This new blog series demonstrates how to perform the tasks associated with creating virtual servers in SoftLayer
Shelbee Eigenbrode (Twitter @shelbee_se) is an IBM Cloud Services IT Architect who focuses a lot of her time on defining cloud services in order to effectively deliver them to users. In a new four-part series on the Thoughts on Cloud blog, she explains in a step-by-step fashion how to order and configure a new virtual server instance on SoftLayer:
The best thing about this series -- Eigenbrode has her nine-year-old daughter follow the instructions and do the work. Read more about SoftLayer from Eigenbrode on Thoughts on Cloud.
Server architecture at SoftLayer
A note on server configuration when it comes to SoftLayer data centers. Each data center features one or more pods, each built to the same specifications with methodologies designed to support up to 5,000 servers; the pods are intended to optimize key performance variables including space, power, network, personnel, and internal infrastructure. Each rack has 40Gbps of connectivity built in (20Gbps each to the private and public networks) for bandwidth and performance needs; each data center has continuous on-site security and is SOC 2 compliant.
SOC is a series of accounting standards that measure the control of financial information for a service organization; SOC 2 controls encompass these principles:
You can explore the capacity and configuration of pods at the various SoftLayer data centers here (it includes bandwidth and ping tests).