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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Consider the world your data center.

SoftLayer delivers unmatched scalability and control because we built a different kind of network—a network of networks. Public, private, and management traffic travel across separate network interfaces, segregating and securing traffic while streamlining management.

Our global network boasts more than 2,000Gbps of connectivity between data centers and network points of presence (PoPs). These locations each have multiple 10Gbps transit connections as well as peering links to additional service providers and access networks.

Network Details

BBR: Backbone / Border Router
DAR: Data Center Aggregation Router
SLR: SoftLayer Router
VPN: Managed Virtual Private Network Connections
MBR: Master Back-end Router
BCR: Back-end Customer Router
FCR: Front-end Customer Router

Public Network

Every data center and network PoP has multiple 10Gbps connections to top-tier transit and peering network carriers. Network traffic from anywhere in the world will connect to the closest network PoP, and it will travel directly across our network to its data center, minimizing the number of network hops and handoffs between providers. Inside the data center, we offer up to ten gigabits per second of bandwidth to individual servers to meet even the most demanding network-intensive workloads.

  • Unmetered inbound bandwidth
  • Multiple internet backbone connections
  • Automated IP routing and management
  • Servers available with port speeds up to 10Gbps
  • Geographically redundant DNS

Private Network

All SoftLayer data centers and PoPs are connected by our private network backbone. This private network is separate from the public network, and it enables you to seamlessly connect your services in SoftLayer data centers around the world. Move data between servers at no cost, and take advantage of our update and patch servers, software repositories, backend services, and more without interfering with public network traffic.

  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Secure, customer-configurable private VLANs
  • Free server-to-server cross connects
  • Private Local DNS Resolvers
  • Centralized storage resources
  • Servers available with port speeds up to 10Gbps

Management Network

In addition to the public and private networks, each SoftLayer server is connected to an out-of-band management network. This management network, accessible via VPN, allows access to your server independently of its CPU, firmware and operating system for maintenance and administration purposes. Perform OS reloads, power-cycle your server, or simply use the IPMI connection to watch your server boot up as though you were standing in the data center with a keyboard, monitor, and mouse physically connected.

  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Gigabit port speed
  • OS reload and OS change servers
  • Control the power to your server
  • Use KVM over IP

Best-in-class Network Infrastructure

Our network is built from best-in-class networking infrastructure, hardware, and software with exceptional bandwidth and connectivity for the highest speed and reliability. Every upstream network port is multiple 10G and every rack is terminated with two 10G connections to the public Internet and two 10G connections to our private network.

  • Cisco Systems 10G Network
  • Arbor Peakflow Traffic Analysis
  • DDOS Protection utilizing multiple vendors

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IPv6 Support

SoftLayer has provided native IPv6 support to our publicly available services since December 2008. SoftLayer does not have to worry about tunneling to carry IPv6 over IPv4 networks, which in turn means that our networks are not limited by the diminishing pool of IPv4 addresses. In addition, our support personnel are IPv6 savvy today.

Peer with SoftLayer

If you want to establish a direct peering connection with SoftLayer in one of our network PoPs, you'll need to read up on our peering policy and reach out to our network operations team for more information.

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Network Connectivity

Time Warner
Peering Exchanges
AMS     x4   x4     x2   x1   AMS-IX x6 NLIX x2  
ATL   x1 x1         x1     x1 TIE x1    
CHI   x1 x1   x1     x1     x1 Equinix x2    
DAL   x4 x8   x8     x4   x4 x8 Equinix x2    
DEN   x1 x1         x1       Any2 x1    
FRA     x1   x1     x1       DE-CIX x6 NIX.CZ x1  
HKG         x1 x1 x1   x1   x1 Equinix x1 HKIX x2  
HOU     x2   x2                  
LAX   x1 x1   x1     x1     x1 Any2 x3 Equinix x1  
LON     x1   x1     x1       LINX x8    
MEL                 x1     PipeIX x1    
MEX x2     x2                    
MIA   x1 x1   x1     x1   x2   NOTA x4    
NYC   x1 x2   x1     x1     x1 NYIIX x2 TIE x1  
PAL                       Equinix x2    
PAR     x2   x2     x2       Equinix x1    
SEA   x2 x1   x2           x1 SIX x1    
SJC   x4 x4   x4     x2     x4 Equinix x4    
SNG         x2 x1 x1 x2 x2     Equinix x3 Starhub x1  
SYD                 x1     Equinix x1 PipeIX x1  
TOK         x1 x1 x1   x1     BBIX x1 Equinix x1 JPNAP x1
TOR     x2         x1       TorIX x1    
WDC   x4 x16   x8     x4   x4 x4 Equinix x6    

Location includes data center(s) | Number indicates quantity of 10Gbps connections | Mouse over carrier or location for more details