New cloud node in Toronto gives customers more choice and flexibility for Canadian-based cloud services

The CenturyLink Cloud global footprint expansion continues.

Today, we’re excited to give customers a new public cloud deployment option in Canada. Effective immediately, customers can deploy and manage virtual resources in our “CA3” cloud node in our CenturyLink Toronto “TR1” facility.

For businesses based in Canada, and those that do business in Canada – this new CenturyLink Cloud node offers several benefits: data sovereignty (for compliance), performance (host your apps close to your users) and the best aspects of having the CenturyLink Cloud available in a CenturyLink facility:

  • Scale.  The CA3 node is built to handle the pent-up demand for cloud services in Canada.
  • Advanced connectivity. CenturyLink customers who already deploy resources in our TR1 location can now connect existing infrastructure to our public cloud offering. Customers using nearby TR3, our new Toronto data center opening later this year, will also be able to take advantage of this capability.
  • Self-service access to a robust set of cloud services.Users have Lots of options to build and manage enterprise cloud environments, including Hyperscale instances with 100% flash storage for Hadoop and NoSQL workloads.

Have additional questions?  We’ve got answers!

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What cloud services are available in this location?

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Our new CA3 facility boasts the full CenturyLink Cloud product catalog, including:

  • Compute.  Deploy servers with custom CPU and RAM dimensions.  Recent benchmarking results by third parties show how powerful our servers are – see for yourself here.
  • Storage.   Block storage for app data.  Customers can opt for our premium storage option that auto-replicates data from our Toronto facility to our Vancouver location.  This provides geo-redundancy and preserves data sovereignty for mission-critical workloads.  Object storage is not available in this facility, but it is available in Canada.
  • Networking. Create and manage complex network topologies all via self-service - load balancers, VPNs, and firewalls.

I’m a CenturyLink customer with deployments in Toronto.  What capabilities does this new node offer?

Good news – you can now extend these environments to CenturyLink Cloud via direct connect and IPSEC VPNs in some cases. This configuration delivers better performance (via ultra-low latency connections), robust security (new security add-ons are available), and lower cost (since the public Internet is bypassed, thereby lowering bandwidth fees).

Are cloud-based managed services available in this location on CenturyLink Cloud?

Today managed services on CenturyLink Cloud are available in Santa Clara and Sterling. Look for them in Canada in coming months.