What is IBM Cloud Direct Link?

Use IBM Cloud™ Direct Link to seamlessly connect your on-premises resources to your cloud resources. The speed and reliability of IBM Cloud Direct Link lets you extend your organization’s data center network and offers consistent, higher-throughput connectivity — without touching the public internet.

Delivering hybrid connectivity

Private connectivity options

IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated makes it easier to establish a single-cloud fiber cross connection in an IBM Cloud network point of presence (PoP). If you can’t connect at an IBM PoP or don’t need quite so much bandwidth, you can use IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect or IBM Cloud Direct Link Exchange to connect to IBM Cloud through a supported service provider.

Connect to your IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Direct Link provides low latency, highly available connections so you can reliably transfer data between your on-premises and IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud networks. Your VPC network's IP addresses are then directly accessible from your on-premises network.

Access IBM Cloud services

IBM Cloud Direct Link offers direct connection to IBM Cloud Service — including services such as VPC, bare metal compute, VMware and cloud storage — making it easier to take advantage of the benefits of cloud while maximizing the value of your existing investments.

How customers use it

Extend and connect your on-premises resources

Use Direct Link to connect and add resource capacity to your existing data centers.

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Use Cloud for storage, backup, and disaster recovery

Direct Link is ideal for data migration, replication for business continuity and disaster recovery, and to back up or store data from your data center to IBM Cloud.

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Connect your IBM Cloud infrastructure to other clouds

Use IBM Cloud Direct Link connections from the IBM Cloud directly to a service provider-managed WAN or a client-managed cloud backbone to facilitate multicloud connectivity.

Network Connection

IBM Cloud Direct Link versions

IBM Cloud Direct Link Exchange

Gain private access to your IBM Cloud infrastructure, plus other Exchange Provider clouds. Ideal for multicloud connectivity in a single environment.

IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect

Gain private access to your IBM Cloud infrastructure, plus other Network Service Provider clouds. Ideal for multicloud connectivity in a single environment.

IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated

Create a single-cloud fiber cross-connection with a dedicated Service Provider in an IBM Cloud network point of presence (PoP).

IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated Hosting

Offers the lowest latency option for secure connectivity directly into the IBM Cloud POD where your compute workloads are running.

Why IBM Cloud Direct Link

Consistent network performance

Traffic between your on-premises and IBM Cloud networks doesn’t touch the public internet. This means your traffic makes fewer network hops and fewer points of failure where connections can be disrupted or dropped. IBM Cloud data centers and PoPs are connected by a private network backbone so traffic stays exclusively on the IBM Cloud network when it travels between facilities.

Scalable connection capacity

With options from 50 Mbps to 10 Gbps, IBM Cloud Direct Link delivers the right bandwidth for your organization. You can easily provision multiple connections as additional capacity is needed.

Global reach

With IBM Cloud Direct Link global routing capabilities, you get connectivity to regions around the globe from a single IBM Cloud Direct Link connection. You can also take advantage of IBM Cloud Direct Link Service Provider Partners to establish more secure hybrid connections for your workloads around the globe.

Pricing and documentation

Pricing

See pricing options for IBM Cloud Direct Link.

Documentation

Find out how to get started with IBM Cloud Direct Link.

Get started with IBM Cloud Direct Link

Get a highly secure, fast private connection to IBM Cloud for hybrid workloads.