Network

Consider the world your data center.

The only way to provide the level of scalability and control that SoftLayer delivers is by building a different kind of network. So we innovated a network of networks, including a public network, a private network, and an internal management network. Each system in our data centers has three separate network interfaces to each network, segregating and securing traffic, and providing

greater access and streamlined management. Our network boasts more than 2,000 Gbps of connectivity between our data centers and 17 network points of presence (PoPs), with multiple 10Gbps connections per location from leading network carriers and public peering links to additional Internet access networks.



Network details


Private Network

All SoftLayer data centers and PoPs are connected by a fiber private network, based on separate carriers from our public network. It enables you to seamlessly connect your services in SoftLayer data centers around the world, and securely access and control your services out of band for exceptional security, accessibility, and bandwidth efficiency.

  • Secure out-of-band management via VPN
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Secure private VLANs per customer (add to
    on the fly)
  • Gigabit speed from server to server
  • No charge for server to server cross connects
  • Secure customer to customer cross connects
  • Private Local DNS Resolvers

Public Network

Every data center and PoP has multiple 10Gbps connections from multiple top-tier backbone carriers, and brings gigabit speed right to the server, for high-speed network performance, exceptional resiliency, and superior traffic management and end user experiences.

  • Unmetered inbound bandwidth
  • Multiple internet backbone connections
  • Automated IP routing and management
  • Gigabit speed from server to internet
  • Geographically redundant DNS

Management Network

All SoftLayer services connect to our unique management network, providing fast, streamlined access to update and patch servers, software repositories, backend services, and more, all with unmetered traffic.

  • Private OS Update Servers
  • OS Reload and OS Change Servers
  • SoftLayer Software Repository
  • Centralized NAS / Backup
  • McAfee Security Update Server


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
  • Cisco Guard DDOS Protection
  • Arbor Peakflow Traffic Analysis
  • Arbor Atlas Global Traffic Analyzer


Learn More about our Infrastructure Vendors



IPv6 Native

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.



Data Centers

Number indicates quantity of 10Gbps connections T=Transit P=Peering



Carriers
 
AMS
DAL01
DAL02
DAL05
DAL06
DAL07
HOU2
SJC
SEA
SNG
WDC


Comcast®
T
x4
x4
x4
x4
x4
x1
x1
x2


Level3®
T
x4
x8
x8
x8
x8
x8
x2
x1
x1
x8


NTT America
T
x4
x8
x8
x8
x8
x8
x2
x4
x2
x2
x8


Pacnet
T
x2


PCCW
T
x1


TeliaSonera
T
x2
x4
x4
x4
x4
x4
x2
x2


Telstra
T
x2


AMS-IX
P
x4


Equinix
P
x2
x2
x2
x2
x2
x2
x1
x4


SIX
P
x1


Starhub
P
x1


Telefónica
P
x4
x4
x4
x4
x4
x2


Time Warner
P
x8
x8
x8
x8
x8
x4
x1
x2


10MB download


100MB download


Launch SpeedTest


Ping/Trace Route



Network PoPs


Carriers
 
Atlanta
Chicago
Denver
Frankfurt
Hong Kong
London
Los Angeles
Miami
New York
Palo Alto
Tokyo


Comcast®
T
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1


TeliaSonera
T
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1


NTT America
T
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1


Time Warner
P
x1
x1
x1


Level3®
T
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1
x1


TIE
P
x1
x1


Equinix
P
x2
x1
x1
x1


RMIX
P
x1


ANY2
P
x2


NOTA
P
X2


Telefónica
P
x2


NYIIX
P
x2


Telstra
T
x1
x1


JPNAPs
P
x1


HKIX
x1


DE-CIX
x4


LINX
x6