How customers use it

Extend and connect resources

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Extend and connect resources

Use IBM Cloud Direct Link to connect and extend resource capacity to your existing on-premises data centers.

Store, back up and recover

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Store, back up and recover

IBM Cloud 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.

Connect to other clouds

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Connect 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.

IBM Cloud Direct Link product options

IBM Cloud® Direct Link Connect

Establish and deliver connectivity to IBM Cloud locations fast.

IBM Cloud® Direct Link Dedicated

Terminate a single-tenant cross-connect in our private network.

IBM Cloud® Direct Link Dedicated Hosting on Classic

Connect like Dedicated, with colocation adjacent to our data center.

IBM Cloud® Direct Link Exchange on Classic

Get private IBM Cloud access ideal for multicloud connectivity.


IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect

IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated

IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated Hosting on Classic

IBM Cloud Direct Link Exchange on Classic


Why IBM Cloud Direct Link

Connectivity, network performance and global availability

Offers 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).

Connects to your virtual private cloud

Use the low-latency, highly available connections to reliably transfer data between your on-premises and IBM Cloud virtual private cloud networks.

Provides access to IBM Cloud services

You can directly connect to IBM Cloud services — such as VPC, bare metal compute, VMware and cloud storage — to maximize your existing investments.

Get consistent network performance

See fewer network disruptions and connectivity drops, as traffic between your on-premises and IBM Cloud networks never touches the public internet.

Gain scalable connection capacity

With options from 50 Mbps to 10 Gbps, get the right amount of bandwidth to your organization. Easily provision more connections as capacity is needed.

Take advantage of our global reach

IBM Cloud Direct Link global routing capabilities provide connectivity to regions around the globe from a single IBM Cloud Direct Link connection.

IBM Cloud Direct Link partners

Connect to the IBM Cloud through industry-leading service providers

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