IBM Expands Direct Link Services with New Collaborations

By Rory Lidstone, Contributing Writer  |  December 04, 2015

With few exceptions, speed tends to be the name of the game in the technology world. Whether it’s getting products and services to customers or getting data from point A to point B in as little time as possible, the faster it gets done, the better. Being one of the oldest companies in tech, this is a fact IBM (News - Alert) knows well. The company demonstrated this in October when it acquired hybrid storage specialist Cleversafe, bringing speedy flash storage to IBM data centers. Through new collaborations with Verizon, Equinix (News - Alert), Digital Realty and other, IBM has once again shown its dedication to speed.

In particular, IBM is expanding its Direct Link services to its new collaborators, allowing enterprises to more quickly and easily adopt a hybrid cloud infrastructure.

"Low latency, security and reliability are high priorities when implementing a hybrid cloud because they drive a positive user experience. With help from providers such as Verizon (News - Alert), Equinix and Digital Realty, we're giving clients more options for connecting to our cloud platform," said Jack Beech, vice president of business development for SoftLayer (News - Alert), a dedicated server, managed hosting and cloud computing provider owned by IBM. "Users can connect directly into our Infrastructure as a Service from their global data centers or offices using Direct Link, benefiting from a faster, more reliable and more secure connection than is typical through the public Internet."

With many organizations demanding a reliable and secure connection to the cloud in lieu of sending data over the public internet, IBM Direct Link is well positioned to address the need for speedier, safer cloud access. By enabling enterprises to directly plug into the IBM Cloud via private and secure IP network connections, customers receive better speed and security. Best of all, Direct Link helps extend the life of existing IT investments, a common issue many companies face in moving to the cloud.

Aside from new colocation capabilities, Direct Link continues to provide an expanded global reach, as well as added support to address auditing and reporting guidelines for a multi-cloud architecture.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere
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