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Simplify administration with server software.

It doesn’t matter if you have the ideal server configuration for your workload if it doesn’t have the operating systems, control panels, database applications, and utility software you need.

SoftLayer offers a comprehensive range of software options from industry leaders that are installed using each vendor’s best practices, 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

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
  • CoreOS
  • CloudLinux
  • Debian
  • FreeBSD
  • Microsoft
  • Red Hat
  • Ubuntu
  • Vyatta Network
*Bare metal servers are also available without an operating system


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

  • Citrix XenServer
  • Parallels Cloud Server
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • VMware ESX and ESXi
  • VMware vSphere


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

  • APF Software Firewall
  • McAfee Total Protection
  • McAfee Anti-Virus
  • McAfee Host Intrusion Protection
  • Microsoft Windows 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. Learn more about deploying big data on SoftLayer.

  • Microsoft SQL Server (2012, 2014, 2016)
  • MySQL
  • IBM Cloud Analytics
  • 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
  • Plesk