Gery Messer, Asia Pacific Managing Director of CentryLink Technology Solutions
There are pure cloud players and there are classic IT providers. CenturyLink Technology Solutions, owned by US' third largest telco CenturyLink, has decided to position itself somewhere in the middle, making itself relevant to both the developer community and the big enterprises globally.
This is according to Gery Messer, Asia Pacific Managing Director of CentryLink Technology Solutions who was addressing the media on the inevitable shift to cloud for enterprises in APAC and Singapore on March 11.
This US$18.1 billion company has 57 data centres globally that serves nearly 2,500 customers. In APAC alone, they have 6 data centres located in Tokyo, Singapore (2), Hong Kong (2) and Banagalore, supporting key verticals of financial services and consumer goods.
In this changing business and technology landscape where shift to the cloud is inevitable, Messer sees major growth opportunity in the region for his company. "We are expecting double digit growth in the region," he said. "We want to bring the company's expansion to the next level, attracting talent and customers."
This was the first major announcement made by this data hosting company after announcing its name change from Savvis to current name in late January this year. "We are pleased to become CenturyLink Technology Solutions, as aligning our brand with CenturyLink demonstrates the deeper ties to the broad portfolio of IT solutions that we collectively deliver for businesses," Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink Technology Solutions, had then announced. "Though our name is changing, our customers will continue to be served by the same account teams providing the same excellent levels of service and experience that enterprises have come to expect from us."
Currently, the company has 170 operations staff in Singapore and about 800 in APAC.
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According to Messer, who cited figures from the Vanson Bourne 2014 study, within 5 years, 70 percent of infrastructure will be outsourced. "The factors behind this are controlling of costs, focusing resources on business-critical applications and collaboration across the business," he said.
Messer highlighted some interesting points from the study. For example, even as companies adopt hybrid models in their shift towards outsourced cloud, for businesses in Singapore, the shift will happen much more rapidly compared to the global average.
Also consider these two points from the study:
- In Singapore, 42 percent of the surveyed companies currently have their IT infrastructures fully in-house, but that will change very rapidly. In just two years (by 2015), only 10 percent of the surveyed companies see themselves still using in-house infrastructures, with 32 percent and 28 percent seeing themselves using Outsourced Managed Services and Co-location respectively.
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