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SoftLayer Adds Windows Server 2008 to its Comprehensive OS Offering

Dallas—Jul. 20, 2010

SoftLayer has announced the immediate availability of all four of the new Windows Server 2008 Editions as options in its full line of dedicated server operating systems (OS). As with all SoftLayer OS offerings, ordering and installing the new OS is available to new and existing customers and fully automated through the company’s online tool and customer portal.

With this new release, Microsoft has significantly enhanced its industry-leading Windows Server platform. The Web Edition has significant enhancements, now comparable to the Standard Edition of Windows 2003. Other major benefits to the updated OS include:

  • Web – delivers rich, Web-based experiences efficiently and effectively with improved administration and diagnostics, development, and application tools.
  • Virtualization –built-in server virtualization technology enables administrators to reduce costs, increase hardware utilization, optimize infrastructure, and improve server availability.
  • Security – hardened operating system and security innovations—including Network Access Protection, Federated Rights Management, and Read-Only Domain Controller—provide unprecedented levels of network, data, and business protection.
  • Solid Foundation for Business Workloads – new technologies and features such as Server Core, PowerShell, Windows Deployment Services, and enhanced networking and clustering technologies make it the versatile and reliable Windows platform to date.

"The new features delivered by Microsoft combined with our industry-leading customer portal will greatly increase both the access and control of our customers’ servers," said Andrew Maten, Director of IT Systems for Microsoft Products at SoftLayer. "We will continue rolling out more versions and options of this exciting new OS over the coming months."

As part of the Windows Server 2008 launch, SoftLayer and Microsoft are offering the first 300 customers a free copy of Microsoft Expressions Web and one year of free training through, a savings of $550. Expressions is Microsoft’s new professional web design tool for creating modern, standards-based, superior quality sites.

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.