IBM launches Direct Link cloud service on SoftLayer
New offering provides clients with dedicated network connection between private infrastructure and cloud services
SoftLayer, an IBM company has unveiled Direct Link, a new service that allows customers to establish a dedicated network connection from their own IT infrastructure to the SoftLayer private network and cloud services.
The company said with faster and more consistent network performance, and higher data security, Direct Link brings customers new opportunities for creating hybrid-computing solutions that merge private infrastructure with the SoftLayer platform.
“The power of a company’s private infrastructure and internal applications increases exponentially when they are able to scale out onto the cloud. We have customers ranging from startups to enterprises, from SaaS providers to financial institutions that want to do just that,” said Matt Chilek, chief technology officer at SoftLayer. “Direct Link helps them optimise their workloads and get more value out of their data. They can move both to and from SoftLayer as easily as if our bare metal and virtual servers and storage were part of their local area network.”
“Services like Direct Link afford customers a broader range of options as they explore how to best leverage hybrid cloud,” said Brad Casemore, IDC director of research, Data Center Networks. “Enterprises welcome choice and alternatives, and direct high-speed access can accommodate various hybrid workloads, while also offering use cases for backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity.”
Direct Link consists of a physical, dedicated network connection from a customer’s data centre, office, or colocation facility to SoftLayer’s data centres and private network through one of the company’s 18 network Points of Presence (PoPs) around the world. These PoPs reside within facilities operated by SoftLayer partners including Equinix, Telx, Coresite, Terremark, Pacnet, InterXion and TelecityGroup, providing exceptional access for SoftLayer customers with infrastructure collocated in the same facilities.
By eliminating the role of the public Internet for customers when connecting to the SoftLayer private network, Direct Link enables customers to completely control access to their infrastructure and services, the speed of their connection to SoftLayer, and how data is routed, providing: higher network performance consistency and predictability, streamlined and accelerated workload and data migration, and improved data and operational security.