Bare Metal Servers

Build a bare metal server with your choice of processor(s), hard drive configuration, RAM, port speed, and more.

order hourly
Order monthly

Virtual Servers

Select the cores, storage, and RAM you need in your virtual server, and we'll deploy it in 5 to 15 minutes.

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Order monthly

Cloud Storage

Scale your storage infrastructure on demand while controlling your costs with SoftLayer object storage.

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Cloud Servers

All computing options. One platform. That’s cloud without compromise.

Complex cloud environments can have multiple, widely-ranging workloads. That’s why SoftLayer provides powerful bare metal servers and flexible virtual servers in a single, seamless platform.

As you expect with virtual cloud servers (but rarely with bare metal), it’s all on demand and billed on monthly or hourly terms. No long-term commitments. Complete infrastructure control.



On Demand

A virtual server can be online in 5–15 minutes. A bare metal server can be provisioned in 2–4 hours.

Flexible

Move images between bare metal and virtual servers with our automated Flex Images technology.

Integrated

All services are integrated on a single platform to optimize performance and management.



Compare SoftLayer Bare Metal and Virtual Servers


 
Bare Metal Servers
Virtual Servers


Tenancy
Single
Single & Multi

Billing
Hourly & Monthly
Hourly & Monthly

Configuration options
All hardware resources
Core count, RAM, and storage

Computing power
From single processor 4-core architectures to quad-processor 8-core architectures
Up to 16 cores per virtual server (With minimum 2.0+ GHz/core)

Local storage range
Up to 36 Drives per server
SATA: 500GB to 4TB
SCSI: 73GB to 600GB
SSD: 32GB to 800GB
25GB to 400GB

Included monthly bandwidth
20TB
5TB

Chat and phone support
24x7
24x7

Available operating systems
  • CentOS
  • CloudLinux
  • Debian GNU/Linux
  • FreeBSD
  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Citrix Xenserver
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • VMware ESXi
  • Vyatta
  • Parallels
  • CentOS
  • CloudLinux
  • Debian GNU/Linux
  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Vyatta

Ideal workloads
Data-intensive workloads that prioritize performance and reliability
Highly variable workloads that prioritize flexibility and scalability