Wireless telecommunications provider, Verizon, has enabled its customers with a secure and direct connection to IBM Cloud. With its Secure Cloud Interconnect services, users can connect directly to IBM Cloud services through a secure, flexible private link that enables workloads to move seamlessly between Clouds.
This enables customers to connect to IBM Cloud datacentres in Sydney, Tokyo, Dallas and San Jose with two additional sites planned in Europe for the beginning of 2016.
The news follows Verizon’s recent announcement of the doubling of its Secure Cloud Interconnect service footprint across Asia-Pacific in October. Secure Cloud Interconnect is built on Verizon’s private IP network that offers any-to-any connectivity of IP.
According to Verizon, the capability also lets enterprises store data in a variety of settings, including a traditional IT environment, a dedicated on- or-off premises Cloud, and a shared off-premises Cloud to scale and meet business requirements.
Verizon vice-president of enterprise networking and innovation, Shawn Hakl, said its Secure Cloud Interconnect enables users to take advantage of Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities, allowing for more control and agility over connectivity to Cloud environments.
Hakl said capabilities include consumption-based bandwidth, pre-provisioned on-demand resources, controlled application performance and varying classes of service.
“With SDN at the heart of our Secure Cloud Interconnect solution, IBM customers will find it delivers an unbeatable combination of performance, control and efficiency to enable their digital transformation,” he said.
He added that with IBM, Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect offers access to eight Cloud providers – Amazon Web Services, Google CloudPlatform, HPE Rapid Connect, Microsoft ExpressRoute for Office 365, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, Microsoft Azure Government and Verizon – and three datacentre providers (Coresite, Equinix, and Verizon) at more than 50 global locations in the Americas, Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect supports IBM’s broader portfolio of Direct Link services, which allow customers to establish a secure high-speed network connection between their existing IT infrastructure and the Cloud compute resources on the IBM Cloud powered by SoftLayer.