Virtual Servers
Real Performers

The cloud is not a commodity, and virtual servers aren’t the same wherever you go. You expect any virtual cloud server to have speed of deployment, flexible scalability, and pay-as-you-go billing. SoftLayer virtual servers exceed those expectations. Our virtual servers deliver a higher degree of customization, transparency, predictability, and automation, and they integrate seamlessly with SoftLayer bare metal servers.

Build the Virtual Server You Need

Use the sliders to start building a virtual server that fits your needs. Choose hourly or monthly billing. Then configure the details to exactly what you need. Add extra storage, choose an operating system, add control panels, firewalls, monitoring, and more.

Control the company you keep.
Public and Private Node Virtual Servers

SoftLayer virtual servers are available on public or private nodes of our public cloud. Deploy a public node virtual server for workloads suited to a multi-tenant environment. Or choose a private node and your virtual server will be deployed on a host server dedicated to you, giving you the ability to consume all of the node’s hardware resources if and when your needs grow.

One storage plan doesn't fit all.
Local and SAN storage, and Portable Storage Volumes

SoftLayer virtual servers can be deployed with primary storage based on local disk or Storage Area Network (SAN), and with portable storage volumes as secondary storage. Whether your application needs higher disk I/O, resiliency, or long-term flexibility, you can match your virtual server’s storage to its application.

SSD Local Storage Availability
Benefit from high-performance SSD local storage

To deliver peak storage performance, SoftLayer began installing solid state drives in virtual server host nodes in 2014. All virtual servers ordered with local disk storage in the data centers launched after that transition are provisioned with SSD resources at no additional charge. Those facilities include: AMS03, CHE01, DAL08, DAL09, FRA02, LON02, MEL01, MEX01, MIL01, MON01, PAR01, SAO01, SJC03, SYD01, TOK02, TOR01, WDC03, and WDC04. Virtual servers ordered in all other SoftLayer facilities may be provisioned on SSDs or spinning disks.

Included Features and Services

All virtual servers come with a comprehensive set of features and services— one of the industry’s best. With these features included at no additional cost, you can accelerate deployment and optimize your total cost of operations.


250GB/month Outbound Public Bandwidth (with monthly billing)
Unlimited Inbound Public Bandwidth
Unlimited Private Network (Server-to-Server) Bandwidth
100Mbps Public and Private Network Ports (upgradable to 1Gbps)
Private VLAN via Public & Private Network
Geographically Redundant DNS
Dual-Stack IPv4 and IPv6 Capable

24x7 Onsite Security
Proximity and Biometric Access Control
Digital Security Video Surveillance
Access to SoftLayer SOC II Report

24x7 Online and Phone Support
24x7 Data Center Staffing
Advanced Resolution System
Trouble Ticketing System

Developer Tools
SoftLayer API
SoftLayer Development Network
Digital Transcoding
Email Delivery Service
Message Queue and Notification Service

System Administration
Advanced System Reporting
Automated OS Reloads
Hardware Identification
Remote Reboot & Console Access
Nimsoft Monitoring

Management Tools
Flex Images
Image Import/Export Tool
Auto Scale
Rescue Kernel
PassMark BurnIn Test Certification

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