Cloud Servers

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

Just as every job is easier with the right tool, every workload runs better on the right technology. And complex cloud environments can have multiple, widely-ranging workloads. That’s why SoftLayer provides powerful bare metal servers and flexible virtual server instances in a single, seamless platform: The same data centers, one global network of networks, and a single API, Web portal, and account model.

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

Your virtual server can be online in 5–15 minutes, and a bare metal server can be provisioned in 2–4 hours.

Flexible

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

Integrated

Optimize performance and management with all services integrated in one management system and network.



Comparing SoftLayer Bare Metal with Virtual


 
Bare Metal Servers
Virtual Server Instances


Tenancy
Single
Single & Multi


Billing
Hourly & Monthly
Hourly & Monthly


Commitment
Single
Single & Multi


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


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