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SoftLayer® Introduces Build Your Own Cloud

New Service Delivers Custom-Configured Cloud Servers

DALLAS—Jul. 15, 2010

SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovative on-demand data center services provider, today announced the launch of Build Your Own Cloud, a new addition to its leading CloudLayerTM family of cloud services. Build Your Own Cloud lets customers create customized cloud servers to gain greater application performance, cost efficiency, and availability.

Key benefits include:

  • Customized CPU, RAM, and storage configurations
  • No fixed resource packages
  • Increased flexibility for scaling or modifying solution
  • Simple, easy-to-use ordering through web or portal

"Build Your Own Cloud exemplifies our vision for giving customers control over every aspect of their computing environment,” said Nathan Day, Chief Technology Officer for SoftLayer. “We are leading the industry with this level of customization for cloud computing. It brings to market the advantages of a cloud server with the opportunity to tailor system architecture and design like you would a dedicated server."

Previously, service providers have only offered fixed cloud server sizes or configurations. This made cloud solutions less efficient options for administrators wanting to optimize a server for the applications it would run (every application requires a different ratio of CPU power, memory, or storage for best performance).

"This potent mix of attributes—customizable cloud instances within a hybrid, highly automated public cloud environment—proves SoftLayer unique across the industry," said Paul Burns, President of IT analyst firm Neovise. "CloudLayer has been an extremely compelling offering for enterprise IT, SaaS vendors, online gaming providers, and anyone else that wants to go beyond test and development. This new ability to personalize the size and price of cloud servers can benefit every SoftLayer customer."

Neovise’s full report on Build Your Own Cloud can be downloaded at

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.