Virtualization Options

Virtually any virtualization.

Deploy the virtualization solution of your choice on top of SoftLayer bare metal servers. Bring your own hypervisor, or select one of the industry-leading virtualization solutions available from SoftLayer, installed with your server order, and manageable through our customer web portal and the solutions’ own control tools.


Compare Available Virtualization Solutions


Citrix
XenServer
Microsoft®
Windows®
Server
Hyper-V
VMWare
ESXi
Parallels
Cloud
Server
Parallels
Virtuozzo
Containers


Hypervisor Type
Type 1
Type 1
Type 1
Type 2
Type 2


Virtualization Type
Hardware Assisted
Full
Full
OS
OS


Resource Management
X
X
X
X
X


On Demand Provisioning
X
X
X
X


Live Migration
X
X
X


Citrix XenServer

Citrix XenServer™ is a dynamic server virtualization tool that maximizes efficiency and increases hardware utilization. XenServer allows simple and rapid deployment of virtual server machines to create a truly virtual data center environment. With an easy-to-use management portal, XenServer offers an industry-leading option to provision and maintain both physical and virtual machines in the datacenter.

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Microsoft® Windows® Server Hyper-V™

Windows Server® Hyper-V™, the next-generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, allows you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines (VMs) running on a single physical machine. With Hyper-V, you can also efficiently run multiple different operating systems—Windows, Linux and others—in parallel, on a single server and fully leverage the power of x64 computing. Everything you need to support server virtualization is available as an integral feature of the operating system.

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VMWare

VMWare ESX and ESXi offer enterprise caliber server virtualization. Virtualize even the most resource-intensive applications with the hypervisor architectures that set the industry standard for reliability, performance and cross-platform support.

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Parallels Cloud Server

Parallels Cloud Server is the next generation cloud server software that delivers Parallels' world-class hypervisor technology. Parallels Cloud Server allows you to store and run Parallels virtual machines, eliminate downtime due to HDD and RAID failures, provide high availability servers, and perform instant live migration of servers between physical hosts.

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Parallels Virtuozzo Containers

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers is an industry leading OS virtualization tool. Parallels Containers virtualizes the server at the operating system level—Windows or Linux based—creating multiple, isolated containers that function as independent virtual machines to maximize server utilization sand more efficiently manage workloads.

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