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Getting started with IBM Cloud Direct Link

Getting started with IBM Cloud Direct Link

Use Direct Link to seamlessly connect your on-premises resources to your cloud resources. The speed and reliability of Direct Link extends your organization’s data center network and offers more consistent, higher-throughput connectivity, keeping traffic within the IBM Cloud network.

Direct Link highlights include:

  • Metered billing, which lowers the barrier of entry to IBM Cloud
  • Support for connections to multiple IBM Cloud accounts from a single direct link
  • Support for multiple VPCs (without classic access) from a single direct link within the same account
  • Support for both local and global routing options
  • Bring Your Own IP (BYOIP) address to create native connectivity between your on-premises environment and IBM Cloud
  • Direct Link connections to and from transit gateways.
  • Support for BGP Message Digest 5 (MD5) Authentication and Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD).

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Currently, there isn't a migration path from Direct Link on Classic offerings to Direct Link. You must order a new Direct Link Dedicated or Direct Link Connect connection.