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Press Release

SoftLayer Introduces New Hourly Bare Metal Servers, Deployed in Minutes

Provides even more flexibility and variety for demanding cloud workloads

Dallas—August 26, 2014—SoftLayer, an IBM Company, today announced the immediate availability of new bare metal servers that are deployed in under 30 minutes and billed by the hour. Hourly bare metal servers provide the raw performance of physical servers with shorter commitments, making it easier than ever to deploy computing-intensive workloads on SoftLayer at will. The servers can stand alone or completely integrate with all other SoftLayer bare metal, virtual, storage, and networking services, all in one seamless global platform.

“We have always focused on providing customers the right balance of performance, commitment, and cost,” said Marc Jones, CTO for SoftLayer. “As businesses deploy more powerful workloads in the cloud, there is increased demand for performance with even shorter demand cycles. Our new hourly bare metal servers are designed to hit the sweet spot of how much power they need, how long they need it, at price points that make sense.”

“Cloud allows businesses to leverage on-demand resources to solve their IT challenges. Since business challenges vary on both a company-by-company and day-to-day basis, true cloud solutions must feature flexibility, diversity, and integration,” said Melanie Posey, Research VP at IDC.  The new hourly-rate bare metal servers use the same SoftLayer platform, control system, and API as the virtual server services – providing customers with on-demand access to the right resources for the right workloads.”

The new hourly bare metal servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to SoftLayer’s private global network. The SoftLayer global private network allows for seamless integration between data centers without additional networking fees, unlimited inter-data center bandwidth, and exceptional performance and security.

Customers may choose from four base configurations with CentOS, Red Hat, FreeBSD, or Ubuntu operating system installed. The base configuration is deployed within 30 minutes, after which the server may be further customized with additional OS or application installations.  

Additional base configurations for hourly bare metal servers will be available in the coming months.  

The new hourly bare metal configurations are available immediately at SoftLayer’s global data centers in Dallas, San Jose, Washington D.C., London, Toronto, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Hong Kong. 

For more information please visit http://www.softlayer.com/hourly-bare-metal-servers.

About IBM Cloud Computing

IBM is the global leader in cloud with an unmatched portfolio of open cloud solutions to enable clients for the hybrid cloud era with integration, control over data and expertise. IBM Cloud has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world. Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a growing global network of data centers. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more the 5.5M client transactions daily through IBM's public cloud. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/cloud. Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at www.thoughtsoncloud.com. Join the conversation #ibmcloud.

About SoftLayer, an IBM Company

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. With 100,000 devices under management and a global footprint of data centers and network points of presence, SoftLayer provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service to leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises. SoftLayer’s modular architecture provides unparalleled performance and control, with a full-featured API and sophisticated automation controlling a flexible unified platform that seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices, and a worldwide network for secure, low-latency communications. For more information, please visit softlayer.com.

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