IBM Expands SoftLayer Direct Link Services
IBM accelerates hybrid cloud adoption with new secure Direct Link services in collaboration with providers such as Verizon and Equinix.IBM announced it is expanding its Direct Link services through new collaborations with Verizon, Equinix, and Digital Realty, among others, to help enterprises adopt a hybrid cloud infrastructure. IBM Direct Link provides enterprises with a reliable and secure connection to the cloud by enabling them to directly plug into the IBM Cloud through private and secure IP network connections. The enhanced services include new co-location 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 also can easily move workloads to and from the IBM Cloud as if they are part of their local area network, adding even more flexibility. "Low latency, security and reliability are high priorities when implementing a hybrid cloud because they drive a positive user experience," said Jack Beech, vice president of business development for IBM’s SoftLayer cloud infrastructure unit. "With help from providers such as Verizon, Equinix and Digital Realty, we're giving clients more options for connecting to our cloud platform. 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."
IBM said the new services help extend the life of existing IT investments—which means there is no need to rip and replace hardware when moving to the cloud—while giving users direct access to faster and more consistent network performance and higher data security. By adding more companies to the Direct Link network, IBM is simplifying the way customers can adopt and leverage a hybrid cloud model.