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SoftLayer Announces Turnkey Private Clouds

SoftLayer, a leading provider of global, Internet-scale cloud infrastructure, today unveiled its new SoftLayer Private Clouds solution that provisions and configures full private cloud deployments on demand. These scalable, secure and high-performance deployments leverage the company's automated architecture, worldwide data center locations and private network, and customer-controlled infrastructure management system.

"For some time our customers have used our portfolio of dedicated servers, network resources, and virtualization options to build their own private clouds. Now, with SoftLayer Private Clouds, instead of starting at square one, you begin with a pre-configured cloud ready for whatever you want to do with it," said Duke Skarda, Chief Technology Officer for SoftLayer. "We've built our Private Clouds solution out of our experience creating and managing our own cloud, and our unique capabilities in automating sophisticated deployments. At the push of a button you have a dedicated cloud at your command, with full access and control over every aspect, and the ability to scale infinitely, on demand."

SoftLayer Private Clouds streamlines ordering, enabling customers to simply choose the number of physical servers that they need as client hosts 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 client hosts and installed each host's hypervisor
  • Provisioned the cloud's management server and installed its management system
  • Registered the client hosts with the management server
  • Completed network configuration and resource management tasks

Additional features include:

  • On-Demand Scalability
    Customers can add physical nodes and virtual servers to their Private Clouds at any time, through the SoftLayer Customer Portal and API.

  • Full Management Access and Control
    Customers have full control over their private cloud via SoftLayer's portal, full-featured API and Apache CloudStack management tools.

  • Seamless Global Deployment
    SoftLayer's data center footprint and private network enable global Private Clouds deployments with Apache CloudStack zones in each data center controlled from a single pane of glass and centralized management server.

  • SoftLayer Object Storage Integration
    SoftLayer's advanced Object Storage solution provides a searchable repository Private Clouds deployments, ideal for sharing virtual machine images, shared files, and other resources that demand high-availability/accessibility.

  • Integration with RightScale Cloud Management
    SoftLayer Private Clouds can be managed with RightScale cloud management and private cloud solution, RightScale myCloud. This gives customers robust management capabilities including the use of RightScale ServerTemplates, RightScripts, and a variety of additional services.

SoftLayer's first Private Clouds solution is built on Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack. "We are proud to play a central role in this powerful new cloud-infrastructure-as-a-service," said Peder Ulander, vice president of Citrix. "SoftLayer innovates with solutions that make the cloud more accessible, affordable, and scalable and Apache CloudStack is the perfect match for that goal. The combined solution brings flexibility and ease of use while ensuring the control, efficiency, and scalability that dynamic private clouds require."

"This innovative new offering from SoftLayer is a testament to how they understand customer needs. Customers will benefit from the proven configuration and the speed at which SoftLayer will deliver it," said Bailey Caldwell, RightScale Vice President of Business Development. "We're delighted that RightScale and myCloud are available for cloud management of SoftLayer private clouds -- it's an ideal fit with our existing ability to manage SoftLayer public clouds; now customers can manage both through a single pane of glass."

Availability & Pricing
SoftLayer Private Clouds will be available starting August 1, 2012. Pricing starts at $1,218 per-month for a base configuration including one management server, one host server, and associated software licenses.

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:42 PM by David Marshall
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