Accelerate your business.
Improve your bottom line.

Are you getting pressure to streamline workloads to maximize profit? Over- and under-provisioned resources can slow down your business and cause unnecessary expenses. Complex cloud environments can have multiple, wide-ranging needs, making it difficult to build the infrastructure required to make your business run smoothly. From compute-intensive workloads and applications to big data and analytics, IBM Bluemix infrastructure offers powerful and robust hardware to meet any requirement and budget.

Provision servers on demand

Provision servers on demand

Deploy a bare metal or virtual server in minutes. Customize a bare metal server in 2–4 hours.

Flexible

Choose your server type

Use server images on both bare metal and virtual servers by quickly cloning and reloading servers with our automated Flex Images technology.

Integrated

Integrate with your systems

All of our services are integrated to optimize performance and management.

Extend your on-premises data centers

Extend your on-premises data centers

Create, deploy, and manage servers on their own or in a hybrid cloud.

Up to 8.7x better performance

Wide-ranging workload performance

Experience unmatched performance with our powerful bare metal servers. Develop, test, and run Linux applications with POWER8. Solve complex problems faster and consume less power than traditional CPUs with our monthly or hourly GPU bare metal servers. When you need to scale quickly, add flexibility to that power with virtual servers.

Compare SoftLayer Bare Metal and Virtual Servers

Bare Metal Servers Virtual Servers
Tenancy Single Single & Multi
Billing Hourly & Monthly Hourly & Monthly
Configuration options All hardware resources Core count, RAM, and storage
Computing power From single processor 4-core architectures
to quad-processor 12-core architectures
Up to 56 cores per virtual server
(with minimum 2.0+ GHz/core)
Local storage range Up to 36 Drives per server
SSD: 800GB to 1.2TB
25GB to 400GB
Provisioned on SSD in select data centers.*
RAM Up to 3TB Up to 242GB
Public Network
Outbound Bandwidth
500GB FREE with monthly billing
Competitive pricing in all locations
250GB FREE with monthly billing
Competitive pricing in all locations
Public Network
Inbound Bandwidth
FREE FREE
Private Network
All Bandwidth
FREE FREE
Management Network
All Bandwidth
FREE FREE
Chat and phone support 24x7 24x7
Available operating systems
  • CentOS
  • CloudLinux
  • Debian GNU/Linux
  • FreeBSD
  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Citrix Xenserver
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • VMware ESXi
  • Vyatta
  • Parallels
  • CentOS
  • CoreOS
  • CloudLinux
  • Debian GNU/Linux
  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Vyatta
Ideal workloads Data-intensive workloads that prioritize performance and reliability Highly variable workloads that prioritize flexibility and scalability
*For a full list of data centers with virtual server local storage on SSD hardware, visit our Virtual Servers page.