SoftLayer is the largest provider of dedicated hosting in the world. They combine “bare metal” servers and Infrastructure-as-a-Service virtual servers for hire, built on their extensive hardware and network infrastructure and all of this can be managed remotely through a cloud environment. Cloud too crowded for you? Then build, manage, and have total control over your own cloud for reliable, consistent performance along with unmatched scalability.

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SoftLayer's network is larger and faster than yours

Any company offering cloud capabilities needs a fair amount of bandwidth. A couple of servers in a single data center isn’t going to cut it. SoftLayer’s network and capacity are impressive by anyones standards. 13 data centers house around 200,000 servers. Those data centers are located around the world (the US, Singapore, the UK, and the Netherlands) and are each connected to each other over dedicated 20Gbps fiber links over a private network. And those data centers host servers for 21,000 customers.

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Virtual servers for convenience, bare metal for performance

A virtual server is a virtual machine running on a hypervisor (an operating system), hosted on a physical server. That same physical server could host multiple virtual servers. So one server running a Linux operating system could host one virtual server running Windows, and other running Red Hat. SoftLayer offers virtual servers that can be set up in minutes and scaled as needed. But virtual servers also come with a performance penalty. SoftLayer can create bare metal servers for you, where you design the hardware to specific requirements, and still manage the server from the cloud. No virtualization performance penalty, but the same advantages of centralized management in the cloud.

You can customize everything

There are plenty of ways you might want to customize your SoftLayer infrastructure. Pick the right network speed and bandwidth, choose the right operating system, and pick the most appropriate security option with security layer services and manage it with API access to more than 2,000 command and control functions.

Manage your data center from the golf course

The SoftLayer mobile app (available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone) allows you keep an eye on your infrastructure. You can view the performance details of your servers, monitor their  bandwidth usage, raise tickets for a support request, and even turn servers on and off.