There’s Nothing “Soft” About This Cloud Heavyweight

It’s time to consider SoftLayer. Your organization has heavy, complex workloads that may spike in certain seasons, and your business success demands high security and availability. Sound familiar? You may view that description as an anti-cloud statement, but in fact, you should view it as the number one reason to utilize cloud technology.

softlayer-infographic-tnInfographic: SoftLayer Cloud Top 10 Highligts

SoftLayer, has upped their game in terms of offering cloud options that help companies stay competitive and reduce expenses. SoftLayer has taken a unique and innovative approach to architecting and automating its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution that has resulted in a number of benefits for its users with heavy, complex workloads.

SoftLayer and VMware

A preferred cloud platform for VMware, IBM Cloud, paired with the best-in-class SoftLayer infrastructure, provides a global cloud platform to build, manage, and get total control over your own cloud.

VMware’s industry-leading virtualization and hybrid cloud management solutions allows you to streamline your cloud while SoftLayer provides a scalable, secure, high-performance platform.

Features of IaaS from SoftLayer:

  • Highly flexible architecture
  • One integrated platform for public cloud servers, private clouds, bare metal servers
  • Unified systems management and API
  • Technology-neutral platform
  • Support for broad range of operating systems and virtualization platforms
  • Build hybrid, distributed, high-performance architectures and manage from a single pane of glass
  • Pay by the hour or the month for a truly variable IT operations model

Scalability and Power

For organizations with heavy, complex workloads that need to scale occasionally, SoftLayer’s hybrid cloud is particularly valuable. With the hybrid cloud, an organization utilizes its private cloud until workloads spike, triggering a “cloud burst.” Cloud bursting is an application deployment model in which an application runs in a private cloud or data center and bursts into a public cloud when the demand for computing capacity spikes. The advantage of this hybrid cloud deployment is that an organization only pays for extra compute resources when they are needed.

Your cloud infrastructure needs to keep up with your application’s performance demands. The SoftLayer infrastructure is built for massive functionality, using SAN and enterprise-class disks that support huge amounts of data. SoftLayer uses true enterprise-class hardware backed by a proven brand (Supermicro). As a result, SoftLayer offers more power, more storage and more functionality. A 2015 report by Principled Technologies reports that SoftLayer’s bare metal servers outperform the competition up to 8.7x. Isn’t that the power you need?

Flagship Solutions Group’s technical expertise and experience in cloud computing, combined with the top performing SoftLayer cloud solution, gives you the power you need to run your business to the max. In addition, Flagship’s Infralytics solution adds even more power via the knowledge that is obtained through Infralytics (Infrastructure + analytics). Infralytics provides a customized dashboard that delivers visibility into the health of your virtual and physical infrastructures. It gives you the “big picture” understanding that will help you avoid issues that you may not have been aware of otherwise.

Learn more about Infralytics.

Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how Flagship and SoftLayer can do the heavy lifting for your business.

If you liked this blog, you also might like: How Cloud Can Make CIOs Into MVPs

logo-ibmStay connected online:

Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram

IBM Cloud Services

Hybrid. Open. Secure. Cloud computing is at the center of dramatic innovation with mobile, data analysis and security as the enabler. Discover the continuum of choices for infrastructure, platform, and services to accelerate digital business.

  • How to Jump Start Your Hybrid Cloud

  • When your IT infrastructure is overloaded, you look at hybrid cloud as a solution. Watch this video to jump start your hybrid cloud or learn more here: …

  • Infographic: Uncovering the Truth About Cloud Computing

  • Cloud adoption has seen unprecedented growth. But not everyone has bought in just yet. For non-cloud adopters, concerns about security risk still cast a shadow of doubt over the rewards that cloud computing offers.

  • eBook – Forbes Insight – How the cloud is changing business resilience

  • Resiliency can be a competitive advantage, not merely a technical solution with a cost. The cloud enables a broader set of companies to consider a broader set of applications to grow their businesses in the expanding data universe.

  • Infographic: 5 Common Cloud Deployment Mistakes

  • Cloud migrationis fast becoming a top priority for small businesses and enterprisesalike, as a strategy to improve efficiency, increase agility and unlock new opportunities. Many think that once they get past the internal debates, politics, and budget calculating, the hard part is behind them. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true. Most companies make some basic mistakes and assumptions that cause their migration to the cloud to be significantly more difficult. On average, most migrations to the cloud don’t go well.

  • White Paper: When it Comes to Cloud, Knowledge is Everything

  • A comprehensive understanding of your physical and virtual infrastructures is a critical requirement before embarking on a cloud model. Know what you have and where it is.Your cloud service model should result in IT cost savings; and it should reduce the burden and personnel resources required from your IT organization. A utility pricing model allows you to pay for what you use and eliminates the capital expense of deploying in-house hardware and software.The major concern to be addressed is the security risk associated with cloud models.This paper will provide an overview of cloud computing, the primary service models, available deployment models, and critical success factors for cloud computing.