A network of networks

IBM Cloud delivers virtually unmatched scalability and control with a different kind of network—a network of networks. Public, private and management traffic travel across separate network interfaces, segregating and securing traffic while streamlining management. The IBM Cloud global network boasts more than 2,000 Gbps of connectivity between data centers and network points of presence (PoPs). These locations each have multiple 10 Gbps transit connections as well as peering links to additional service providers and access networks.

How it works

Graphic presentation of the IBM Cloud public, private and management network structure

Public network

Every data center and network PoP has multiple 10 Gbps connections to top-tier transit and peering network carriers. Network traffic from anywhere in the world will connect to the closest network PoP, and it will travel directly across the IBM Cloud network to its data center, minimizing the number of network hops and handoffs between providers. Inside the data center, IBM offers up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth to individual servers to meet even the most demanding network-intensive workloads.

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  • Unmetered inbound bandwidth
  • Multiple internet backbone connections
  • Automated IP routing and management
  • Servers available with port speeds up to 10 Gbps
  • Geographically redundant DNS

Private network

All IBM Cloud data centers and PoPs are connected by a private network backbone. This private network is separate from the public network, and it enables you to seamlessly connect your services in IBM Cloud data centers around the world. Move data between servers at no cost, and take advantage of update and patch servers, software repositories, backend services and more without interfering with public network traffic.

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  • Unmetered inbound bandwidth
  • Secure, customer-configurable private VLANs
  • Free server-to-server cross connects
  • Private Local DNS Resolvers
  • Centralized storage resources
  • Servers available with port speeds up to 10 Gbps

Management network

In addition to the public and private networks, each IBM Cloud server is connected to an out-of-band management network. This management network, accessible via VPN, allows access to your server independently of its CPU, firmware and operating system for maintenance and administration purposes. Perform OS reloads, power-cycle your server, or simply use the IPMI connection to watch your server boot up as though you were standing in the data center with a keyboard, monitor, and mouse physically connected.

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  • Unmetered inbound bandwidth
  • Gigabit port speed
  • OS reload and OS change servers
  • Control the power to your server
  • Use KVM over IP

Best-in-class network infrastructure

The IBM Cloud network is built from best-in-class networking infrastructure, hardware and software with exceptional bandwidth and connectivity for the highest speed and reliability. Every upstream network port is multiple 10G or 40G and every rack is terminated with multiple 10G or 40G connections to the public Internet and multiple 10G or 40G connections to our private network.

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  • Juniper Networks backbone infrastructure
  • Cisco and Arista Networks datacenter infrastructure
  • Arbor Peakflow Traffic Analysis
  • DDOS Protection utilizing multiple vendors

IPv6 support

IBM Cloud has provided native IPv6 support to The IBM Cloud publicly available services since December 2008. IBM Cloud does not have to worry about tunneling to carry IPv6 over IPv4 networks, which in turn means that the networks are not limited by the diminishing pool of IPv4 addresses. In addition, IBM Cloud support personnel are IPv6 savvy today.

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Peer with IBM Cloud

If you want to establish a direct peering connection with IBM Cloud in one of the network PoPs, you'll need to read up on the peering policy and reach out to the network operations team for more information.

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Network connectivity

Use the dropdowns below to filter by location and get more details about the connected networks available. The number indicates the quantity of 10 Gbps connections in the network.

Location Connected Networks
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - AMS01
  • Level3 x8
  • NTT x6
  • TeliaSonera x2
  • Telefonica x1
Peering Exchanges: AMS-IX x6, NLIX x4
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Atlanta, Gerogia - ATL01
  • ATT x1
  • Comcast x1
  • Level3 x1
  • NTT x4
  • TeliaSonera x1
  • Time Warner x1
  • Zayo x1
Peering Exchanges: AMS-IX x6, NLIX x4
This location does not include data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Chennai, India - CHE01
  • Bharti Airtel x2
  • Tata x2
Peering Exchanges:
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Chicago, Illinois - CHI01
  • ATT x1
  • Comcast x1
  • Level3 x1
  • NTT x1
  • TeliaSonera x1
  • Time Warner x1
Peering Exchanges: Equinix x3
This location does not include data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Dallas, Texas - DAL01, DAL02, DAL03, DAL04, DAL05, DAL06, DAL07, DAL09, DAL10
  • ATT x4
  • Comcast x8
  • Level3 x16
  • NTT x16
  • TeliaSonera x6
  • Telefonica x6
  • Time Warner x8
  • Zayo x8
Peering Exchanges: Equinix x4
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Denver, Colorado - DEN01
  • Comcast x1
  • Level3 x1
  • NTT x1
  • TeliaSonera x1
  • Zayo x1
Peering Exchanges: RMIX x1
This location does not include data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Frankfurt, Germany - FRA01
  • Level3 x1
  • NTT x1
  • Telecom Italia x1
  • TeliaSonera x1
Peering Exchanges: DECIX x6, NIX.CZ x1
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Hong Kong, China - HKG02
  • Equinix x1
  • HKIX x3
  • NTT x2
  • Pacnet x1
  • PCCW x2
  • Telstra x1
Peering Exchanges: Equinix x1, HKIX x3, BBIX x1
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Houston, Texas - HOU02
  • NTT x4
Peering Exchanges:
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Los Angeles, California - LAX01
  • ATT x1
  • Comcast x1
  • Level3 x1
  • NTT x1
  • TeliaSonera x1
  • Time Warner x1
Peering Exchanges: Any2 x5, Equinix x1, TWC x1
This location does not include data centers.
Location Connected Networks
London, United Kingdom - LON01
  • Level3 x1
  • NTT x3
  • TeliaSonera x2
Peering Exchanges: LINX Juniper x10, LINX Extreme x3, EMIX x1
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Melbourne, Australia - MEL01
  • Telestra x2
Peering Exchanges: PipeIX x1, VIC-IX x1, Megaport x1
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Queretaro, Mexico - MEX01
  • Alestra x2
  • MetroRED x2
Peering Exchanges:
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Miami, Florida - MIA01
  • ATT x1
  • Comcast x1
  • Level3 x2
  • NTT x4
  • Telecom Italia x2
  • TeliaSonera x1
  • Telefonica x3
  • Telemar Oi/GlobeNet x2
  • Zayo x1
Peering Exchanges: NOTA x6
This location does not include data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Milan, Italy - MIL01
  • Level3 x4
  • Telecom Italia x2
  • TeliaSonera x1
  • Telefonica x3
Peering Exchanges:
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
New York City, NY - NYC01
  • ATT x1
  • Comcast x1
  • Level3 x4
  • NTT x6
  • TeliaSonera x2
  • Telemar Oi/GlobeNet x2
  • Time Warner x1
Peering Exchanges: DE-CIX x2, NYIIX x4, TIE x2
This location does not include data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Oslo, Norway - OSL01
  • Level3 x2
Peering Exchanges: NIX x2
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Palo Alto, California - PAL012
  • Telefonica x2
Peering Exchanges: Equinix x3
This location does not include data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Paris, France - PAR01
  • Telefonica x2
Peering Exchanges: Equinix x3
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Perth, Australia - PER01
  • Telestra x2
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Sao Paulo, Brazil - SAO01
  • Level3 x2
  • Tata x1
  • Telefonica x1
  • Telemar Oi/GlobeNet x2
Peering Exchanges: PTT x4, Telemar x3
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Seattle, Italy - SEA01
  • ATT x2
  • Comcast x2
  • Level3 x1
  • NTT x2
  • Time Warner x1
  • Zayo x2
Peering Exchanges: SIX x2
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Seoul, Korea - SEO01
  • Telestra x1
  • NTT x2
  • Time Warner x1
Peering Exchanges: KINX x1
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
San Jose, California - SJC01
  • ATT x4
  • Comcast x4
  • LEvel3 x8
  • NTT x12
  • TeliaSonera x2
  • Time Warner x4
  • Zayo x8
Peering Exchanges: Equinix x4
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Singapore - SNG01
  • NTT x3
  • Pacnet x1
  • SK Telecom x1
  • Telstra x2
Peering Exchanges: Equinix x8, Starhub x1, BBIX x1
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Sydney, Australia - SYD01
  • Telstra x2
Peering Exchanges: Equinix x1, PipeIX x1, NSW-IX x1, Megaport x1
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Tokyo, Japan - TOK01
  • NTT x2
  • Pacnet x1
  • PCCW x1
  • Telstra x1
Peering Exchanges: BBIX x1, Equinix x1, JPNAP x1
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Toronto, Canada - TOR01
  • Level3 x4
  • TeliaSonera x4
Peering Exchanges: TorIX x2
This location includes data centers.
Location Connected Networks
Washington D.C, Disctric of Columbia - WDC01
  • ATT x4
  • Comcast x6
  • Level3 x16
  • NTT x20
  • TeliaSonera x8
  • Telefonica x6
  • Time-Warner x4
  • zayo x8
Peering Exchanges: Equinix x8
This location includes data centers.

Alestra Connections
Mexico x2
ATT Connections
Atlanta x1
Chicago x1
Dallas x4
Los Angeles x1
Miami x1
New York City x1
Seattle x2
San Jose x4
Washington, D.C. x4
Transit
Bharti Airtel Connections
Chennai, India x2
Transit
Comcast Connections
Atlanta x1
Chicago x2
Dallas x8
Denver x1
Los Angeles x1
Miami x1
New York City x1
Seattle x2
San Jose x4
Washington, D.C. x6
Transit
Level3 Connections
Amsterdam, The Netherlands x8
Atlanta x1
Chicago x1
Dallas x16
Denver x1
Frankfurt, Germany x1
Los Angeles x1
London, UK x1
Miami x2
Milan, Italy x4
New York City x4
Oslo, Norway x2
Paris, France x4
Sao Paulo, Brazil x2
Seattle x1
Seoul, Korea x1
San Jose x8
Toronto, Canada x4
Washington, D.C. x16
Transit
MetroRED Connections
Mexico x2
Transit
NTT Connections
Amsterdam, The Netherlands x6
Atlanta x1
Chicago x1
Dallas x16
Frankfurt, Germany x1
Hong Kong, China x2
Houston x4
Los Angeles x1
London x3
Miami x4
New York City x6
Paris, France x2
Seattle x2
San Jose x12
Singapore x3
Tokyo, Japan x2
Washington, D.C. x20
Transit
Pacnet Connections
Hong Kong, China x1
Singapore x1
Tokyo, Japan x1
Transit
PCCW Connections
Hong Kong, China x2
Singapore x1
Tokyo, Japan x1
Transit
Tata Connections
Chennai, India x2
Transit
Telecom Italia Connections
Frankfurt, Germany x1
Miami x1
Milan, Italy x2
Sao Paulo, Brazil x1
Transit
TeliaSonera Connections
Amsterdam, The Netherlands x2
Atlanta x1
Chicago x1
Dallas x6
Denver x1
Frankfurt, Germany x1
Los Agneles x1
London, UK x2
Miami x1
Milan, Italy x2
New York City x2
Paris, France x2
San Jose x2
Toronto, Canada x4
Washington, D.C. x8
Transit
Telstra Connections
Hong Kong, China x1
Melbourne, Australia x2
Perth, Australia x2
Seoul, Korea x2
Singapore x2
Sydney, Australia x2
Tokyo, Japan x1
Transit
Telefonica Connections
Amsterdam, The Netherlands x1
Dallas x6
Miami x3
Palo Alto x2
Sao Paulo, Brazil x1
Washington, D.C. x6
Peering
Telemar Oi/GlobeNet Connections
Miami x2
New York City x2
Palo Alto x2
Sao Paulo, Brazil x2
Peering
Time Warner Connections
Atlanta x1
Chicago x1
Dallas x8
Los Angeles x1
New York City x1
Seattle x1
San Jose x4
Washington, D.C. x4
Peering
Zayo Connections
Dallas x8
Denver x1
Miami x1
San Jose x8
Seattle x2
Washington, D.C. x8
Transit

Network Operations Center

To provide network operational redundancy, our dedicated Network Operations Team is staffed on site 24x7 in multiple locations around the globe monitoring the health of the networks. Should an incident or network infrastructure related challenge arise, they are on the front line of defense ensuring the network is operating at peak performance. All IBM Cloud products and services include access to the IBM technical support team via ticket, live chat or phone. If customers have questions about the IBM Cloud network or need help from a networking expert, technical support will coordinate with the Network Operations Center (NOC) and network engineers to assist.

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