Create DirectCLOUD connection for IBM
Written by DE-CIX Consulting Team
Updated over a week ago

In the DE-CIX portal, start with "Add Service" and choose "Add DirectCLOUD Service.

On this page, click on the IBM Icon to proceed and then push "Next"

In the next step you have to provide the "Account number" of the IBM environment you want to connect to. If you need any help in retrieving this information click on the Info-button. Click "Next" to proceed.

Now you are coming to the point where you have to specify the service details.

"Cloud On-Ramp Location": IBM Cloud on-ramp location where you want to get connected

"Metro Area of your Access": Location of your DE-CIX access port

"External reference": Optional

"Purchase order": Optional

"Subscriber CIDR": IP Address of your router

"Provider CIDR": IP Address of the IBM Cloud router

"ASN": AS number of your router

"Bandwidth": choose the bandwidth of the service

On the next page check all your values and place your order by clicking on the "Order" button. You can optionally add an "additional address for order confirmation".

Now the order will be processed. If everything is ready you should see an order confirmation and should also receive an email. Click on "Next" to go to the technical part of the ordering process.

Depending on which is your configuration, you can add this cloud VLAN to an Access port or a CloudROUTER:

For this example, we will connect it to an access (this is your access port where you have us to hand over the service to you) and click on add connection details.

You have to specify your port in the access field.

In the VLAN Configuration you have the options to choose: "port", "dot1q" or "qinq"

Depending on the chosen option you have to specify the "VLAN" and "VLAN ethertype"

Click "Next" to finish the service creation.

Now the service is created, and you have to accept the creation in your IBM console, do so by pushing "Accept IBM connection." You will be forwarded to your IBM Console, where you have to accept the connection.

Click Review to finalize the provisioning process.

Review your settings and click Accept.

After your direct link settings are accepted successfully, select a resource group, routing option, and billing type. Optionally, you can enable MD5 authentication to provide additional security for the BGP session, or update your network connection type.

Review your order summary, agree to the Direct Link Connect prerequisites, and then click Create to complete this order.

Your "Direct Link" is created

If you switch back to the DE-CIX portal, it will show the success of this step by switching to the "Cloud order completed" page.

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