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SoftLayer® Offers VMware® ESX

New Hypervisor Provides Greater IT Infrastructure and Cost Efficiency

DALLAS—Jul. 13, 2010

SoftLayer® today announced it had added VMware® ESX for server virtualization to its comprehensive portfolio of software services. The new service can be added to any dedicated server and is available through SoftLayer's fully-automated Customer Portal.

VMware ESX is a bare-metal hypervisor that abstracts processor, memory, storage, and networking resources to create multiple virtual machines (VM) from a single physical machine. Each VM can run separate operating systems and applications. This provides companies of all sizes with a powerful foundation for building a high-performance, cost-efficient, and reliable IT infrastructure by:

  • Pooling resources, decreasing power, cooling, and floor space requirements
  • Increasing server utilization rates
  • Running multiple operating systems on a single physical server

"At SoftLayer we offer our customers the latest in software and services," said Nathan Day, SoftLayer Chief Technology Officer. "VMware ESX offers industry-leading virtualization. Anyone with an IT infrastructure that includes servers and that has to support multiple OS's will benefit from its increased server utilization capabilities and the related cost advantages."

With hypervisor-based virtualization, a level of software (which is the hypervisor) sits on top of the physical server. The hypervisor allocates portions of the physical server's hardware resources to create multiple virtual servers that are fully independent and secure. Unlike with hosted virtualization, hypervisor-managed virtual servers can all run different operating systems.

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.