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SoftLayer® Offers VMware® ESX

February 02
09:43 2010

SoftlayerWeb Hosting WireDALLAS — SoftLayer® today announced it has begun offering VMware® ESX for server virtualization to its comprehensive portfolio of software services. The new service can be added to any dedicated server and is available through SoftLayer’s fully-automated Customer Portal.

VMware ESX is a bare-metal hypervisor that abstracts processor, memory, storage, and networking resources to create multiple virtual machines (VM) from a single physical machine. Each VM can run separate operating systems and applications. This provides companies of all sizes with a powerful foundation for building a high-performance, cost-efficient, and reliable IT infrastructure by:
– Pooling resources, decreasing power, cooling, and floor space requirements
– Increasing server utilization rates
– Running multiple operating systems on a single physical server
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VMWare ESX also can be utilized within the VMware vSphere™ platform for building complete, enterprise-class cloud infrastructures.

“At SoftLayer we offer our customers the latest in software and services,” said Nathan Day, SoftLayer Chief Technology Officer. “VMware ESX offers industry-leading virtualization with a focus on enterprise customers. Anyone with an IT infrastructure that includes servers and that has to support multiple OS’s will benefit from its increased server utilization capabilities and the related cost advantages.”

With hypervisor-based virtualization, a level of software (which is the hypervisor) sits on top of the physical server. The hypervisor allocates portions of the physical server’s hardware resources to create multiple virtual servers that are fully independent and secure. Unlike with hosted virtualization, hypervisor-managed virtual servers can all run different operating systems.

About SoftLayer Technologies
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SoftLayer provides best in class, on-demand IT services on a global basis from facilities in Dallas, Seattle, and Washington, DC. SoftLayer integrates and automates all IT elements to innovate industry-leading services—including cloud, dedicated, and virtual computing environments—all managed through a single interface. Enterprises of all sizes benefit from gaining complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management for their IT solution. For more information, please visit or call 866.398.7638.

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