The lines between physical and virtual IT resources are being erased with the
introduction of SoftLayer Flex Images. Flex Images allow users to capture,
replicate, and store an image of a cloud or dedicated server, and then deploy
the image on either type of computing environment. Capabilities traditionally in
the domain of virtual infrastructure, including the ability to quickly clone and
reload servers, are extended to dedicated servers, along with cross-platform
compatibility and simple migration between physical and virtual environments.
"Flex Images provide our customers with unprecedented flexibility and
scalability," said Simon West, Chief Marketing Officer for SoftLayer. "The
ability to provision and automate server images seamlessly between cloud and
dedicated computing environments empowers users to easily build out their IT
environments while being able to quickly meet changing requirements. Our
customers can focus on the purpose of their application and then on the right
technology solution--with the freedom to move between or integrate technologies
Flex Images is a key differentiator for SoftLayer--like the company's
network, portal and automated platform--available to all customers. These new
capabilities help showcase SoftLayer's ongoing innovation efforts, which help
blur the distinctions between cloud and dedicated computing environments while
offering customers the highest possible levels of control and scalability.
"Flex Images have been a massive time saver," said Aaron McKee, VP of
engineering for Struq, an early beta customer. "We love being able to
effortlessly scale and manage our infrastructure. This really sets SoftLayer
apart from the competition because traditional cloud systems just don't have
this type of flexibility and performance. The feature has cut down new server
deployment by several hours per server, which has made recent expansion bursts
at Struq much easier. This is definitely a better way to deploy and manage IT
resources in the cloud."
Key features and benefits of Flex Images include:
- Universal images that can be used interchangeably on dedicated or cloud
- Unified image library for archiving, managing, sharing, and publishing
- Greater flexibility and higher scalability
- Rapid and easy migration
- Available via SoftLayer's management portal and API
Flex Images is available immediately to SoftLayer customers as a public beta.
General availability is expected in the second quarter. For more information,
please visit www.softlayer.com/FlexImageBeta.