Extend your infrastructure into the public cloud

Simplify, secure, and speed up data transfer between your private infrastructure and your IBM Bluemix services. Or create a new hybrid solution that leverages the best of your in-house resources and the Bluemix platform.

Plug into Bluemix’s private network with a Direct Link via a Network Service Provider, Cloud Exchange Provider, or Colocation Provider and enjoy unparalleled network performance to and from your Bluemix infrastructure.

Fast

Fast

Move data to and from your on-premises data center across 1Gbps or 10Gbps network connections.

Secure

Secure

Protect your sensitive, business-critical data by controlling every hop of its network path.

Private

Private

Save on data transfer to and from your servers in every IBM Cloud data center across our private network.

To learn more about Direct Link, chat with a member of our sales team.

How Direct Link Works

Bluemix network engineers will work with you and your network service provider, cloud exchange provider, or colocation provider to cross-connect your router to ours, and we'll enable a private and secure 1Gbps or 10Gbps connection to your Bluemix servers across the private network.

With this connection, you’ll have unfettered access to your servers on the Bluemix platform. And because you’re connected to our private network, all traffic across your Direct Link and between your servers does not touch the public network or interfere with your public network traffic.

Connectivity Options

  • Local Routing — Local Routing is the standard Direct Link connectivity. With Local Direct Link, all traffic between your network and the local IBM Cloud data center(s) is free and unmetered across the Direct Link.
  • Global Routing — Optional Global Routing connectivity is available for all Direct Link entry points. Global Direct Link provides private network access from your network to all IBM Cloud data centers around the world. With Global Routing, all ingress traffic to Bluemix is free and unmetered. The first 10TB of egress traffic is included at no additional cost on 1Gbps Global Direct Link circuits, and the first 50TB of egress traffic is included at no additional cost on 10Gbps Global Direct Link circuits.

To order a Direct Link, navigate to the “Network” tab in the customer portal and select the “Direct Link” option. You’ll answer a few simple questions about the requested connection, and our sales team will respond with the technical details you need to know.

Custom private addressing

IBM Cloud Data Centers. Your private IPs.

Resolve IP conflicts and get more control over your Bluemix bare metal and virtual servers with custom private addressing for new, qualified Direct Link customers.

Direct Link Entry Points

Direct Link NSP

Create a single-cloud fiber cross-connection via a Network Service Provider (NSP) in a Bluemix network point of presence (PoP). This Direct Link option engages an NSP to run last-mile links directly between a router on your network and a Bluemix router. Bluemix network engineers facilitate end-to-end connectivity with the NSP, and you have access to your Bluemix infrastructure in the local IBM Cloud data center. To expand your Direct Link connectivity to enable private network traffic to all Bluemix locations, you can opt to add global routing to your Direct Link.

Network Service Provider Bluemix Location
Alestra MEX01
ARK LON04*
Ascenty SAO01
At Tokyo TOK02*
C&C SEO01
COLO-D MON01
Cologix MON02, TOR02
Coresite DEN01, LAX01, WDC05
Cyrus One DAL13*
Digital Realty ATL01, AMS03, ATL01, DAL04, DAL08, DAL09, DAL12*, LON02, NYC01, SNG01, TOR01, WDC03, WDC04*, WDC07*
Equinix AMS02, CHI01, DAL03, MIA01, LON01, LON03, PAR02, SAO02, SJC02, SJC03, SNG02, SYD02, SYD04*, TOK01, WDC02
Global Switch SYD01*
IBM PAR01
Infomart SJC04
Infracom MIL01
InterXion FRA01*, STO01*
KINX SEO02
Metronode PER01
NextDC MEL02
PacNet HKG01
QTS DAL10*
Tata CHE01
The Westin Building SEA02
Verizon OSL02
Zenium LON06*, FRA02*
*Coming Soon  

Direct Link Cloud Exchange

Engage a service provider to run last-mile links to a Bluemix cloud exchange provider, and Bluemix network engineers establish virtual cross-connects for you via the exchange provider. With this Direct Link, you have access to your Bluemix infrastructure in the local IBM Cloud data center, and you have the option to add global routing to expand your Direct Link connectivity to enable private network traffic to all Bluemix locations. This Direct Link option is perfect for multi-cloud connectivity in a single environment.

Cloud Exchange Provider Bluemix Location
AT&T NetBond® for Cloud DAL03, DAL08, FRA01, LON01, SJC02, SNG02, WDC02, WDC03
Bell Canada MON02, TOR02
BT LON01
Cologix MON02, TOR02
Equinix AMS02, CHI01, DAL03, LON01, LON03, PAR02, SAO02, SJC02, SNG02, SYD02, TOK01, WDC02
InterXion FRA01*, STO01*
Level (3) DAL03*, MIA01*, SAO02*
Megaport DAL04*, MEL02, SYD02
NextDC MEL02*
Tata CHE01*
Telstra NYC01, LON01
Verizon AMS02, DAL03, FRA01, SJC02, SYD02, TOK01
Vodafone CHE01*
*Coming Soon  

Direct Link Colocation

If you have already embarked on the cloud journey and need a partner to manage your hybrid environment, IBM is here to help. IBM Direct Link Colocation will enable hybrid workloads by placing your resource intensive workloads in proximity to our cloud locations to ensure high throughput, low latency and resiliency between your hybrid environment and the Bluemix cloud. IBM partners with select group of data center colocation providers to deliver an end to end service.

For more information about available markets and colocation partners that can enable your business in their cloud journey, chat with one of our data center and network and experts.

Popular Use Cases

Direct Link NSP

Blur the lines between on-prem and off-prem resources. With a high speed, direct network link between your data centers and ours, you can move data between servers (literally) at the speed of light.

Frequent (and Massive) Backup and Storage

Back up or store huge volumes of data from your corporate data centers on your Bluemix infrastructure (or the other way around) without paying us a cent for bandwidth. And because you have a dedicated network connection, your transfer rates will be fast, consistent, and reliable.

Super-Secure Data

Customers moving sensitive financial, health, or government-regulated data to and from our cloud platform can further ensure its security by completely avoiding exposure to the public Internet at all times.

Direct Link Pricing

Direct Link is available in 1Gbps and 10Gbps port speeds on three types of circuits. Direct Links come standard with Local Routing, and Global Routing is available on all circuits for a flat monthly fee.

Direct Link NSP

Port Speed Monthly Price Global Routing (optional add-on)
1Gbps $1,499 $2,999
10Gbps $4,999 $2,999

Direct Link Cloud Exchange

Port Speed Monthly Price Global Routing (optional add-on)
1Gbps $399 $2,999
10Gbps   $2,999

Data Transfer Billing

The connectivity of your Direct Link NSP, Direct Link Cloud Exchange, or Direct Link Colocation circuit can be upgraded with Global Routing to all IBM Cloud data centers around the world for a flat monthly fee. Reference the table below for included ingress and egress data transfer available with Local and Global Routing.

Local Routing

Port Speed Ingress Traffic Egress Traffic
1Gbps FREE FREE
10Gbps FREE FREE

Global Routing

Port Speed Ingress Traffic Egress Traffic
1Gbps FREE 10TB FREE
10Gbps FREE 50TB FREE

To order a Direct Link, navigate to the “Network” tab in the customer portal and select the “Direct Link” option. You’ll answer a few simple questions about the requested connection, and our sales team will respond with the technical details you need to know.