Comcast Business, a subsidiary of Comcast Cable that is one of the major internet providers in the country, is now offering direct and dedicated connections to IBM Cloud data centers. This move will allow Comcast in offering additional flexibility and increased connections choices to enable cloud for enterprise customers. With this deal, customers can avail connection speeds up to 10 Gbps in private network connectivity to the IBM cloud data centers for a range of domains like a public, private, or hybrid cloud. Other major data center providers and cloud exchanges like Digital Reality, Equinix, and CyrusOne are also directly linked to the company.
Jeff Lewis, Vice President of data services at Comcast Business said, “By working with IBM Cloud, Comcast Business gives enterprises more choices for connectivity so they can store data, optimize their workloads, and execute mission-critical applications in the cloud, whether it be on-premises, off-premise or a combination of the two. Through dedicated, reliable, secure access with multi-Gigabit performance and low latency, organizations can connect to a cloud system that best fits their needs with the ability to easily scale up in the future as requirements change.”
For businesses, this direct connectivity to the cloud will result in better performance and security. Furthermore, the Direct Link will provide clients of Comcast Business access to the increasing global footprint of IBM Cloud. Currently, IBM Cloud has over 50 data centers with their presence in about 19 countries and 6 continents. Embedded in the data centers are advanced networking systems both hardware and software that facilitates high bandwidth and connectivity, which offers exceptional performance and dependability.
Steve Canepa, IBM’s general manager in global telecommunications, media and entertainment industry said, “Cloud platforms are fundamentally changing how the world’s data is processed, stored and delivered while delivering better agility for enterprises to help reduce costs, improve consumer experiences and create new revenue opportunities. Today’s announcement represents a continued collaboration with Comcast to deliver robust technologies that drive innovation — integrating the power of cloud across private cloud solutions, hybrid deployments, and public cloud offerings.”
This deal will assist Comcast in doubling its customer base across the country alongside benefits to IBM in expanding its enterprise services. Furthermore, Comcast is also providing Service Level Agreement (SLA) along with the deal. Nearly 500 data centers and cloud exchanges are connected to Comcast Business network for access to multiple cloud internet providers.