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File Storage

Full-featured file storage.

Connect your bare metal and virtual servers to durable, fast, and flexible NFS-based file storage. In this Network Attached Storage (NAS) environment, you have total control over your file shares function and perform.

Create file shares with your desired capacity—from 20GB to 12TB—and choose whether you want those file shares to be provisioned with the flexibility of Endurance or the raw power of Performance.



Flexible

Customize your file storage solution and scale it based on size or performance.

Reliable

High-performance storage infrastructure provides industry-leading data durability.

Predictable Billing

Lock in costs every month. No hidden fees or charges.

File storage. SoftLayer style.

Get the storage you need, where you need it.

Durable: Our file storage protects the integrity of the data and maintains availability through maintenance events and unplanned failures.

Allocated IOPS: Shares are provisioned with customizable allocated levels of IOPS to meet your workload’s unique storage needs.

Highly Available Connectivity: File storage shares are exposed to authorized devices over routed TCP/IP connections for resiliency.

Snapshots & Replications (Endurance only): Efficient, point-in-time snapshots that are captured non-disruptively and engineered to minimize space. Snapshots can be replicated to select SoftLayer data centers.

Global Footprint: File shares can be provisioned alongside your cloud servers in SoftLayer data center locations around the world.


Options: Endurance & Performance

Control every aspect of your storage.

Add file storage to your cloud environment in any of our global data centers today by ordering shares through the customer portal to meet your needs. Choose between Endurance and Performance options:

Starting at
15
¢
/GB
0.25
IOPS
/GB
per month
Endurance
With Endurance file storage, all shares support snapshots and replication. Shares can be provisioned in your desired storage capacity—from 20GB to 12TB—and at your desired IOPS tier with simple per-GB pricing:

Monthly Price$0.15 /GB $0.35 /GB$0.58 /GB
Included IOPS0.25 IOPS/GB 2 IOPS/GB 4 IOPS/GB

Popular Use Cases

Backup/Archive : Provision durable, persistent storage for data that needs to be moved off of local disk.

Hypervisor VM Storage : Host a library of virtual machine images to for VMs running in your private cloud environment.

Mass File Storage : Store and share files with a cost-effective storage solution.

Starting at
10
¢
/GB
12
¢
/IOP
per month

Performance
When your files move fast, ensure your persistant storage solution can keep up by selecting Performance file storage. Select the storage capacity you need—from 20GB to 12TB—and select the number of IOPS you want dedicated to your file storage share.

Popular Use Cases

Virtual Desktop : Meet the rigorous demands of desktop users in a virtual desktop infrastructure with file shares that are provisioned to peak amounts of IOPS.

Big Data Analytics : Achieve the read/write speed required by big data analytics.

Digital Media : Performance shares provisioned to specific IOPS and capacity can offer digital media companies the ability to always have content available to its creators and consumers.


Storage Cost Calculator

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IOPS per GB

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File Storage 101

Is file storage right for you?

File storage is an NFS-based storage solution provisioned in formatted file shares on a networked storage device and deployed in NAS environment. File-level storage is easy to use and is readily compatible with most popular operating systems. As the name suggests, file-level storage is designed to support the storing and retrieving of massive amounts of files.

SoftLayer file storage shares provide enterprise-grade data performance and durability, standard. The service is built on an industry-leading storage architecture that seamlessly fuses solid-state drives—ideal for computing operations that need higher input/output operations per second (IOPS)—with enterprise-grade spinning disks—allowing near-limitless scalability while minimizing costs. Your file storage is hosted in the same data center as your SoftLayer virtual and bare metal servers and shares can be replicated to other SoftLayer data centers over our private network.

SoftLayer file storage offerings support NFS versions 3.0, 4.0, and 4.1 (with no pNFS).

Looking for a different storage option? Our block storage is also available with Performance and Endurance capabilities. Learn more about SoftLayer block storage.