Create an IBM Direct Link Connection

Prerequisites

  • Before you begin, you should already have a PacketFabric port and cross connect in place. For more information, see Create a Port.

Create a PacketFabric Hosted Connection

  1. Log in to the PacketFabric portal. From the Home page, click Cloud Connectivity:

    screenshot of cloud option under create services

  2. Select Hosted Cloud Connectivity.

  3. Select IBM Cloud.

Complete the following fields:

Select Source Port

Select the source interface. The source interface is the PacketFabric interface directly connected to your network.

Select Destination Location & Speed
Select Destination Location
Select the IBM on-ramp location you would like to use.
Select Availability Zone
Select a zone.

The zone refers to the physical interconnect diversity between PacketFabric and IBM (e.g. different routers).

Allocating connections within different zones supports redundancy.

Select Speed
Set the speed/capacity for your Direct Link connection.
Configure Your Connection
IBM Account ID
Enter your IBM account ID.

This allows PacketFabric to send API requests to IBM creating your connection.

BGP ASN
Enter an ASN to use with your BGP session.

You can use a private ASN, the PacketFabric public ASN 4556, or a public ASN owned by you.

IBM excludes the following ASNs:

64512, 64513, 65100, 65201-65234, 65402-65433, 65500, and 4201065000-4201065999

The default value is 64999.

Optional Configuration Settings
User CIDR
The IP address for the router that you are using in your BGP session with IBM.
IBM CIDR
The IP address for the IBM-side router in the BGP session.

NOTE: If you leave these fields blank, IBM assigns IP addresses for the BGP session.

If you want to specify a CIDR (for example, to avoid conflicts with a subnet), then note the following:

  • You cannot enter a CIDR in one field and leave the other blank. You must enter a value for each.
  • IBM allows the following IP address ranges:
    • 10.254.0.0/16
    • 172.16.0.0/12
    • 192.168.0.0/16
    • 169.254.0.0/16
    • A public IP address that you own
Product Confirmation
Product Description
Enter a description for the connection.
This description will be the name associated with the Direct Link connection from the IBM side, so it should be unique within your IBM account.
NOTE: Do not include any spaces in the description. The description is the Direct Link name in the IBM Console, and IBM limits names to numbers, letters, underscores, and dashes.
Billing
Select the appropriate billing account to associate with this service.

Review your information. When everything is correct, click Place Order.

To complete provisioning, you must accept the Direct Link connection from the IBM side. Select one of the following:

  • Accept Now: Open the IBM portal in a new tab. Skip to step 4 in the procedure below.

  • Accept Later: Return to the PacketFabric Cloud Connectivity page. The connection remains in the Provisioning state until accepted.

    IMPORTANT: Once created, we poll IBM every 30 seconds to check if you have accepted from the IBM side. If after a week you have not accepted, the PacketFabric connection is automatically deleted.
  1. Log in to the IBM Cloud portal.

  2. Click the navigation menu in the upper right and select Interconnectivity.

    screenshot of the IBM portal nav menu

  3. Click Direct Link.

  4. Locate and expand the Direct Link connection you created earlier.

  5. Click Review.

    screenshot of expanded direct link

  6. If everything is correct, click Accept.

    If something is incorrect and you reject the connection, the PacketFabric connection automatically deletes.
  7. Under Finalize creation, complete the following fields:

    • Header row
      • Field
      • Description
    • Row 1
      • Resource group
      • A resource group allows you to manage billing and cascade permissions to resources within that group.
    • Row 1
      • Billing
      • This determines how IBM bills you for the Direct Link connection. This is separate from PacketFabric’s billing. For more information, see IBM’s Direct Link pricing.
        • Metered: You are charged a port fee based on bandwidth, and then are charged on a per-GB basis for data transfer. The data transfer cost depends on location.
        • Unmetered: You are charged a flat fee for both the port and data transfer.
    • Row 1
      • Routing
        • Local: Includes unlimited ingress and egress traffic, but you can only reach resources within your local market. For more information, see Direct Link Overview.
        • Global: You can reach resources anywhere outside the local market, but you are charged an additional flat fee. For more information, see Pricing for the global routing add-on.
  8. Review and accept the IBM Direct Link terms and prerequisites.

  9. Click Create.

Next steps

  1. Add a virtual connection to your IBM virtual private cloud (VPC).

  2. Set up VRF.