Add an IBM Direct Link Connection to a Cloud Router

Process overview

The basic steps to adding an IBM Cloud connection to a PacketFabric Cloud Router are as follows:

Create a PacketFabric Cloud Router connection

  1. Log in to the PacketFabric portal and select Network > Cloud Routers.

  2. Click the Cloud Router to open its side panel.

  3. Select Create Connection.

    screenshot of the cloud router actions menu

  4. Select IBM Cloud.


Complete the following fields and then click Next.

IBM On-Ramp and Capacity
Create a NAT-capable connection
Select this option if you want to be able to enable NAT for the connection. This ensures the connection will provision on a device that allows NAT.
This is the IBM on-ramp location you would like to use. This cannot be changed after it is provisioned.
This is the speed/capacity you are setting for the connection.
Availability Zone
Select a zone.
PacketFabric availability zones represent physical diversity; each availability zone is a unique chassis. Allocating connections within different zones supports redundancy.
Connection Details
IBM Account ID
Enter your IBM account ID.
This allows PacketFabric to send API requests to IBM creating your connection. You can find this on the Account Settings page in the IBM portal. If you cannot view this page, you will need to contact the account owner to get the ID.
Connection description
Enter a name for the connection.
NOTE: This is used as the connection name in IBM Cloud, so it must follow the IBM Cloud naming rules. It can only contain letters, numbers, underscores, and dashes.
Optional Configuration Settings
The IP address for the router that you are using in your BGP session with IBM.
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:
    • A public IP address that you own
  • The CIDRs chosen from one of the IP address ranges above must use subnet mask /29, /30, or /31. For example, and


Select a billing account and then 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.

Accept the Direct Link connection

  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 IBM Cloud resources within your local market. For more information, see Direct Link Overview.
        • Global: You can reach IBM Cloud 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.

  3. Set up BGP.

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