The addition of IBM SoftLayer IBM to Verizon’s new Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) system offers organisations the ability to swap workloads between eight public cloud providers using their software defined networking (SDN).
The addition of IBM SoftLayer to SCI now offers connections between eight cloud providers, with the others including Amazon Web Services, Google CloudPlatform, HPE Rapid Connect, Microsoft ExpressRoute for Office 365, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, Microsoft Azure Government and Verizon’s own public cloud. Additionally there’s also access available to three data centre providers (Coresite, Equinix, and Verizon) at more than 50 global locations in Europe, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific region.
Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect services is advertised as a “secure, flexible private link that enables workloads to move seamlessly between clouds.” It claims to give businesses the option to store data in a variety of settings, including a traditional IT environment, a dedicated on- or-off premises cloud and a shared off-premises cloud making it easier to scale and meet business requirements.
Because the service is based on SDN businesses also get additional control and agility over their connectivity above those offered by services such as Amazon’s own Direct Connect and Azure’s ExpressRoute including consumption-based bandwidth, pre-provisioned on-demand resources, controlled application performance and varying classes of service.
The services comes in three different options - Cloud Exchange, Network Service Provider (NSP), and Colocation - and is only available to connect to IBM Cloud SoftLayer data centre sites located in Dallas and San Jose in the US and Tokyo and Sydney in the Asia Pacific region, with connection to two additional sites in Europe (we’re guessing Paris and London) promised for the beginning of 2016.