By Wendy White. Find Wendy on Twitter at @wendywhite.
Q&A with James Newkirk, CenturyLink Cloud VP of Engineering
This week CenturyLink will celebrate the opening of our Cloud Development Center in Bellevue, WA. I sat down with James Newkirk, Engineering VP for CenturyLink Cloud, who anchored the team designing and overseeing the build out of the new Center’s space to get his insights on what went into the design.
Why did we select Bellevue, WA as the home of our new Cloud Development Center?
Seattle and its surrounding area are the growing center of the cloud universe. We know that if we want to tap into the growing talent pool of cloud computing experts and developers, the greater Seattle area is a great place to be.
We chose our new location in Bellevue for a couple of reasons. First, as a nod to our heritage with Tier 3 which was founded and headquartered in Bellevue. Secondly, was access to transportation – a lot of employees use public transport and our new location is close to the transit center. Finally it’s very central to great restaurants – we wanted employees to have options to get quality food on lunch breaks or easy access to social outlets. We all know engineers like food.