A CenturyLink (CTL) company called Savvis recently announced that its Savvis Symphony Virtual Private Data Center (VPDC) cloud solutions will be available to Canadian customers. This will allow clients to experience improved "business agility through improved efficiency from their IT infrastructure".
With a company like Savvis under its belt, CenturyLink can be a serious player in that all-important technological market that we can see growing every day: cloud computing. Savvis is a leader in this domain. What makes Savvis particularly valuable is that there is a growing demand for its services across the world. The data center will also appeal to a variety of different customers as there are numerous different services and features provided by the system. Consumers will be able to personalize the system to suit their own needs.
At this point in time, the Canadian cloud market is very small in scope, at least as compared to those of other countries. This presents an opportunity for web hosting providers to sell cloud services to Canadian companies as well as the country's government organizations on premises.
This move means that CenturyLink, through Savvis, will have a far firmer foothold in the Canadian market. Its presence will be well established, which will keep the door open for any future advancement that may need to occur in the area.
In general, we can see that there is an increase in demand for cloud computing solutions. By extending Symphony VPDC into Canada, the company is essentially able to address both local and global demand for cloud services. This means that CenturyLink and Savvis stand to become a leader in the arena. Canada is not the only area where Savvis has made its mark with cloud computing technology. Recently, the company also made announcements about cloud expansions in a variety of other countries including Germany, Japan and Hong Kong. The company announced that it plans to extend its cloud services to new territories all over the world, so hopefully this expansion in Canada does not mark the end of its move towards making its presence more deeply felt. This is good to hear - the Asian markets are the ones that are expanding most rapidly, so an interest in this part of the world will probably mean good things for the stock in the future. As compared to a number of other competitors in the market, CenturyLink seems to have a lot more going for it.
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A focus on cloud computing is what we need to see in tech stocks if they are to be successful. This is a good focus for the CenturyLink subsidiary to have. With a little more work and a more intensive focus on the cloud, CenturyLink will be able to keep its strong position in the technology market. In addition, I feel that things can only improve for the company from here on out. If Savvis continues to expand operations throughout the world, this will have a great impact on CenturyLink stock. It also seems at the moment that there are not a lot of companies that are making this global approach at the cloud question, which may also give CenturyLink a good lead. As long as the cloud hangs overhead, CenturyLink should see stable growth.
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