IBM Expands Cloud Relationships With Network Providers

IBM is expanding its Direct Link services through new collaborations with leading network and data center providers to help enterprises adopt hybrid cloud infrastructures. IBM Direct Link enables enterprises to directly plug into the IBM Cloud through private and secure IP network connections.

“With help from providers such as Verizon, Equinix and Digital Realty, we’re giving clients more options for connecting to our cloud platform,” said Jack Beech, VP of business development for SoftLayer, an IBM Company. “Users can connect directly into our Infrastructure as a Service from their global data centers or offices using Direct Link, benefiting from a faster, more reliable and more secure connection than is typical through the public internet.”

The enhanced services include new colocation capabilities enabling companies to house their own infrastructure in a secure cabinet within an IBM Cloud data center while connecting directly into the IBM Cloud network from 13 global data center locations. They can also move workloads to and from the IBM Cloud as if they are part of their local area network.

By adding more companies to the Direct Link network, IBM is simplifying the way customers can adopt and leverage a hybrid cloud model. In addition to working with Verizon, Equinix and Digital Realty, these services are offered globally from InterXion and NextDC, as well as customers on the Colt network.

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