7 steps to complete your cloud bursting with IBM SoftLayer

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I hope you’ve been able to enjoy hiking in the fresh fall air and colorful trees to pass the time while waiting for this new installment of my series of posts. Just a quick question to check if you are still with me: What did we learn from my last post?

Yes, good answer from the man wearing glasses at the back of the room! Last time, we learned how to order a bare metal server in IBM SoftLayer to get VMWare ESX. Today, we will see how to order a virtual server in SoftLayer to get OpenVPN. It will allow us to create a secure site-to-site connection between SoftLayer and your cloud environment.

I see that everyone is excited, so I won’t delay any longer. Let’s start!

Thanks to the previous post, you are all now experts at ordering devices on SoftLayer, so I will go through the instructions faster this time.

The only differences here are:

• The server type
• The operating system choice
• The virtual local area network (VLAN) selection

Here are the steps you need to take:

1. Log on to SoftLayer.

2. Go to the Sales tab and click on Add Virtual Server (Monthly).

3. Select the same data center you chose for your VMWare ESX in the first part of this series.

4. In the System Configuration section, select the last version of Vyatta as your operating system.

5. Click on Continue Your Order.

6. Select the same VLAN as your ESX server. This step is important because a new random VLAN will be allocated to your server if you accept the default choice, so your ESX won’t be able to communicate with your OpenVPN.

For your information, the VLAN syntax in SoftLayer is:

<datacenter>.<router>.<vlan number>.

7. Check the Terms and Conditions box, then click the Finalize Your Order button.
In a few minutes, your OpenVPN server should be available in your device list.

You are now able to order bare metal servers and virtual servers in IBM SoftLayer, and this is a good endpoint for this tutorial. Next time, we’re going to learn how to connect your ESX hosted in SoftLayer to your vCenter server thanks to your OpenVPN.

As usual, if you have any questions, or just want to talk more about cloud computing, feel free to contact me on Twitter or LinkedIn!

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