Companies that utilize colocation need to have access to strong network connectivity, especially with the rapidly increasingly amounts of data prompted by “big data” and the Internet of Things (IoT). This enables them to keep connected with their customers through a network that offers high availability and low latency.

Cloud and CDN Connectivity continue to be a focus for CenturyLink. We have established a very robust infrastructure within data centers and beyond to provide clients with access to multiple cloud providers, and our network connectivity continues to expand. We currently offer access to 105 different carriers across our fleet of data centers, enabling our customers to make the connections that will drive their market growth.

A growing Interconnection Ecosystem like ours provides secure and reliable data center connectivity. It is accomplished by staying on top of the latest innovations in data center connectivity and listening to our customers’ needs. Without a continual strategy to improve our connectivity infrastructure, we risk the chance of falling behind our competitors and failing to meet our customers’ increasing need for widespread connectivity. That’s why it’s so important for us to meet often with industry experts and discuss the trends and changes in data center connectivity.

Tomorrow’s Sixth Annual Northern California Data Center Summit hosted by CapRate will bring together industry experts to offer comprehensive market analysis of the opportunities and challenges in the data center industry. Scheduled for February 21-22 in San Francisco, it will feature networking opportunities and informational panels on new data center trends and emerging themes.

I’ll be taking part in a panel discussion at the event on February 22 from 9:25 to 10:15 a.m. titled “The Impact of Connectivity Innovations on Data Centers: Analysis of Network Reconfiguration to Support Evolving Needs.” We’ll discuss what industries are driving the Northern California market, what differentiates it from a connectivity perspective from other regional markets and what demands customers in that market have. We’ll also examine the importance of bandwidth and latency requirements, connectivity and integration of the cloud and what will make the biggest impact on the data center market in 2017 in terms of connectivity.

 If you plan on attending next week’s CapRate event in San Francisco, please consider attending the panel discussion in which I’ll be participating. If you can’t take part in it but are interested in how to choose a data center provider that offers top-tier services, including connectivity, please read our white paper, “Six Important Considerations When Choosing a Colocation Provider.”

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