Press Release

SoftLayer Connects Datacenters with 10G

Dallas—January 29, 2008—SoftLayer has radically expanded its network-within-the-network topology by connecting its Dallas and Seattle datacenters with a dedicated 10G fiber link. The company’s private and public networks are now both connected between the cities via private, 10G point-to-point connections, providing the fastest connection with the lowest latency.

This advancement gives SoftLayer customers an even wider range of options and advantages. They can now transfer an unlimited amount of data between cities securely and free of charge. Customers using StorageLayer (SoftLayer’s proprietary storage solution which includes EVault backup, NAS, and ISCSI storage) will have improved failover capabilities, with high-speed access to both sites for onsite or offsite backup and disaster recovery, and ISCSI snapshots and global datacenter-to-datacenter replication for higher protection. In addition, customers can now access the private network via out-of-band VPN connections in either Dallas or Seattle.

"This level of control and enterprise grade capabilities are new to mass market hosting—they’ve just been too expensive for many businesses to deploy," said George Karidis, SoftLayer Chief Strategy Officer. "This is only the first of many cross-datacenter services that we have slated to go live in 2008. We will continue to ramp up our virtual datacenter services and deliver even more sophisticated IT services to all of our customers."

The host of new services the company plans to release in the first quarter of 2008 will also focus on geographical redundancy, improved performance, and data protection, as well as SoftLayer’s central goal to provide fully outsourced IT operations and "serverless" operations for startups and mature businesses. "Our fundamental vision is to deliver all of the infrastructure that a business needs to survive and thrive in the 21st century at a fraction of the traditional costs, letting that business focus on its core competency," said Mr. Karidis. "The days of simple collocation and managed hosting are gone."

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 or call 866.398.7638.

Mark Quigley
Director - Corporate Communications
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