August 1, 2018 By Paul Hertzfeldt 2 min read

Announcing our extended collaboration with CenturyLink Cloud Connect Solutions via IBM Cloud Direct Link

In today’s fast-paced IT environment, it has become critical for hybrid cloud solutions to support your digital transformation strategy. According to IDC, companies with a defined hybrid cloud strategy achieve 2.5x higher gross profits. Your network plays a crucial role in defining your strategy to help you migrate and protect your data, connect to key resources, and innovate quickly.

IBM Cloud Network infrastructure solutions are tailored to reduce overall network complexity and improve the experiences of our customers, helping them tackle demanding business requirements and workloads of today—and tomorrow—with ease. We’re pleased to announce IBM’s extended collaboration with CenturyLink Cloud Connect Solutions via IBM Cloud Direct Link—our secure global access platform—that will further enhance user experiences at enterprise scale.

CenturyLink and IBM: Better together

Leading organizations require security-rich connections, reliable uptime, flexible bandwidth, and low latency for digital transformation. CenturyLink and IBM can together empower our customers by offering multiple connectivity models through CenturyLink Cloud Connect Solutions, including Wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, and IP VPN. With a virtualized networking functionality, high performance, and flexible deployment options, CenturyLink supports IBM Resiliency Services, IBM Managed Services, and, now, IBM Cloud Direct Link at a global scale.

Empowering enterprises with Cloud Connect and Direct Link

The goal in CenturyLink’s integration with IBM Cloud Direct Link was to bring a network experience that simplifies and enhances the cloud experience. Together, CenturyLink Cloud Connect and IBM Cloud Direct Link provide enterprises with two choices for private connectivity to the IBM Cloud:

  • Direct Link Connect: Gain private access to your IBM Cloud infrastructure via a CenturyLink IP VPN connection for multi-cloud connectivity in a single environment.

  • Direct Link Dedicated: Leverage a Dedicated port to IBM Cloud via a CenturyLink provided Wavelength for fast, consistent, and reliable data transfer.

Both options are offered on a global basis and optimize network architecture for low-latency and high performance. They’re designed to satisfy even the most demanding enterprise workloads and compliment your hybrid cloud strategy.

Learn more

CenturyLink is one of IBM Cloud’s first Direct Link Connect providers in our Direct Link Service Provider Program, and we’re excited about our continued collaboration and growth.

Learn more about CenturyLink Cloud Connect and the Direct Link Service Provider Program.

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