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IBM Unveils Direct Link Cloud Service on SoftLayer

June 21, 2014

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, 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.

According to a company release, 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 for SoftLayer. "Direct Link helps them optimize 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 center, office, or colocation facility to SoftLayer's data centers and private network through one of the company's 18 network Points of Presence (PoPs) around the world.

More information and complete details:

www.ibm.com/cloud

softlayer.com

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