Digital Realty, a leading global provider of a data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, and an IBM Cloud Direct Link partner announced expanded access to IBM Cloud in Australia through the availability of IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicating Hosting services in Sydney. The expansion in Sydney is expected to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption for local enterprises and enable them to take the next step in their hybrid cloud journeys.

Australian customers can now access the IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated Hosting service through Digital Realty’s 3.5-hectare data center campus on Templar Road in Erskine Park.  The new low-latency service provides high-speed access to the IBM Cloud in Sydney with speeds up to 10 Gbit/s.  The IBM Cloud data center is collocated on the Digital Realty campus in Sydney, further reducing latency for high-performance use cases.

Customers have access to a variety of connectivity options across Digital Realty’s global data center footprint, including IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect, IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated, and in select metros (now including Sydney), IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated Hosting.

“We are the first data center provider to offer IBM Cloud Direct Link Dedicated Hosting, and currently the only data center provider to offer IBM Direct Link Connect,” said Digital Realty Chief Technology Officer Chris Sharp.  “The flexibility of offering customers multiple options enables them to choose the level of service they need to help meet their specific speed, deployment and location requirements.  Combined with Digital Realty’s Service Exchange, customers can also take advantage of on-demand network functionality powered by Megaport.”

By utilizing the IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect, customers are able to establish virtual connections bolstering the value of hybrid applications supported in Digital Realty’s data centers.

“Today’s enterprise is looking for the competitive advantages that a hybrid cloud strategy can offer,” said Michael Fork, Distinguished Engineer & Director, Offering Management IBM Cloud.  “This means companies need integrated and holistically managed clouds – both on and off-premises and across different clouds – with the networking support required for fast, reliable and secure data movement and processing.  Through this expanded offering, Digital Realty is providing their customers with a new on-ramp to the IBM Cloud and our suite of higher value services like AI, blockchain, analytics, IoT and quantum.”

“We have supported IBM Cloud Direct Link since 2015 to provide our customers with private, secure connections that simplify network topology, future-proof customer solutions, move workloads closer to the cloud and create true hybrid multi-cloud architectures,” added Sharp.  “Working with IBM means we are able to solve the complexities of managing workloads across a variety of cloud services and infrastructures.”

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