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SoftLayer Launches Next Generation of Industry's First Open API

Dallas—Jul. 20, 2010

SoftLayer launched its Application Protocol Interface (API) 3.0, an even more enhanced version of the industry’s first open source API.

API 3.0 provides system-to-system access to the more than 100 backend functions also available through SoftLayer’s proprietary, industry-leading Customer Portal. It can securely connect any system regardless of device or location—even mobile devices such as a RIM Blackberry or Apple iPhone—via SoftLayer’s innovative “network-within-a-network” private network topology. Its improvements over the previous generation include:

  • Highly-integrated, object-oriented approach
  • Greater .NET, Java, and Ruby on Rails compatibility
  • Deeper integration with SoftLayer’s core Portal SOA design

"SoftLayer is committed to giving customers more access and power. And that’s exactly what the API is all about," said Nathan Day, Chief Technology Officer for SoftLayer. "By directly integrating their systems with the SoftLayer infrastructure, customers have seamless control of their Hardware, Applications, and Services. They can eliminate layers of management systems and radically simplify their operations."

As with SoftLayer’s earlier API versions, API 3.0 continues to be capable of using both SOAP and XML-RPC interfaces and, as an open, standards-based platform, can fully integrate with any thirdparty or custom application.

"It really leverages the open-source advantage," Mr. Day said. "Since releasing the first open API last summer, we’ve been overwhelmed by the customer and development network response. They have generated a lot of ideas and created countless custom control panels and client-side applications. We’ve incorporated their feedback into our roadmap and created a new version that will continue to fuel use and development."

SoftLayer API 3.0 is available at no cost to all SoftLayer customers. Anyone with a connection to the private network, either directly connected through their SoftLayer server or logged in remotely through a VPN, may use API-based applications.

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.