MONROE, La., Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that Highwinds, a global content delivery network (CDN) provider, has chosen CenturyLink to help the company continue optimizing its global content delivery platform. Businesses worldwide depend on Highwinds CDN to stream video, distribute games, serve advertising assets and deliver software, apps and websites.

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CenturyLink data center hosting services and network services enable Winter Park, Fla.-based Highwinds to better focus its resources on continued innovation and customer service. Since expanding into two CenturyLink data centers nine months ago, Highwinds has reduced certain hosting costs by nearly 50 percent. Highwinds chose CenturyLink for its reliability, security, network diversity and interconnectivity options across a large, established customer base.

"In media, entertainment, gaming and beyond, Highwinds enables users to access content immediately, whether it's a mobile app, online game or rich media," said Jason Griner, vice president of carrier relations, Highwinds. "We take this commitment seriously, and CenturyLink helps us continue to keep all our customer promises."

Highwinds' global, high-capacity CDN delivers content to millions of end users, all around the world, every day. Highwinds' agile network needs to support clients' sustained growth, plus handle huge traffic spikes during game releases, when videos go viral, and on major online shopping days.

"In today's digital world, businesses and consumers alike have drastically increased needs for reliable, secure connectivity," said David Meredith, senior vice president, global data centers, CenturyLink. "In order to meet these demands, organizations must be able to address fast-changing customer requirements. Highwinds is not only doing this; it's also taking an innovative approach to stay ahead of the curve."  

CenturyLink solutions enable customers to drive their businesses forward. Through a dedicated network connection, the company delivers 100 Gigabit Ethernet Optical Wavelength Service to enterprise customers; research, financial and educational institutions; and Internet content providers across the U.S. and in select international cities. CenturyLink's network is a gateway for enterprises to connect with data centers, service providers and business locations that are on-net with CenturyLink, enabling customers to implement a hybrid IT strategy. CenturyLink's expanded Interconnection Ecosystem delivers connectivity with 99 different carriers and network providers across the company's 58 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Robust connectivity options provide access to ISVs, content-delivery networks, financial matching engines, carrier hotels and on-net access to more than 260 data center facilities.

As a leading provider of hybrid IT solutions across colocation, managed hosting, cloud, network and IT services, CenturyLink is committed to operational excellence in its data centers, and is the first company to pursue Uptime Institute's M&O Stamp of Approval at the global portfolio level. 

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

About Highwinds Network Group
Highwinds Network Group is a content delivery, network, and cloud-based IP services business that offers a comprehensive suite of solutions, including CDN, cloud storage, full site acceleration, security, privacy, and IP software.  The company delivers content over its high-performance RollingThunder network to millions of global users every day. Highwinds CDN customers gain unprecedented command and control with its StrikeTracker console and open APIs.  Highwinds is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., and maintains data centers around the world.  For more information, visit

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