Bare Metal Servers

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

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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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Cloud Storage

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

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Fill your cloud toolbox.

We know the server management pain points that make system administrators cringe. So we provide tools to help: Quickly and easily provision, test, recover, and move your data onto or between servers.

Our tools streamline and automate these complex, time-consuming processes. And thanks to our unique platform of bare metal and virtual servers, you’ll find innovative capabilities you’ve never seen before.



Seamless Integration

Our management tools are built on our API and are tightly integrated with your cloud infrastructure.

Easy to Use

Set, monitor, and tweak the control of your tools via simple graphic interfaces or our API.

Simple Scaling

Scale and flex your environment painlessly with our innovative imaging and automation capabilities.


Flex Images

Move from virtual to bare metal and back again.

Capture images from virtual or bare metal servers, store them in a single image library, and then deploy them on either kind of system. Capabilities that have historically only been available with virtual infrastructure—the ability to quickly clone and reload servers—now available with bare metal servers. Our automated system adapts any image on the fly, so you can deploy it on any platform or system you choose, enabling simple, seamless migration between physical and virtual environments.

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Image Import/Export

Bring your own image to your SoftLayer solution, or vice versa.

If you already developed server configurations to meet your specific business needs, our Image Import and Export service allows you to import your disk images into your SoftLayer account, ready to deploy new SoftLayer virtual servers. This is a free service to all SoftLayer customers (beyond the standard charges for virtual servers and storage). Current SoftLayer customers can log in to the customer portal to start using Image Import/Export today.

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Auto Scale

Adjust your cloud footprint without lifting a finger.

Auto Scale lets you adjust your cloud footprint dynamically and automatically based on triggers such as schedules, CPU utilization, and bandwidth usage, so your environment will always run at optimum levels. Create a few simple triggers in our customer portal, and our system will add or remove virtual servers as your rules dictate. Never exhaust your cloud infrastructure resources, and avoid overprovisioning (and paying for) servers that are only needed during peak usage times.

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Rescue Kernel

Boot a failed server with an external kernel,
to diagnose and resolve issues.

Bring a server online after a crash or failure in order to troubleshoot system issues that would normally only be resolved through an OS reload. Launched from the SoftLayer customer portal, our automated system boots failed servers into a RAM-disk Unix, Linux, or Windows PE rescue kernel, providing access and control of the troubled server. Run a wide range of tools, including disk recovery utilities, PassMark tests, OS-specific repair utilities, and up-to-date antivirus, spyware, and root kit scan utilities.

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PassMark BurnInTest™

Test and harden servers before troubles arise.

Test your SoftLayer hardware before deploying your mission-critical workload or after configuration changes to help reduce costly outages of critical operations. BurnInTest thoroughly exercises the CPU, drive, and RAM, simulating long-term application usage in a short period of vulnerability testing. Taking advantage of this test.

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