Why should I consider IBM SoftLayer?
John Pape 0600007J6A firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  cloud ibm iaas softlayer infrastructure_as_a_servi...
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When IBM acquired SoftLayer, it made a huge investment in the success of the IBM Cloud portfolio. SoftLayer enabled IBM to deliver a unique cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) that can empower IBM clients to bridge current infrastructure assets located on premises with virtual or bare metal resources provisioned in the SoftLayer cloud. The result? A robust and agile hybrid cloud environment that can be leveraged to build new systems of engagement to meet business needs that we don’t even know about yet.
Let me start be explaining what I believe cloud to embody. The best definition I’ve heard to date is “on-demand compute with consumptive billing.” Let’s dissect this definition a bit.
When I say on-demand I mean that the cloud has to rapidly provision services. An agile business needs the flexibility to scale out at a moment’s notice just as much as it needs the ability to provision new development environments quickly to keep tight development schedules.
Then we come to compute. Compute simply refers to the servers, network, storage, security and other necessary ancillary services needed to support these resources.
Last up, consumptive billing. Although the term is pretty self-explanatory, I think cloud transforms the typical IT billing model of being fixed into something that can now be measured in minutes, hours or months. When we vacation, we don’t purchase a new car to drive in, do we? Of course not; we rent a car for the time we need it and then return it when we’re done. Can’t we get our IT resources in the same manner?
With a good understanding of what cloud means, let’s have a look at why SoftLayer is an attractive source of cloud resources.
Complete control, access and transparency
There’s no question of what resources you have available to you and what the state of those resources is. SoftLayer provides a transparent view into each of the services you have and gives you the ability to control these resources through an easy-to-use web portal or through REST, SOAP and XML-RPC application programming interfaces (APIs). We’re not talking about a limited set of API access either. The APIs provide features like domain name services, storage and security as well as server deployment and service provisioning.
Seamless, fault-tolerant multisite topography
Because SoftLayer uses a standardized approach and best practices, your SoftLayer assets are practically always available. We’re talking redundant, rock-solid infrastructure services to assure that your critical business applications (like mobile) are available and ready for your clients.
Single and multitenant environments
Sometimes you want a bare metal machine or a single-tenant cloud service for performance and isolation reasons. Other times, you don’t mind sharing a multitenant service with the rest of the world. With SoftLayer, it’s your choice, your decision. Do what’s best for your business at that time and rest assured that, if conditions change, so can your SoftLayer services.
Complete portfolio of services available on demand in all data centers
No matter where you need a point-of-presence, SoftLayer can get you there. Furthermore, the entire breadth of the service portfolio is available, in full, in each data center—worldwide.
Hopefully you now have a better picture of what SoftLayer can do for you and your business. For more information, have a look at the Softlayer website.
Happy cloud-ing! Connect with me on Twitter at @jpapejr to talk more about WebSphere and the cloud.