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Connecting to IBM Cloud Direct Link 1.0

IBM Direct Link lets you create private connections between their remote network environments and their IBM Cloud deployments.

When connecting to IBM through a Direct Link with Megaport, the Virtual Cross Connect (VXC) forms the Layer 2 component of the connection. Layer 3 BGP connectivity is established directly between the customer and IBM Cloud.

The benefits of creating an IBM Direct Link through Megaport include:

  • Reduced latency, increased availability
  • Reduced data egress cost
  • Secure connectivity

To set up IBM Direct Link with Megaport, you need to open a ticket with IBM to create the Direct Link with Megaport as the provider, and then you need to create a VXC from your Port to the Direct Link.

Design considerations when setting up your Direct Link to IBM Cloud:

  • Redundancy: Megaport supports redundant connections. In each of the Direct Link peering locations, Megaport has established two diverse Direct Links with IBM Cloud. In the Megaport Portal, the Ports are noted as Port 1 and Port 2. A redundant configuration requires two or more VXCs.

  • Local/Global Routing Options: The Local Routing option provides access to data centers with the same three-letter prefix as the Point of Presence (such as DAL, AMS, and MEL). The Global Routing option is required as an add-on to reach data centers outside of those locations. For details on local and global routing options, see the IBM cloud documentation.

  • Port speed options for IBM Direct Link Connect are 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 500 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, or 5 Gbps. For pricing details from IBM, see Pricing for IBM Cloud Direct Link.

  • Megaport-Enabled Direct Link Locations:

    • North America: Ashburn, Dallas, San Jose, Toronto
    • Europe: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London
    • Melbourne, Sydney

To create a ticket with IBM for the Direct Link Connect through Megaport

  1. Log in to the IBM Cloud.
  2. Click the main menu in the IBM Cloud and select Infrastructure.
    IBM Cloud

  3. Select Direct Link > Connect.
    Direct Link

  4. Name your Direct Link in the IBM Cloud and select your peering location, provider (Megaport), port speed, routing option (Local / Global), and ASN.
    Direct Link details

  5. Click Next.

  6. Acknowledge the terms and conditions.
  7. Click Create.

You are provided with an IBM Cloud Ticket number. Copy the IBM Cloud Ticket and go to the Megaport Portal to provision a VXC to the IBM Direct Link Connect peering location.

To create a VXC to the IBM Direct Link Connect

  1. In the Megaport Portal, find the Port to attach your VXC and click +Connection.
    If you haven’t already created a Port, see Creating a Port.
    Add connection

  2. Click the Cloud tile and click Next.
    Cloud tile

  3. Select IBM Cloud as the provider.

  4. Select the IBM Direct Link location where the peer will be set up with IBM Cloud and click Next.
    This destination should match the peer location selected in the IBM Cloud. Direct Link details

  5. Specify these connection details:

    • Connection Name – Enter the IBM Cloud ticket number.

    • Service Level Reference (optional) – Specify a unique identifying number for the VXC to be used for billing purposes, such as a cost center number or a unique customer ID. The service level reference number appears for each service under the Product section of the invoice. You can also edit this field for an existing service.


      Partner managed accounts can apply a Partner Deal to a service. For details, see Applying a Deal to a Service.

    • Rate Limit – This is the speed of your connection in Mbps. In most cases, match the port speed created in the IBM Cloud.

    • Preferred A-End VLAN – Optionally, specify an unused VLAN ID for this connection. This must be a unique VLAN ID on this Port and can range from 2 to 4093. If you specify a VLAN ID that is already in use, the system displays the next available VLAN number. The VLAN ID must be unique to proceed with the order. If you don’t specify a value, Megaport will assign one.

      Alternatively, you can click Untag to remove the VLAN tagging for this connection. The untagged option limits you to only one VXC deployed on this Port.
      VLAN details

  6. Click Next to add the VXC and proceed through the checkout process.

IBM will verify the IBM Cloud Ticket number and send you a /30 or /31 Private IP to provision for BGP.

To connect your IBM Direct Link to complete your private connection to your IBM Cloud environment, see the IBM topic Configuring Direct Link on Classic.

Last update: 2021-11-12