Colt announced today that it is now providing support for IBM’s Direct Link services, allowing enterprise customers to establish a private network connection from their own IT infrastructure to cloud-based content and compute capacity running in SoftLayer’s data centres. The Direct Link services are being rolled out globally and available in Europe using Colt’s private network services.
Dedicated Cloud Access enables Direct Link customers to manage access to their infrastructure and services, the speed of their connection as well as how data is routed. Key benefits include:
Higher network performance consistency and predictability
Streamlined and accelerated workload and data migration
Improved data and operational security
Jack Beech, VP Business Development for SoftLayer, an IBM Company, commented: “As we roll out the cloud services to our customers, the security and reliability of the network connection is key to ensuring they can fully benefit from cloud services. We’re delighted to be working with Colt to roll-out Direct Link to our European customers, giving enterprises access to the highest performing cloud infrastructure available.”
Zhongmin Guo, VP Products & Strategy at Colt, noted: “As enterprises come to rely on the benefits of cloud architectures, such as scalability and development agility, IT departments are placing more business-critical and customer-data-dependent applications into cloud networks – and recognise the need to work with a supplier they can trust. Colt’s partnership with SoftLayer offers enterprise users access to secure and flexible cloud services, enabling them to scale out to the cloud in a reliable manner.”
IBM Cloud is attending the Cloud Expo Europe in Frankfurt on November 10th and 11th. To learn more about Direct Link cloud services, please visit stand 654.
Colt provides network, voice, and data centre services to thousands of businesses around the world, allowing them to focus on delivering their business goals instead of the underlying infrastructure. Customers include 18 of the top 25 banks and diversified financial groups and 19 out of the top 25 companies in both global media and telecoms industries (Forbes 2000 list, 2014). In addition, Colt works with over 50 exchange venues and 13 European central banks.
Colt operates across Europe, Asia and North America with connections into over 200 cities globally. It completed the acquisition of KVH in 2014 – which now operates under the Colt brand – an integrated data centre and communications services business, with headquarters in Tokyo and operations in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore.