New name and look. Same power and control.

Powerful bare metal servers. Next-gen virtual servers. High-intensive workloads. As SoftLayer, we built our cloud to perform. Now that we're IBM Cloud, we're taking the cloud we built from the ground up and making it the best-in-class cloud solution for your business today.

Outperform them all with IBM Cloud

Quench your thirst for power

Every cloud server comes with a guaranteed 2.0Ghz (or faster) core — allocated with 1:1 virtual-to-physical resources and no over-subscriptions. Ever. Because the way we see it, you’re paying for your own virtual server — not part of your neighbor’s when they aren’t using it.

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Control freaks welcome

Every facet of our cloud infrastructure isn’t just automated; it’s integrated and managed by a single system for an untouchable level of automation. Control everything via web portal, API and mobile apps. Feel free to deploy on-demand in your data center of choice, anywhere in the world. Get unlimited bandwidth on the private network. Come and take it.

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Substitutions allowed

You want the flexibility to create a customized virtual server at the most granular level? You got it. You’ll never have to pay for pre-configured cloud servers with resources you don’t want. Complete resource customization options are now yours.

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Connect up with the world

Your data travels faster than fast on our 2,600-plus Gbps network backbone with speedy data transfers around the world. With our high-performance infrastructure and high-speed network, you get the lowest levels of latency and the best overall network performance — meaning you get access to your data when you want it, where you want it.

How does IBM Cloud stack up against the competition?

While SoftLayer and IBM Cloud are one and the same, all cloud providers aren’t. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) isn’t the same from cloud to cloud. See below how we’re different.

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IBM Cloud vs the competition


IBM Cloud:

  • Integrated global private network for easy deployment and uninterrupted communication between servers


  • Limited internal networking or restricted to select regions

Data transfer

IBM Cloud:

  • Unlimited private network bandwidth on all bare metal and virtual servers


  • Transfer fees apply for data moved between servers


IBM Cloud:

  • Unlimited private network bandwidth on all bare metal and virtual servers
  • 250 GB per month outbound public bandwidth on all monthly virtual servers
  • 500 GB per month outbound public bandwidth on all monthly bare metal servers


  • Per GB charges for all bandwidth used in the month

Management and support

IBM Cloud:

  • Management options included. Monitoring options included.
  • Direct access to all technical support resources at no additional charge


  • Limited availability of free management and monitoring options
  • Tiered (and charged for) access to technical support

We are everywhere you do business

Run smoother in the cloud and safer on the ground with almost 40 data centers worldwide.

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