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Direct Link

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Simplify, secure, and speed up data transfer between your private infrastructure and your SoftLayer services. Or create a new hybrid solution that leverages the best of your in-house resources and the SoftLayer platform.

Plug into SoftLayer’s private network with a Direct Link in any of our network points of presence (PoPs), and enjoy unparalleled network performance to and from your servers in any of our data centers around the world.


Move data to and from your on-premises data center across 1Gbps or 10Gbps network connections.


Protect your sensitive, business-critical data by controlling every hop of its network path.


Enjoy direct, free access to your servers in every SoftLayer data center across our private network.

To learn more about our Direct Link solution, chat with a member of our sales team.

Popular Use Cases

Fully Integrated Hybrid Environment

Blur the lines between on-prem and off-prem resources. With a high speed, direct network link between your data centers and ours, you can move data between servers (literally) at the speed of light.

Frequent (and Massive) Backup and Storage

Back up or store huge volumes of data from your corporate data centers on your SoftLayer infrastructure (or the other way around) without paying us a cent for bandwidth. And because you have a dedicated network connection, your transfer rates will be fast, consistent, and reliable.

Super-Secure Data

Customers moving sensitive financial, health, or government-regulated data to and from our cloud platform can further ensure its security by completely avoiding exposure to the public Internet at all times.

Making the Connection

Establishing a Direct Link connection to SoftLayer is simple: Extend your on-premises network into one of our available network PoP locations and cross-connect your router to ours, and we'll enable a private and secure 1Gbps or 10Gbps connection to your SoftLayer servers across the private network.

With this connection, you’ll have unfettered access to your servers on the SoftLayer platform. And because you’re connected to our private network, all traffic across your Direct Link and between your servers in all of our data centers is free and unmetered.


Direct Link is available in 20 network points of presence around the world. Choose where you want to link up to the SoftLayer private network, and let’s get connected.

Get Started

To order a Direct Link, navigate to the “Network” tab in the customer portal and select the “Direct Link” option. You’ll answer a few simple questions about the requested connection, and our sales team will respond with the technical details you need to know.

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