How IBM Cloud Direct Link works

Experienced IBM Cloud® network engineers will work with you to cross-connect your router to IBM, enabling a private and secure connection, with ranges from 50 Mbps to 10 Gbps, to your IBM Cloud servers across the private network. With this connection, you’ll have unfettered access to your own servers on the IBM Cloud platform. And because you’re connected to the IBM private network, all traffic across your IBM Cloud Direct Link and between your servers will not touch the public network or interfere with your public network traffic.

IBM Cloud Direct Link features

IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect

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With IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect, you have private access to your IBM Cloud infrastructure, as well as any other clouds your chosen network service provider can supply. This option is ideal for multicloud connectivity in a single environment.

IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated

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Create a single-cloud fiber cross-connection using a dedicated service provider in an IBM Cloud network point of presence (PoP). This option engages a dedicated service provider to run last-mile links directly between a router on your network and an IBM Cloud router. IBM engineers facilitate end-to-end connectivity with the dedicated service provider, and you have access to your cloud infrastructure in the local IBM Cloud data center. Add global routing to your IBM Cloud Direct Link to enable private network traffic to all IBM Cloud locations.

IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated Hosting on Classic

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For higher-performance use cases, take advantage of Direct Link Dedicated Hosting on Classic with a colocation rack in a nearby IBM Cloud data center.

IBM Cloud Direct Link Exchange on Classic

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With Direct Link Exchange on Classic, you have private access to your IBM Cloud infrastructure, as well as any other clouds your chosen Exchange provider can supply. This option is ideal for multicloud connectivity in a single environment.

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