Verizon is now offering its customers a secure and direct connection to the IBM Cloud. With Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect services users can connect directly to IBM Cloud services through a secure, flexible private link that enables workloads to move between clouds. It also gives enterprises the freedom to store data in a variety of settings, including a traditional IT environment, a dedicated on- or-off premises cloud and a shared off-premises cloud making it easier to scale and meet business requirements. Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect enables users to take advantage of Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities allowing for more control and agility over their connectivity to cloud environments. Capabilities include consumption-based bandwidth, pre-provisioned on-demand resources, controlled application performance and varying classes of service. “Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect allows users to connect to applications simply, securely and reliably,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation for Verizon. “With SDN at the heart of our Secure Cloud Interconnect solution, IBM customers will find it delivers an unbeatable combination of performance, control and efficiency to enable their digital transformation.” Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect customers can now connect to IBM Cloud data center sites located in Dallas and San Jose in the US and Tokyo and Sydney in the Asia Pacific region. Two additional sites are planned in Europe for the beginning of 2016.