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Press Release

SoftLayer® Launches Dedicated Hardware Firewalls

New Offering Protects Cloud, Dedicated, and Virtual Systems Sharing One Network Environment

Dallas—March 8, 2011—

SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Hybrid hosting, today announced the introduction of Dedicated Hardware Firewalls, available on demand and without service interruption through the company’s leading Customer Portal. The new offering lets SoftLayer customers protect one, multiple, or all Cloud, Dedicated, and Virtual systems that share the same Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN), for just one price.

“Each customer’s environment and operations are unique, with their own specific security needs,” said Nathan Day, Chief Scientist for SoftLayer. “Our Dedicated Hardware Firewalls provide customers the opportunity to further individualize their network security strategy, gaining even greater uptime, accessibility, and control.”

SoftLayer’s Dedicated Hardware Firewalls stand between an entire VLAN and the Public Network, analyzing and filtering all network traffic. With the company’s simple-to-use Customer Portal, customers can easily configure the firewall settings for the entire VLAN as well as for individual computing systems. The Portal even provides a library of templates for applying protection rules and configurations for specific applications. Current templates include mail and Web services, Parallels® Plesk, and cPanel, with more to be added soon.

“We work hard to empower our customers, giving them total control and security so that nothing gets in the way of their infrastructure doing the job it is supposed to do,” said Kelly Morphis, Development Lead for SoftLayer. “These days malicious network activity happens to everyone. It’s not a matter of if, but when and how much. Dedicated Hardware Firewalls are the best assurance that your systems will be safe from attacks and accessible to legitimate traffic, no matter what gets thrown at you or anyone else on the Internet.”

“Firewalls are significantly important, yet just one part of the multi-tiered security strategy that we call ‘SecurityLayer™’,” said Mr. Day. “With software and hardware solutions, strategic partnerships with industry-leaders, and certified operational procedures, we wrap our services in overlapping layers of security to ward against threats at the physical, network, system, application, and data levels. Each layer fortifies the others.”

For more information about the new Dedicated Hardware Firewalls and other SoftLayer security solutions, please visit

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
+1 214 442 1842

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