SoftLayer Cloud Platform

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) services to a range of customers from start-ups to global enterprises. SoftLayer's modular architecture provides a flexible, unified platform using bare metal and virtual servers, SAN/NAS storage, management and a worldwide high-speed private network for secure, scalable and low-latency data transfer.


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Reliable private cloud infrastructure for the enterprise

Direct Link, SoftLayer's private interconnection service, enables customers to connect their enterprises' on-premise network or private data centre to the SoftLayer cloud platform. Enterprises can connect via SoftLayer Direct Link in ten Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centres worldwide. SoftLayer has extended Direct Link in Equinix IBX data centres to include virtual connections via Equinix Cloud Exchange™. Using private connectivity with Equinix and SoftLayer Direct Link ensures secure, predictable and scalable network availability to the SoftLayer platform.

Extending the enterprise infrastructure

The IBM SoftLayer platform provides infrastructure-as-a-service solutions options, including bare metal or virtualised servers, SAN/NAS storage, network, software, and management tools to deliver high-performance computing and storage that can be securely and reliably integrated with the enterprise’s data centre. This unique approach helps enterprise CIOs quickly respond to changing business needs without incurring the cost or logistical challenges of constructing a new data centre.

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Key features of the SoftLayer platform

Cloud Servers – powerful bare metal and virtual servers, in a single, seamless platform.

  • Bare metal and virtualised servers – deploy fixed configuration in minutes or spin-up bare metal in 2–4 hours using API or IBM SoftLayer portal. Fully integrated platform for performance optimisation and management.
  • SAN/NAS – network storage, CDN and backup.

Network – Direct Link, domain services, network appliances and load balancing. Equinix customers can choose from a range of connection speeds:

  • IBM SoftLayer Direct Link cross connects that provide 1Gbps or 10Gbps connections.
  • Virtual connections via the Equinix Ethernet Exchange in a scalable range, including 200Mbps, 500Mbps, 1Gbps or 10Gbps virtual connections over 1Gbps/10Gbps ports.

Management – hosting, management, control and reporting tools.

Deployment

Create private connections between IBM SoftLayer and either your existing on-premise infrastructure or dedicated enterprise data centre located in an Equinix colocation environment.

  1. Leverage Equinix’s existing global infrastructure and eliminate the capital expense of building and operating dedicated data centre facilities and support systems.
  2. Reduces network costs by exploiting access to more than 1,100 carriers and network providers.
  3. Create a node within the Equinix data centre for fast, secure and reliable access to IBM SoftLayer, as well as a broad spectrum of other ecosystem partners.

Benefits of the IBM SoftLayer Platform and Equinix Cloud Exchange

Access to IBM SoftLayer via the Equinix Cloud Exchange provides a high-speed, low-latency, secure and consistent connection, enabling better performance of applications that utilise hybrid cloud architectures. Create virtual connections to IBM SoftLayer, network service providers and enterprise IT by building sophisticated yet easy-to-manage hybrid cloud solutions.

Additional capabilities include:

  • Frequent and massive backup and storage for disaster recovery and business continuity – fast, consistent and reliable transfer.
  • Super-secure data – never touching a public network.
  • Run applications – scale the infrastructure and network to handle the most demanding workloads.

By bringing cloud and network services providers together with enterprises and enabling them to establish private, high-performance connections with one another, the Equinix Cloud Exchange delivers direct access to users for the services they need to build sophisticated cloud solutions.

Availability

Access the SoftLayer cloud platform through Equinix Cloud Exchange across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific in: Chicago, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Washington DC, Amsterdam, Paris, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

SG3 - Singapore IBX data centre

Singapore SG3 colocation and data centre is home to the Asia-Pacific Network Operation Centre (NOC) with Internet exchange points access to one of the world's three GRX peering points.

SG2 - Singapore IBX data centre

The Singapore SG2 colocation and data centre at Pioneer Walk is home to the Asia-Pacific Network Operation Centre with internet exchange point access to one of the world's three GRX peering points.

SG1 - Singapore IBX data centre

The Singapore SG1 colocation and data centre at Ayer Rajah is home to the Asia-Pacific Network Operation Centre (NOC) with internet exchange point access to one of the world's three GRX peering points.

DC11 - Washington DC IBX data centre

Washington DC colocation services at DC11 by Equinix represent some of the largest internet exchange points with several locations LEED and SSAE16 SOC-1 Type II certified.

DC10 - Washington DC IBX data centre

Washington DC colocation services at DC10 by Equinix represent some of the largest internet exchange points in the world with several locations LEED and SSAE16 SOC-1 Type II certified.

DC8 - Washington DC IBX data centre

Washington DC colocation services at DC8 by Equinix represent some of the largest internet exchange points in the world with several locations LEED and SSAE16 SOC-1 Type II certified.

DC7 - Washington DC IBX data centre

Washington DC colocation services at DC7 by Equinix represent some of the largest internet exchange points in the world with several locations LEED and SSAE16 SOC-1 Type II certified.

DC6 - Washington DC IBX data centre

Washington DC colocation services at DC6 by Equinix represent some of the largest internet exchange points with several locations LEED and SSAE16 SOC-1 Type II certified.

DC5 - Washington DC IBX data centre

Washington DC colocation services at DC5 by Equinix represent some of the largest internet exchange points in the world with several locations LEED and SSAE16 SOC-1 Type II certified.

DC4 - Washington DC IBX data centre

Washington DC colocation services at DC4 by Equinix represent some of the largest internet exchange points in the world with several locations LEED and SSAE16 SOC-1 Type II certified.

DC3 - Washington DC IBX data centre

Washington DC colocation services at DC3 by Equinix represent some of the largest internet exchange points in the world with several locations LEED and SSAE16 SOC-1 Type II certified.

DC2 - Washington DC IBX data centre

Washington DC colocation services at DC2 by Equinix represent some of the largest internet exchange points in the world with several locations LEED and SSAE16 SOC-1 Type II certified.

DC1 - Washington DC IBX data centre

Washington DC colocation and data centre services at DC1 provide Carpathia-compliant managed hosting, Tier 3 enterprise virtual private cloud and Rackspace Cloud Private Edition.

SV8 - Silicon Valley IBX data centre

Equinix's IBX Silicon Valley data centre SV8 serves the largest concentration of high-tech companies and peering hubs in the world with access to important financial and enterprise ecosystems.

SV6 - Silicon Valley IBX Data Centre

Equinix's IBX Silicon Valley data centre SV6 serves the largest concentration of high-tech companies and peering hubs in the world with access to important financial and enterprise ecosystems.

SV5 - Silicon Valley IBX Data Centre

Equinix's IBX Silicon Valley data centre SV5 serves the largest concentration of high-tech companies and peering hubs in the world with access to important financial and enterprise ecosystems.

SV4 - Silicon Valley IBX Data Centre

Equinix's IBX Silicon Valley data centre SV4 serves the largest concentration of high-tech companies and peering hubs in the world with access to important financial and enterprise ecosystems.

SV3 - Silicon Valley IBX Data Centre

Equinix's IBX Silicon Valley data centre SV3 serves the largest concentration of high-tech companies and peering hubs in the world with access to important financial and enterprise ecosystems.

SV2 - Silicon Valley IBX Data Centre

Equinix's IBX Silicon Valley data centre SV2 serves the largest concentration of high-tech companies and peering hubs in the world with access to important financial and enterprise ecosystems.

SV1 - Silicon Valley IBX Data Centre

Equinix's IBX Silicon Valley data centre SV1 provides RightScale Hybrid Cloud, NetApp Private Storage, and Carpathia compliant managed hosting services.

TY5 - Tokyo IBX data centre

Strategically located in Tokyo, Equinix TY5 offers access to key networks, financial services and other partners.

TY4 - Tokyo IBX Data Centre

Equinix Tokyo data centre TY4 and Internet exchange point offers direct access to key Internet Exchange, stock exchange, and financial services partners.

TY3 - Tokyo IBX Data Centre

Equinix Tokyo data centre TY3 and Internet exchange point offers direct access to key Internet Exchange, stock exchange, and financial services partners.

TY2 - Tokyo IBX Data Centre

Equinix Tokyo data centre TY2 and Internet exchange point offers direct access to key Internet Exchange, stock exchange, and financial services partners.

TY1 - Tokyo IBX Data Centre

Equinix Tokyo data centre TY1 and Internet exchange point offers direct access to key Internet Exchange, stock exchange, and financial services partners.

PA7 - Paris IBX Data Centre

PA7 gives you the ability to interconnect directly to 500 companies colocated with Equinix in Paris.

PA6 - Paris IBX Data Centre

PA6 gives you the ability to interconnect directly to 500 companies colocated with Equinix in Paris.

PA5 - Paris IBX Data Centre

PA5 gives you the ability to interconnect directly to 500 companies colocated with Equinix in Paris.

PA4 - Paris IBX Data Centre

Paris PA4 IBX data centre and interconnection services located at Pantin allow access to new revenue channels across the globe with leading enterprise business hubs in Europe.

PA3 - Paris IBX Data Centre

Paris data centre and interconnection services at PA2 and PA3 in Saint Denis allow access to new revenue channels across the globe with leading enterprise business hubs in Europe.

PA2 - Paris IBX Data Centre

Paris data centre and interconnection services at PA2 and PA3 in Saint Denis allow access to new revenue channels across the globe with leading enterprise business hubs in Europe.

PA1 - Paris IBX Data Centre

Paris data centre and interconnection services at PA1 in Roissy allow access to new revenue channels across the globe with leading enterprise business hubs in Europe.

DA7 - Dallas IBX data centre

DA7, our newest location in the Dallas metropolitan area, is the latest strategic facility where enterprises are deploying key components of their interconnection infrastructure.

DA6 - Dallas IBX Data Centre

Dallas DA6 data centre and International Business Exchange (IBX) supports growing enterprise ecosystems with accelerated deployment of virtual and cloud solutions.

DA4 - Dallas IBX Data Centre

Dallas DA4 data centre and International Business Exchange (IBX) location on Bryan St., supports enterprise ecosystems with accelerated deployment of virtual and cloud solutions.

DA3 - Dallas IBX Data Cent

Dallas data centre DA3, one of Equinix's original International Business Exchange locations, serves a number of telecommunications companies with premium colocation services.

DA2 - Dallas IBX Data Cent

Dallas data centre DA2, one of Equinix's original International Business Exchange locations, serves a number of telecommunications companies with premium colocation services.

DA1 - Dallas IBX Data Centre

Dallas data centre DA1, one of Equinix's original International Business Exchange locations, serves a number of telecommunications companies with premium colocation services.

CH4 - Chicago IBX Data Centre

Equinix Chicago data centre CH4, located in one of the world's top 10 global financial centres, supplies interconnection services to enhance performance and control latency targets.

CH3 - Chicago IBX Data Centre

Equinix Chicago data centre at CH3, located in one of the world's top 10 global financial centres, supply interconnection services to enhance performance and control latency targets.

CH2 - Chicago IBX Data Centre

Equinix Chicago data centre CH2, located in one of the world's top 10 global financial centres, supplies interconnection services to enhance performance and control latency targets.

CH1 - Chicago IBX Data Centre

Equinix Chicago data centre CH1, located in one of the world's top 10 global financial centres, supplies interconnection services to enhance performance and control latency targets.

AM8 - Amsterdam IBX Data Centre

AM8 is located in a prime city centre location offering connectivity to a thriving and leading carrier neutral digital ecosystem.

AM7 - Amsterdam IBX Data Centre

AM7 is located in a prime city centre location offering connectivity to a thriving and leading carrier neutral digital ecosystem.

AM6 - Amsterdam IBX Data Centre

AM6 is located in a prime city centre location offering connectivity to a thriving and leading carrier neutral digital ecosystem.

AM5 - Amsterdam IBX Data Centre

AM5 is located in a prime city centre location offering connectivity to a thriving and leading carrier neutral digital ecosystem.

AM3 - Amsterdam IBX Data Centre

Amsterdam AM3 data centre and Internet Exchange point is located at Science Park with vital peering opportunities suitable for mission-critical interconnection and colocation services.

AM2 - Amsterdam IBX Data Centre

Amsterdam AM1 and AM2 data centres and Internet Exchange point located at Laarderhoogtweg with vital peering opportunities suitable for mission-critical interconnection and colocation services.

AM1 - Amsterdam IBX Data Centre

Amsterdam AM1 and AM2 data centres and Internet Exchange point located at Laarderhoogtweg with vital peering opportunities suitable for mission-critical interconnection and colocation services.

SY4 - Sydney IBX Data Centre

Sydney SY4 colocation services, near the Central Business District with access to Southern Cross Cable Head, provide extensive network interconnection in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

SY3 - Sydney IBX Data Centre

Sydney SY3 colocation services, near the Central Business District with access to Southern Cross Cable Head, provide extensive network interconnection in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

SY2 - Sydney IBX Data Centre

Sydney SY2 colocation services, near the Central Business District with access to Southern Cross Cable Head, provide extensive network interconnection in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

SY1 - Sydney IBX Data Centre

Sydney colocation services at SY1, near the Central Business District with access to Southern Cross Cable Head, provide extensive network interconnection in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

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Learn more about SoftLayer and Equinix

To learn how Equinix and SoftLayer can provide private networks between any SoftLayer data centre worldwide between the enterprise's own on-premise data centre or one located in an Equinix IBX data centre, please fill out the contact form, contact your account manager or email us at SoftLayerSolutions@Equinix.com.

 

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