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August 29, 2014

SoftLayer Enables Flexibility for Cloud Workloads

SoftLayer (News - Alert) is providing flexibility and variety for demanding cloud workloads with the release of new bare metal servers.

The company claims these servers are deployed in under 30 minutes and billed by the hour - providing the raw performance of physical servers but with shorter commitments.

This enables companies to deploy computing-intensive workloads on SoftLayer whenever they want and in a very easy manner.

SoftLayer has designed these new bare metal servers to stand alone or completely integrate with all other SoftLayer bare metal, virtual, storage, and networking services, in one seamless global platform.

“As businesses deploy more powerful workloads in the cloud, there is increased demand for performance with even shorter demand cycles,” said Marc Jones, chief technology officer for SoftLayer. “Our new hourly bare metal servers are designed to hit the sweet spot of how much power they need, how long they need it, at price points that make sense.”

These single tenant servers connect directly to SoftLayer’s private global network which enables seamless integration between data centers.

Customers don’t have to pay additional networking fees for this feature and can enjoy unlimited inter-data center bandwidth and high performance as well as security.

Currently, SoftLayer is offering its customers four base configurations with CentOS, Red Hat, FreeBSD, or Ubuntu (News - Alert) operating system installed.

Users can deploy the base configuration within 30 minutes, and may further customize the server with additional OS or application installations.

The company intends to provide additional base configurations for hourly bare metal servers in the coming months. 

“Cloud allows businesses to leverage on-demand resources to solve their IT challenges. Since business challenges vary on both a company-by-company and day-to-day basis, true cloud solutions must feature flexibility, diversity, and integration,” said Melanie Posey, Research VP at IDC (News - Alert).  The new hourly-rate bare metal servers use the same SoftLayer platform, control system, and API as the virtual server services – providing customers with on-demand access to the right resources for the right workloads.”




Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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