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Press Release

SoftLayer® Launches Ksplice® Uptrack

OS Add-on Enables Linux Kernel Patching Without Rebooting

Dallas—June 9, 2011—SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovative provider of on-demand Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, today announced it has added Ksplice® Uptrackto its wide range of available services. The powerful Linux operating system (OS) add-on enables kernel security updates to be installed on SoftLayer Dedicated Serversor CloudLayer® Computinginstances in seconds, while systems are running with no reboot required.

“We’re excited to offer customers the advantages that Ksplice provides for managing their Linux systems,” said Nathan Day, Chief Scientist for SoftLayer. “Now, there is no need to delay updates to maximize uptime on your production environments. You don’t even have to reboot to set Ksplice up the first time.”

Ksplice Uptrack collects Linux updates from all major vendors, converts each into a rebootless update, and then publishes the updates to Ksplice Uptrack servers for seamless download and installation. Ksplice operates at the object code layer, enabling it to transform many traditional source code patches into hot updates with little or no programmer involvement. Key features include:

  • Virtualization support for VMware®, Parallels® Virtuozzo, Citrix® Xen®, and more
  • Compatibility with control panels and third-party kernel modules
  • Rollback capability to instantly reverse any update
  • Performance neutrality, not requiring a persistently running process
  • Convenient browser-based tool for seeing if systems are up to date

In addition, Ksplice Uptrack servers are on the SoftLayer private network, streamlining installation for SoftLayer customers and using no metered bandwidth for installation.

Ksplice Uptrack can be ordered today for new servers at www.softlayer.com or for existing servers through the SoftLayer Customer Portal.

About SoftLayer Technologies

Headquartered in Dallas, SoftLayer is the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, and the largest private hosting company in the world. SoftLayer provides cloud, dedicated, and seamlessly integrated computing environments, with world-class data centers in Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and network Points of Presence nationwide. The company integrates and automates all elements of its platform, empowering enterprises of any size with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management via a leading Customer Portal and Open API. For more information, please visit www.softlayer.com or call 866.398.7638.

Contact:
Andre Fuochi
Director, Corporate Communications
469.394.7274
afuochi@softlayer.com