NEXTDC is now providing a direct network connection to the IBM Cloud. The datacentre provider said its Direct Link service is now available nationally through a point-of-presence at its M1 datacentre.
Customers can now get a high-speed, private network connection from their existing infrastructure directly into an IBM Cloud powered by SoftLayer, providing complete access and control over IT resources, allowing them to move workloads in and out of the Cloud.
NEXTDC chief executive, Craig Scroggie, said the new relationship with IBM reflected the importance of our nationwide connectivity to Australia’s IT industry.
“NEXTDC is a central point of connection between our customers and the diversity of carriers and service providers. Through our switching fabric we can deliver an infinite number of connections between enterprises and global cloud platforms such as SoftLayer, and the services they support,” he added.
SoftLayer vice president of business development, Jack Beech, said extending IBM’s Direct Link services to include access to NEXTDC was part of the company’s goal to improve the flexibility, performance, security and reliability of enterprise connections to its IaaS platform.
Access to the IBM Cloud is done via NEXTDC switching fabric that provides secure connectivity and reduced network costs through the automated provisioning and flexible bandwidth available from the independent community of network service providers at work in NEXTDC datacentres.
Coca-Cola, an existing IBM customer, is one of the first companies to connect privately to SoftLayer with Direct Link at the M1 Melbourne datacentre, meeting a disaster recovery requirement.