Hybrid networking, cloud connectivity, and security solutions provider, CenturyLink, has added IBM Cloud to its growing Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections portfolio. Through IBM Cloud Direct Link services, businesses would gain the “secure and reliable” connections they need to accelerate their hybrid cloud strategies with IBM hybrid and public cloud offerings.

These new connection capabilities would help make it easy for businesses to link workloads and connect enterprise data locations. Additional benefits gained by CenturyLink and IBM Cloud customers would include:

  • Dedicated, private connections that are secured from any public Internet access
  • Low latency connectivity with consistent performance
  • The ability to add and remove connections, and increase and decrease bandwidth allocation to match demand
  • Usage-based billing, by the hour and month
Gabriel Montanti
“Through our Direct Link services, customers can take advantage of customizable offerings that allow them to move complex workloads, including mission critical workloads, across hybrid cloud environments to IBM Cloud,” said Gabriel Montanti, network product leader, IBM Cloud.

“With this network connectivity solution, customers have control over performance and cost with powerful self-service tools that allow them to quickly and easily alter their cloud connections,” said Paul Savill, senior vice president, enterprise product and services, CenturyLink. “Extending Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections to IBM Cloud helps more businesses deploy hybrid cloud solutions and transform their network ecosystem as application and infrastructure requirements change. We provide the efficiency and scalability they need to succeed.”

CenturyLink Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections protects data to and from the hybrid cloud by taking businesses off best-effort public networks and moving them to highly secure, private connections, minimizing exposure to external threats.

“We’re providing businesses the capabilities they need to accelerate their hybrid cloud strategies by providing secure, reliable connections to IBM Cloud,” said Gabriel Montanti, network product leader, IBM Cloud. “Through our Direct Link services, customers can take advantage of customizable offerings that allow them to move complex workloads, including mission critical workloads, across hybrid cloud environments to IBM Cloud. This next step in our partnership with CenturyLink will enable their global network of customers to easily access IBM Cloud and modernize their offerings to stay ahead of the competition.”