplace and mobile phones stood nearly a foot tall.

    Some 24 years later, the internet and cellphones have supplanted phone lines as the telecommunications industry’s main businesses, pushing many regional players into the arms of bigger rivals. But Mr. Post still leads the Monroe, La., company, now called CenturyLink Inc., and is vying to turn it into one of the biggest internet providers in the world.

    The 64-year-old executive is an unlikely skipper in the ego-charged media and telecom sector. He still lives in the small town of Farmerville, where he grew up and which is a half-hour drive from CenturyLink’s headquarters complex on Monroe’s outskirts. People who know him say he likes to hunt ducks, doesn’t drink and rarely raises his voice.

    “He’s just a country boy at heart,” said Bill Boles, a former director and executive who started working for the telephone company in 1981. “He knows where he came from but he also knows that he runs the largest company in Louisiana.”

    More than that, CenturyLink is poised to become one of the world’s biggest internet carriers by adding Level 3 Communications Inc., which has customers in more than 60 countries and thousands of miles of fiber-optic cables spanning four continents. Mr. Post struck a $25 billion cash-and-stock deal this week to take over the Broomfield, Colo., company.



    Mr. Post is among the longest-serving S&P 500 company CEOs who didn’t found the business they run, according to Equilar, a consulting firm. And he has held the top spot despite being an aggressive deal maker, scooping up Sprint Corp.’s former landline business for about $6 billion and Qwest Communications International Inc. in a $10.6 billion deal. In 2002, he fended off a hostile approach from Alltel Corp. by selling his company’s wireless business to its rival, keeping the company independent but heavily dependent on landlines.

    Acquisitions often require good timing, and “timing is one of Glen’s great gifts,’’ said William A. Owens, CenturyLink’s board chairman, adding that Mr. Post scrutinized Level 3 as a possible takeover target for several years. Mr. Post declined to be interviewed for this article.

    As it has before, CenturyLink said it would keep the combined company’s headquarters in Monroe, a river town of some 50,000 about a four-hour drive from New Orleans and which was named after the first steamboat to visit it. That is in keeping with Mr. Post’s past acquisitions, which have added new directors from out of state but kept the company’s roots in Louisiana. Two directors live in Monroe itself, according to the town’s mayor.

    “We made a lot of flights to Monroe, which isn’t easy to get to,” said Jim Ousley, who ran the company’s IT business after it acquired his data center company, Savvis Inc., in 2011. “But the team that he has is very loyal to him.”

    When Mr. Post took command, it had less than $400 million in revenue and about 2,800 employees. If he completes the Level 3 deal, Mr. Post will run a business with nearly $25 billion of revenue and 55,000 employees. It will also have roughly $30 billion in debt.

    Mr. Ousley said the company has kept its regional culture even as it adds more globally focused network operators. “We used to always say that the telco guys have the phone lines in their DNA,” Mr. Ousley said, but to Mr. Post’s credit, “he’s making a move” to diversify.

    Mr. Post, who studied accounting and received an M.B.A. from Louisiana Tech University, joined the local phone company in 1976 and worked his way up, taking over as CEO from the company’s longtime owner. The former accountant is known to whip out an HP12c calculator, even as CEO, to check the math on big deals.

    Extremely loyal to his fellow staffers, Mr. Post greets many by their first names at the office or when he sees them in church. “He nurtures his folks. He will counsel. He will pray with them,’’ said Mr. Owens, CenturyLink’s chairman.

    Mr. Post hasn’t said when he plans to retire. Nevertheless, “there is a succession plan,” Mr. Owens said. ”The board talks about it a lot.”

    Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said the executive’s down-to-earth demeanor belies his business savvy. “If you’re in a room and he’s in that room, if you didn’t know him you wouldn’t expect him to be a president and CEO,” Mr. Mayo said. ”He’s a guy to kind of fade into everybody else.”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/telecom-...net-1478123264

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    "The BC Partners/Medina-led consortium will assume ownership of CenturyLink’s portfolio of 57 data centers, with 195 megawatts of power across 2.6 million square feet of raised floor capacity."

    Exclusive: BC Partners in lead to acquire CenturyLink's data centers
    Tue Oct 11, 2016

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    CenturyLink hopes to get more than $2.5 billion for the portfolio of properties it started building with the acquisition of data center provider Savvis in 2011, also for $2.5 billion. The company has substantially grown the portfolio since the acquisition by both expanding in existing locations and adding new ones.

    ...

    CenturyLink’s attempt to divest the data centers has been complicated by the fact that it leases many of its facilities from Digital Realty Trust. CenturyLink is the REIT’s second-biggest tenant by annualized rent, leasing about 2.3 million square feet across 51 locations, according to Digital’s second-quarter 2016 investor presentation.

    http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/a...-data-centers/
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ce...-idUSKCN12B2HO

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    CenturyLink Is Keeping Its Cloud Business Amid Sale

    CenturyLink Sells Its Colo Business to Fund Level 3 Deal

    Scott Fulton III
    November 4, 2016

    In a move that was anticipated before, during, and after its $34 billion acquisition deal for Level 3 Communications announced earlier this week, CenturyLink — America’s third-largest phone service provider — now says it is selling its colocation business, which includes some 57 data centers in North America, Europe, and Asia.

    The move will net CenturyLink around $2.15 billion in cash plus $150 million in stock in a new joint venture company, being formed by buyers Medina Capital and BC Partners.

    The new joint venture has yet to be named, although Data Center Knowledge has learned it will become a collection of several IT service providers, including cybersecurity — not just a colo provider. Co-buyer Medina Capital is based in Coral Gables, Florida. According to records, Medina began funding security and analytics services businesses and activities in 2012, making only two acquisitions since that time, both in 2013.

    BC Partners, on the other side of the scale, is a three-decade-old London-based private equity firm specializing in what the equities industry calls “defensive growth” plays: assets that are non-cyclical in nature, and whose gains come more from revenue returns than from capital growth.

    The Value of Savvis

    What these new venture partners are getting for their $2.15 billion plus stock is Savvis, which CenturyLink acquired in 2011 in a $2.5 billion cash + stock deal. (It’s been reported that CenturyLink was seeking $2.5 billion for today’s deal, but settled for $2.15 billion.) Collectively, Savvis boasts more than 2.6 million feet of floor space worldwide, serving 3,500 customers connected by about 401,000 miles of cable. Its expansions over the past few years in Canada earned praise from IDC MarketScape just last month.

    Savvis’ secret, as Data Center Knowledge reported in November 2015, is that it leases most of the properties in its portfolio, except for those acquired during the 2011 Qwest deal. It was a way to keep costs down, but as CenturyLink CEO Glen Post told analysts during a quarterly earnings call that month, that strategy wasn’t paying off.

    “For us to really grow the colo business, it requires really more CapEx than we’ve been willing to put in the business,” said Post [our thanks to Seeking Alpha for the transcript]. “We said that, up-front, that we weren’t going to invest heavily in the data centers — that we felt they were a synergistic asset that we could grow with the rest of our business. However, with the valuations. . . we think our cash flow could be used for investments that can drive higher returns, basically, and drive better shareholder value.”

    Last Monday, Post told analysts that growth for his firm’s colo business was basically flat — with revenue declining 0.2 percent annually. This while his content delivery network service was growing 15 percent annually, and managed security services 16 percent. When asked whether Level 3’s data centers would add anything to CenturyLink’s portfolio, Post sloughed off the question as not “a major consideration of ours.”

    The Security Angle

    For its part, the new and unnamed joint venture’s strategy will be to combine Savvis’ data centers with a treasure trove of established security services, all of whose deals were also announced today:

    • Addison, Texas-based Brainspace is one of the joint venture’s acquisitions, for an undisclosed sum. It specializes in machine learning of information through the analysis of textual documents in multiple languages, drawing a collective database of conceptual connections deduced from that text.
    • Miami-based Easy Solutions, an electronic fraud protection service, is being acquired by the joint venture, again for an undisclosed sum. That company’s engineers have recently been applying a venerable, old artificial intelligence algorithm called isolation forests to deduce behavior patterns from a system using alternative methods to traditional machine learning.
    • Cryptzone, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a known player in the security space. It’s a leading proponent of a concept called software-defined perimeter — a way to render virtualized networks more secure by altering the perception of its “endpoints” to networks on the outside.
    • Scotts Valley, California-based Catbird is an advocate of a concept called microsegmentation — effectively rendering small components of a network asset as belonging to a domain, without housing them all within the same volumes, VMs, or resources. It’s a way of breaking networks into very small pieces, distributing them everywhere, and yet have them still all work as though they were seamlessly woven together.


    Clearly, the new group’s plan is to use scientific security means as a differentiator for its colocation services, offering more than just a lot of space and reliable power. But since Savvis was leasing a lot of that space from asset owners, it will be interesting to see how the new group plans to deploy all these new, and very high-minded, services on systems it does not (yet) own.

    On Friday, Medina Capital founder and managing partner Manuel D. Medina issued this statement: “We’re combining a worldwide footprint of best-in-class data centers with cutting-edge security and analytics services, integrating these capabilities into a global, highly secure platform that meets today’s critical enterprise, public sector and service provider demands for cybersecurity, colocation and connectivity. Our customers will be able to leverage a suite of on-net security and advanced analytics services deeply integrated into the data center.”

    In an interview with Boston Business Journal published Friday, Cryptzone CEO Barry Field said, “We don’t see anybody else in the infrastructure world who’s coming at it from a cybersecurity perspective.”

    The new group expects to close its deal with CenturyLink in the first calendar quarter of 2017, which is not a lot of time to execute this deep integration plan. CenturyLink executives will likely provide much further comment on the deal next Thursday, during a presentation at a Wells Fargo conference on media and telecom in New York City.

    http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/a...-level-3-deal/

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    What these new venture partners are getting for their $2.15 billion plus stock is Savvis, which CenturyLink acquired in 2011 in a $2.5 billion cash + stock deal. Collectively, Savvis boasts more than 2.6 million feet of floor space worldwide, serving 3,500 customers
    1) Na época, a CenturyLink além de pagar US$ 2,5 bilhões também assumiu a divida de US$ 700 milhões da Savvis.

    2) Não estão levando apenas a Savvis mas os data centers da Qwest também.

    Tunel do Tempo:


    Rich Miller on July 18, 2011

    A little more than a year ago, CenturyLink was little known in the data center sector, as the Monroe, Louisiana company was focused on telecom and Internet connectivity. But not any more. After Friday’s closing of its $2.5 billion acquisition of Savvis Communications, CenturyLink is suddenly one of the largest players in the data center business. The company now owns 48 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia with more than 1.9 million square feet of raised floor space.

    ...

    CenturyLink acquired 17 data centers in 12 cities around the U.S. in April 2010 when it bought Qwest for more than $10 billion.

    ...

    Now Largest Tenant for Digital Realty

    The completion of the Savvis deal also makes CenturyLink the largest customer of Digital Realty Trust (DLR), the real estate investment trust that specializes in the data center sector. CenturyLink now leases 36 data centers from Digital Realty, representing 2.63 million square feet of total space and more than $76 million in annualized rent.

    “We view this merger very positively, as it represents an upgrade in credit quality for our largest tenant,” Digital Realty CEO Michael Foust said in a recent earnings call. “An acquisition of Savvis has been widely speculated in the market for months, so this was not unexpected.”

    http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/a...nter-behemoth/

    CenturyLink Set to Acquire Savvis for $2.5 Billion
    By Dealbook April 27, 2011

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    Under the terms of the deal, CenturyLink will pay $40 a share for Savvis, 11 percent above the stock’s closing price on Tuesday. CenturyLink will also assume $700 million in debt.

    ...

    By adding Savvis, CenturyLink will expand its data storage services for global companies. The combined company will have 48 data centers around the world, with 1.9 million square feet of floor space.

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    http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/04/...-billion/?_r=0

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    Qwest Opens 17th Data Center
    February 15, 2010 Telecom News

    Qwest Communications today announced that they have opened their 17th data center nationwide, which is also Qwest’s third data center in Washington DC. The new 129k square foot datacenter will be supporting a single federal government customer.


    Rich Miller on April 22, 2010

    As part of the transaction, CenturyLink will assume Qwest's outstanding debt of $12 billion.

    Qwest operates 17 CyberCenters in 12 locations around the U.S., including Albuquerque; Denver; Burbank, Sacramento and Sunnyvale, Calif.; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Minneapolis; Newark, N.J.; Seattle and three sites in Sterling, Va.


    June 22, 2010

    Savvis currently operates 31 data centers around the world, encompassing more than 1.5 million square feet of raised floor space designed to support enterprise IT operations.

    More than 2,500 unique clients, including 30 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, use Savvis ...


    Stacey Higginbotham Apr 27, 2011
    Why Buying Savvis Makes Perfect Sense for CenturyLink

    The $3.2 billion acquisition ...

    The proposed acquisition includes $2.5 billion in cash and stock for Savvis shareholders and $700 million in assumed net debt.

    Together, the two companies will operate 48 data centers located in North America, Europe, and Asia with more than 1.9 million square feet of gross floor space, a national 207,000-route-mile fiber network and a 190,000-mile global access network.

    CenturyLink got into the data center game when it acquired Qwest, which brought the rural telco provider 17 data centers as well as a burgeoning cloud services effort.

    https://gigaom.com/2011/04/27/why-bu...r-centurylink/

    "The completion of the Savvis deal also makes CenturyLink the largest customer of Digital Realty Trust (DLR), the real estate investment trust that specializes in the data center sector. CenturyLink now leases 36 data centers from Digital Realty, representing 2.63 million square feet of total space"


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    CenturyLink Partner Ecosystem 'Absolutely Essential'

    Edward Gately
    November 04, 2016

    Ending months of speculation, CenturyLink is selling its data centers and colocation business to BC Partners, in a consortium that includes Medina Capital Advisors and Longview Asset Management.

    CenturyLink will get a minority stake valued at $150 million in the consortium’s new global secure infrastructure company. The BC Partners/Medina Capital-led consortium will assume ownership of CenturyLink's portfolio of 57 data centers [5 in the south east of England -- these are located in Slough, Reading and London’s Docklands] at closing.

    David Meredith, CenturyLink’s senior vice president of global data-center hosting, tells Channel Partners his company wants to focus its capital investments on items related to the network and managed hosting, and to do that, it doesn’t “necessarily need to own the data centers." BC Partners is well capitalized, and Medina Capital has a lot of experience in the data-center business and also brings additional capabilities to the new company, “which will help us provide an even broader range of capabilities for our customers," he said.

    “The nature of this will be very much like a partnership," he said. “CenturyLink will continue to sell into the data centers their full suite of hybrid IT solutions, from network to colocation, to managed hosting to private cloud. CenturyLink will also be the largest customer of the new company, so there [are] a lot of really close connections and relationships that will remain between CenturyLink and the data centers going forward."

    The new entity will be able to invest in expanding the data centers and adding capacity, and CenturyLink will be able to continue to invest in bringing hybrid IT offerings to the customers in those data centers, Meredith said.

    “The CenturyLink partner ecosystem is absolutely essential to the plans going forward," he said. “We’re looking to grow the business and we’re looking to work very closely with the partners in the ecosystem to help drive that growth and drive that business. We want to be able to reach out to as many customers as possible to come into these data centers and that’s where the partner ecosystem comes into play."

    CenturyLink said it plans to use the net proceeds from the sale to partly fund its $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications announced on Monday. That deal is set to close next fall.

    The data center deal is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2017.

    "After conducting a thorough review process, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with BC Partners," said Glen Post, CenturyLink’s president and CEO. "We believe this transaction will benefit customers, employees and investors. Both CenturyLink and BC Partners have a strong customer focus and are committed to ensuring a seamless transition of the customers and their colocation environments."

    http://www.channelpartnersonline.com...-essentia.aspx
    Ainda não consegui entender o que foi exatamente vendido.

    Venderam um grupo de empresas, a Savvis Inc e suas trocentas subsidiarias, ou venderam ativos da Savvis/CenturyLink? Como a CenturyLink será a maior cliente da nova empresa? Os contratos com alegados 3500 clientes serão subcontratados?

    Uma colega discordou do titulo do tópico argumentando que o comprador foi um consórcio, não o fundador da Terremark. Formalmente, ela está correta. Contudo, no meu entendimento e imaginação, a iniciativa e estruturação do negócio foi do Medina, essencialmente uma terceirização de serviços com pagamento de uma taxa módica de admissão de US$ 2 bilhões. Grátis: infraestrutura de 57 data centers.

    Se a idéia de terceirizar foi da CenturyLink ou do Medina, a implementação exigia competência e experiência comprovadas -- equipe do Medina, e um investidor com perfil adequado -- BC Partners:

    The majority of value created in BC Partners investments has originated from a combination of the following factors:

    (i) market growth;
    (ii) return on capital employed;
    (iii) increased operational efficiency; and
    (iv) synergies from acquisitions or mergers.
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    Gartner

    Published: 03 August 2016 ID: G00278620
    Analyst(s): Lydia Leong, Gregor Petri, Bob Gill, Mike Dorosh

    CenturyLink

    CenturyLink, a U.S.-based global communications service provider, acquired Savvis in 2011. It acquired Tier 3, a pure-play cloud IaaS provider, in November 2013, and merged it into Savvis to create the CenturyLink Technology Solutions business unit, where its cloud efforts reside.

    Offerings: CenturyLink Cloud (CLC) is VMware-virtualized; it can be either multitenant or fully single-tenant. CLC also has an option for bare-metal servers. CenturyLink continues to sell legacy Savvis offerings, such as Cloud Data Center 2 and Cloud Servers, when those solutions are appropriate. The Marketplace Provider Program provides third-party software. Enterprise-grade support is extra. Managed services are optional. CenturyLink offers an aPaaS (AppFog), but it is not yet a fully integrated solution.

    Locations: CLC is available in multiple data centers across the U.S., along with Canada, the U.K., Germany, Australia and Singapore. The legacy Savvis cloud offerings are available in a broad range of data centers globally. CenturyLink has global sales, and business is conducted in local languages, but the service is offered only in English.

    Recommended mode (*): CenturyLink primarily appeals to Mode 1 buyers, but may meet Mode 2 requirements that are limited to basic cloud IaaS.

    Recommended uses: Self-service cloud IaaS in conjunction with managed services, for all applications that run well in a virtualized environment, excluding batch computing.

    STRENGTHS

    • CenturyLink's Platform CenturyLink vision is rooted in the ability to deliver the breadth of CenturyLink's capabilities in an API-accessible and composable fashion. It has built a solid platform for increasing CenturyLink's own agility and ability to deliver new service offerings. CenturyLink is integrating its IaaS and PaaS offerings, and is building out broader service capabilities, including automation-augmented managed services. It is increasingly signaling the desire to be platform-neutral, including potentially managing other providers' cloud services or a customer's on-premises infrastructure, with services such as Runner, its Ansible-based hybrid infrastructure management solution.


    • While CenturyLink is increasingly focused on using the cloud as a means to enter the data center outsourcing market, it nevertheless has a competitive feature set for self-service, and successfully blends the self-service and managed services models across a hybrid solution portfolio. CenturyLink has a track record of successfully delivering enterprise-class solutions, including managed security services. The existing CenturyLink base of managed hosting, colocation and network customers provides it with cross-selling opportunities.


    CAUTIONS

    • CenturyLink has a solidly capable and well-implemented basic offering, and has been executing successfully on its roadmap, but that roadmap is not sufficiently aggressive for the pace of the market. CenturyLink is potentially in an uncomfortable "in between" place in the market. On one side are market leaders that have broad portfolios of capabilities and managed service provider partners, and who are increasingly capable of attracting risk-averse customers that might have previously chosen a vendor like CenturyLink. On the other side are niche providers who specialize in specific applications and compliance requirements.


    • Cloud leadership turnover, as well as CenturyLink's exploration of strategic alternatives for its data center assets, create additional uncertainty around its future cloud ambitions. It is unclear if CenturyLink is willing to continue investing deeply in cloud IaaS and PaaS offerings beyond the core platform capabilities it needs to underpin Platform CenturyLink and its communications services. Customers should ensure that CLC will continue to meet their needs in the future.





    [*] We note whether the vendor's offerings are likely to appeal to Mode 1 safety-and-efficiency-oriented IT, Mode 2 agility-oriented IT, or both. We also note whether the offerings are likely to be useful for organizations seeking IT transformation. This recommendation reflects the way that a provider goes to market, provides service and support, and designs its offerings. All such statements are specific to the provider's cloud IaaS offering, not the provider as a whole.

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