IBM SoftLayer comes ashore in Australia

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The first of two new IBM SoftLayer sites (commonly known as points of deployment) in Australia is now available for use in Melbourne. The formal announcement can be found here. This is exciting news, especially for many businesses that have onshore Australian data residency requirements and now finally have a local site.

The second site is expected to open in Sydney in the first quarter of 2015. Till then, clients can utilize the SoftLayer high speed network to access sites in Hong Kong or Singapore for dual site requirements.

This slideshow from Computerworld shows the SoftLayer Melbourne data center in pictures. You can’t miss the trademark red, blue and green cables in slides six, seven and eight.

For the uninitiated, SoftLayer has a unique and differentiated capability through its triple network architecture, in which each system on SoftLayer is available on public (internet accessible), private (direct link, VPN or bridged connection accessible) and management (SSL or PPTP VPN access only) networks. The public and private networks are both logically and physically separated to provide security to all resources that don’t need to be on a publicly accessible network.

Now about the colors: the red cables connect to the public network, the green to the secured out of band management network and the blue to—you guessed it—the private network.


The network story doesn’t end there. All SoftLayer sites are interconnected through high speed redundant fibre networks. The traffic can flow from one SoftLayer site to another over each client’s own private network. These links are un-metered and available to clients at no charge. So think of SoftLayer as a huge virtual data center with each individual point of deployment being a room or rack within that. How cool is that?

softlayer map

At this point in time, the Melbourne site has dual 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) private and public pipes and the capacity to add thousands of servers.

SoftLayer has the unique ability to provision bare metal physical servers and virtual servers, both of which come with hourly and monthly instance options. And with a bunch of bare metal servers, you can build your own private cloud.


Let me also mention that in addition to the new site in Melbourne, IBM also has a Cloud Managed Services (CMS) site in Sydney. CMS provides Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) based managed instances of AIX, RHEL and Windows for clients to run workloads. There are also unmanaged instances available, as well as cool features like tiered storage, integrated backup and optional database and middleware management.

And to top it all, a current promotion provides clients a discount of US $500 for the first month on all resources provisioned in SoftLayer.

500 off

Since I’m in Melbourne, I am quite excited that we now have a local point of deployment. If you’re also in Australia, I encourage you to provision your resources at the Melbourne site and take advantage of the promotion. Let me know about your experiences with SoftLayer by leaving a comment below.

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