CenturyLink has announced another expanded collaboration to deliver greater cloud connectivity options for enterprise customers – this time delivering a direct private network to the IBM Cloud.
Through CenturyLink’s Cloud Connect offerings, enterprise customers can now establish global low-latency connections across a secure, dedicated network to the IBM Cloud via IBM Cloud Direct Link, according to the company
Just last month, CenturyLink announced a similar agreement with Oracle.
With CenturyLink’s latest collaboration, IBM Cloud customers now have the ability to connect through CenturyLink-enabled Wavelengths and IP VPN connectivity in the following locations: Amsterdam, Ashburn, Va., Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Reston, Va., San Jose, Calif., São Paulo, Seattle and Toronto.
“Our expanded collaboration with IBM enables us to deliver even more cloud connectivity options for customers, including those in Latin America and Europe,” said Chris McReynolds, VP of core network services for CenturyLink, in a statement.
The agreement builds on CenturyLink’s support for IBM Business Resiliency Service and IBM Cloud Managed Services, which are all part of CenturyLink’s Cloud Connect ecosystem.
CenturyLink said its Cloud Connect provides global reach and extensive Layer 1, 2 and 3 connectivity options, delivering improved performance, enhanced security and increased agility that allows cloud services to be scaled up or down to meet network needs.
“Enterprises are rapidly building innovative solutions on the cloud that leverage AI, IoT, machine learning and more,” said Kit Linton, VP of network at IBM Cloud, in a statement. “With a breadth of connection options provided by CenturyLink Cloud Connect, customers have greater choice and flexibility to create resilient connections to the IBM Cloud so they can unlock new value from their data using a hybrid strategy.”