Deploy and scale your own private cloud at the push of a button. Introducing full cloud solutions with automated provisioning and configuration.
We’ve automated everything, so your Private Cloud can be ready in just a couple hours. Instead of starting at square one, you start with a whole cloud ready for whatever you want to do with it, with total access and control over every aspect.
Our system automatically:
- provisions your Management Server and installs its management system.
- provisions your Host Servers and installs each host’s hypervisor.
- registers your Host Servers with the Management Server.
- completes additional network and resource management tasks.
SoftLayer Private Clouds are now available with Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack, as the cloud management solution. CloudPlatform’s flexibility and ease of use provide the control, efficiency, and scalability that innovative private cloud solutions require.
And, as with all SoftLayer services, your Private Cloud can function as a stand-alone environment, or be fully integrated with your other SoftLayer solutions and services, including dedicated and cloud servers, database clusters, content delivery network, and more.
If you’ve been waiting for a cloud of your own, your wait is over. We’ve put together the solution that puts your private cloud in the sky today.
Sample Use Cases
Seasonal E-Commerce Site
Meet seasonal demand with ease. SoftLayer Private Clouds lets you add new host servers to your environment in only a few hours, and spin up VMs in real time. Be prepared for and quickly respond to traffic spikes during peak season, and easily scale back during slower periods.
Rich Media Rendering Companies
Private Clouds provides an easier, more efficient solution to cumbersome and compute-intensive infrastructure by providing the scalability and elasticity you need to complete rendering processes while balancing workload across entire infrastructure.
Scalable Web Apps
We designed Private Clouds to simplify web app development and deployment by giving you the ability to quickly spin up a turnkey cloud, burst instantly to meet demand, scale incrementally, and more. All built on the industry’s most advanced, durable, and robust cloud platform.
With automated provisioning and on demand scalability, SoftLayer Private Clouds saves you the time and cost of deploying and configuring your own private cloud solution, and streamlines management through your private cloud’s life cycle.
Every SoftLayer Private Cloud consists of a standard management server—chosen and configured to meet the exact needs of the cloud management system—SoftLayer Object Storage, and your choice of a range of host servers. Select as many host servers as you require, and customize their resources, including RAM and storage, to your desired specifications.
SoftLayer Private Clouds are provisioned in two to four hours and offered with month-to-month contracts.
Citrix CloudPlatform Private Cloud
Server prices include cloud management or virtualization software license and private cloud services costs. See additional Cloud Management Server details and a full range of Host Server options in the order form.
|Citrix CloudPlatform Private Cloud Management Server||4x2.40GHz||6GB DDR3 1333 ECC||$639.00/mo.|
|Citrix XenServer Private Cloud Host Server||Various||Various||Starting at $579.00/mo.|
|SoftLayer Object Storage*||N/A||N/A||$0.10/GB|
* Additional costs for public outbound bandwidth and CDN. See SoftLayer Object Storage for more details.
We've designed SoftLayer Private Clouds so that you can deploy an entire private cloud at the push of a button—when and where you want it, ready for whatever you want to do with it.
We've automated the provisioning and configuration of all the infrastructure for a full private cloud solution—including servers, networking, and virtualization software. It's all built on our global cloud infrastructure built for Internet scale, which seamlessly spans our worldwide data center and network footprint.
SoftLayer Private Clouds consist of:
- Citrix CloudPlatform automatically installed and configured during deployment
- Runs cloud management system and manages Host Servers, virtualized servers, and Object Storage integration
Private Cloud Zones
- Consists of one to 10 Host Servers
- Zones centrally managed by Management Server
- May be in different geographic location(s) than management server and other zones
- Citrix XenServer automatically installed and configured during deployment
- Automatically registered with Management Server
- Additional Host Servers may be added to any zone on demand
SoftLayer Object Storage
- Automatically provisioned and registered during private cloud deployment
- Provides backend storage for virtual images, and shared data repository
What is a private cloud?
A private cloud is a computing environment consisting of one or more physical servers using virtualization technology to enable the creation of virtualized servers, with access and management of the entire environment—including its physical and virtual resources, and management of the virtualization—in the hands of a single individual or organization.
What makes SoftLayer Private Clouds different from similar solutions?
SoftLayer Private Clouds automates the deployment and scalability of complete private cloud environments, and leverage our global data center footprint and advanced private network to allow globally distributed resources to be managed as a single, seamless private cloud. SoftLayer Private Clouds’ streamlined ordering process enables you to simply choose the number of host servers you need and then customize the configuration and resources for those servers as desired. In as few as two hours, SoftLayer’s automated provisioning system will have automatically:
- Provisioned the Hosts Servers and installed each host’s hypervisor (XenServer)
- Provisioned the Management Server and installed its management system (Citrix CloudPlatform)
- Registered the Host Servers with the management server
- Completed network configuration and resource management tasks
How do SoftLayer Private Clouds with Citrix CloudPlatform integrate with RightScale?
RightScale myCloud directly supports the management of CloudStack deployments. SoftLayer's existing integration with RightScale makes deploying and managing SoftLayer Private Clouds via RightScale myCloud and the RightScale Management Platform available right out of the box. This gives you the opportunity to use RightScale ServerTemplates, RightScripts, and a variety of additional services.
Why do SoftLayer Private Clouds management servers use Citrix CloudPlatform?
We’ve always been a big supporter of open-source initiatives, which is why our first private cloud solution is built on Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack. Citrix CloudPlatform makes it easier for service providers to build, manage, and deploy infrastructure cloud services by providing the flexibility, control, efficiency, and scalability that dynamic private clouds require. Those features also allowed efficient integration of CloudPlatform into the SoftLayer Customer Portal, mobile apps, and API.
What storage is available with SoftLayer Private Clouds?
We understand that every application has particular storage requirements. Like all SoftLayer services, SoftLayer Private Clouds can be integrated with any other SoftLayer service, including our full range of storage solutions. We also automatically configure SoftLayer Private Clouds with our advanced, searchable Object Storage solution during initial deployment. This serves as your cloud’s central repository of server templates, and is ideal for sharing virtual machine images, files, and other data resources.
Who should use Softlayer Private Clouds?
SoftLayer Private Clouds is an ideal solution for a variety of applications and industries including resellers, e-commerce sites, game developers, IT departments, media companies, and more. Chat now for more information on how it fits the needs of these industries and more.
How do I get started?
You can order your SoftLayer Private Cloud today by visiting our Order page. Existing customers have the option of ordering through the SoftLayer Customer Portal—to do this, simply log in and click on "Sales" and then "Add Private Cloud."
How much is it and how is it billed?
SoftLayer Private Clouds are billed month-to-month. See our pricing page for more information.