Pick your poison.

It doesn’t matter if you have the ideal server for your operations if it doesn’t have the operating systems, control panels, database applications, and utility software you need. SoftLayer offers a comprehensive range of open-source and enterprise 32- and 64-bit software options from industry-leaders including Microsoft®, Red Hat®, Parallels® and cPanel®. (And if you need a title that we don’t offer, you always have root access to your server and can install the software of your choice.) All SoftLayer-offered titles are installed on demand using each vendor’s best practices during our automated server deployment or on demand via our customer portal, and licensed and billed month-to-month with the rest of your solution.

Wide Selection

We support all leading open source and enterprise operating systems, utilities, and applications.

Best Practices

Installation, configuration, and updates are performed to ensure peak performance and security.

On Demand

Installation, reloads, and updates are automated and controlled via API, portal, or mobile app.

Operating System

32- and 64-bit operating systems (many at no additional monthly cost) can be installed during server deployment, via customer portal on demand, and kept up to date via vendor-supplied private update servers located inside our private network.

  • CentOS
  • Debian
  • FreeBSD
  • Red Hat
  • Ubuntu
  • Vyatta Network
  • Cloud Linux
  • Microsoft


Add a layer of virtualization to your server with software from the industry leaders.

  • VMWare ESX and ESXi
  • Citrix Xenserver
  • Citrix CloudPlatform
  • Parallels Virtuozzo
  • Microsoft Hyper-V


Add security services to your server from the industry's most trusted names.

  • McAfee Total Protection
  • McAfee Anti-Virus
  • Microsoft Windows Firewall
  • McAfee Host Intrusion Protection
  • Nimsoft Monitoring
  • APF Software Firewall


SQL or NoSQL database software can be installed during server deployment or at any time during the life of your server, ready for your configuration. Or, learn about our big data multi-server deployment solutions that simplify and streamline server and database configuration.

  • Microsoft SQL Server (2000, 2005, 2008, 2012)
  • MySQL
  • Cloudera Hadoop
  • MongoDB
  • Basho Riak

Control Panel

Install a control panel providing a GUI interface to streamline server administration.

  • cPanel/WHM with Fantastico, RVSkin and Softaculous.
  • Parallels Plesk Panel