Colt is ‘first in Japan’ to connect IBM Cloud Direct Link

30 November 2018 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Colt has expanded its collaboration with IBM to become the first IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect service provider in Japan.

The company said that the new partnership “will allow enterprise customers the ability to establish a private network connection from their own IT infrastructure to the IBM Cloud”.

Kenji Hioki, Colt’s president and regional executive for Asia, said: “Many enterprises in Japan are currently undergoing digital transformations, and partnerships like this one with IBM will allow Colt to facilitate access to the cloud environments they need to truly drive their businesses forward.”

Colt announced its initial IBM Cloud Direct Link partnership in June, meaning that businesses could utilise Colt’s Dedicated Cloud Access to provide private network connectivity between their own data centres or office locations and the IBM Cloud.

With the Japanese connection, Colt said it will be able to give customers in the region “a cloud networking experience that provides increased resilience, low latency and access to their core applications securely”.

Hioki said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be the first IBM Cloud Direct Link Connect service provider in Japan. As a business locally, Colt has been focused on ensuring our customers have the best experience possible to power their next wave of growth.”