SoftLayer Adds Bare Metal Cloud to Cloud Services

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SoftLayer Technologies (www.softlayer.com) announced on Monday it has added Bare Metal Cloud computing instances to its line of CloudLayer services.

The announcement follows SoftLayer’s closing of $20 million in financing from an unidentified private investment group.

Bare Metal Cloud computing instances do not require a hypervisor. As a result, this provides a more viable cloud computing option for workloads that demand direct access to physical hardware, such as databases and calculation-intensive applications.

“Bare Metal Cloud gives customers with certain workloads the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility, provisioning, and on-demand billing advantages of cloud computing,” says Nathan Day, chief technology office at SoftLayer. “It’s scalable and pay as you go—all the power and advantages of virtualized hardware without the overhead of a hypervisor.”

Bare Metal Cloud customers can select the number of cores needed to adapt to workloads and capacity required, with their choice of hourly and monthly rates.

The 2 Core service includes 2GB RAM and 250GB of disk space, and is priced at $159.00 per month or $0.50 per hour. The 4 Core service includes 4GB RAM and 250GB of disk space, and is priced at $199.00 per month or $0.75 per hour.

The 8 Core service includes 8GB RAM and 250GB of disk space, and is priced at $299.00 per month or $1.00 per hour. Finally, the 16 Core service 16GB RAM and 250GB of disk space, and is priced at $399.00 per month or $1.25 per hour.

All monthly packages include 2000GB of bandwidth, while weekly packages are charged a bandwidth rate of $0.10 per GB.

SoftLayer’s scalable CloudLayer services can be fully control through SoftLayer’s customer portal and API, with direct access to all SoftLayer services and tools.

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