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SoftLayer Adds Local Disk Option for CloudLayer Computing

July 26, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Adds Local Disk Option for CloudLayer Computing 

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DALLASSoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed hosting, today announced the expansion of its storage options for CloudLayer® Computing Instances (CCI) to include Local Disk Storage. Available as an alternative to SoftLayer’s Storage Area Network (SAN)-based CCIs, the new option brings customers the ability to choose the storage that best meets their individual application and performance needs.

“Every customer is different, and needs different things from cloud,” said Duke Skarda, Chief Technology Officer for SoftLayer. “That’s why we created Build Your Own Cloud, letting customers tailor the CPU power, RAM, and storage capacity of their CCIs to their application requirements. Local Disk Storage takes that even farther, bringing customers even greater control over how their cloud solutions perform.

“Local Disk Storage for CloudLayer Computing is implemented as RAID Level 10, for enterprise-grade reliability and security. 25GB or 100GB Local Disks are available for primary storage, and 100GB or 200 GB Local Disks are available for additional storage. SAN-based storage continues to be available; currently the two storage options cannot be used together.

“There are inherent differences between SAN and Local Storage that give each their own advantages,” said Mr. Skarda. “Since SAN-based CCIs store their data in a shared location, they will always provide faster recovery options and greater flexibility in scaling total storage capacity. But, naturally, Local Disk-based CCIs can provide faster input/output speeds, making them an even better option for storage-intensive applications and lowering total cost of operations. Now, it’s entirely up to you which benefits you’d rather leverage.”

For more information about CloudLayer Computing, visit softlayer.com/cloudlayer. Read more

IGN Leverages Opscode to Consolidate and Automate Datacenters

July 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on IGN Leverages Opscode to Consolidate and Automate Datacenters 

Hosting ServicesSEATTLE – Opscode, Inc., the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced that IGN, an Internet media and services provider focused on gaming and entertainment, is successfully using Hosted Chef from Opscode to integrate datacenters and automate and virtualize the company’s infrastructure. The solution saves IGN precious man-hours and increases customer access.

IGN Entertainment, a business unit of News Corporation, is experiencing tremendous growth. With its main headquarters in San Francisco and offices throughout North America, Europe and Australia, IGN’s properties reach more than 70 million unique users worldwide. Because of the company’s significant growth, IGN was planning data consolidation and migration to a single, large scale datacenter in Las Vegas. IGN was faced with challenges including the immediate need for better configuration management, and requirement to rapidly virtualize that hardware into a virtual configuration.
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SoftLayer Launches San Jose Data Center

April 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Launches San Jose Data Center 

Webmaster ToolboxDALLAS SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovative provider of Cloud, Dedicated, and seamlessly integrated environments, today announced the launch of its first California data center facility, located in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Designated SJC01, the new facility has capacity for more than 12,000 servers in three data center pods. With an advanced dual-path network structure, including redundant network interface cards (NICs) in every server, customers can select up to 2G of connectivity for any SJC01 server and configure their networking resources to achieve all new levels of efficiency.

“SJC01 increases our rapidly growing footprint. We now have a total capacity for more than 155,000 servers in 11 data centers, and seven additional network Points of Presence (POPs),” said Sam Fleitman, SoftLayer Chief Operating Officer. “Our customers in the region, as well as customers around the world that have end users in the area, are excited to leverage the better end-user experience that closer proximity can bring. And we’re excited to be a new local option for some of technology’s greatest companies.”

“SoftLayer is the Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider of choice for customers that want innovation, the best network, and the ultimate control,” said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer Chief Executive Officer. “Those advantages make a huge difference to software and technology developers, social media operations, and more. And nowhere do you find more of those enterprises than Silicon Valley. It’s a perfect fit for hosting’s innovation leader to come to technology’s innovation capital.

Key features of SJC01 include:

– Redundant network infrastructure
– Fully-automated platform
– SAS70 Type II compliance
– Multiple tier 1 carriers
– Unique pod design concept

Like all SoftLayer data centers, the San Jose facility is functionally independent with distinct and redundant resources, and fully integrated through SoftLayer’s revolutionary network architecture, allowing seamless inter-data center capabilities. SJC01 has 24×7 onsite support and multiple security protocols controlling entrance to the facility. It is fully connected to SoftLayer’s data centers located in Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and the Washington D.C. area, and to the company’s network Points of Presence in seven additional U.S. cities.

SJC01 servers can be ordered starting today at www.softlayer.com or through the company’s leading Customer Portal. Read more

SoftLayer Certifies Safe Harbor Compliance

March 6, 2009 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Certifies Safe Harbor Compliance 

Webmaster NewsALLAS — SoftLayer Technologies has self-certified compliance with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S.-European Union (EU) Safe Harbor framework.

The European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection, established in 1998, prohibits the transfer of personal data to nations that do not meet the EU’s “adequacy” standard for privacy protection. In consultation with the Commission, the U.S. Commerce department created the Safe Harbor framework to help U.S.-based companies verify and represent that they meet the EU standard. Self-certification and participation in the Safe Harbor framework is entirely voluntary. Read more

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