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IBM Cloud Lowering Latency to Under 15 Milliseconds With Direct Link

When on-demand cloud data center and hosting services provider IBM Cloud needed to expand its global data center footprint to meet burgeoning demand for its Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, it needed the right data center partner to achieve the best available combination of power, space, and price.

Proximity to our customers is crucial to driving innovation and improving a better end user experience. We turned to Digital Realty to assist us in our international expansion efforts because their facilities gave us a way to rapidly deploy and get our data center operations live quickly.

Francisco Romero , Chief Operating Officer, IBM Cloud

This case study covers IBM partnering with Digital Realty to put IBM Cloud Data Centers right next door to Digital Realty’s world-class data center deployments, with direct dark fiber connection between them. This solution allows IBM Cloud to secure private cloud deployments while delivering industry-leading connectivity and throughput speeds. The size of Digital Realty’s global footprint, with more than 25 million sq. ft. of data center space worldwide and more than 2,000 customers, gives it the clout to secure a very favorable cost of power for its customers. This cost structure constitutes a measurable competitive advantage, which IBM Cloud is able to pass on to its customers.