SoftLayer Offers "Private Clouds" at Cloud Expo

Dallas-based cloud infrastructure company SoftLayer announceds it Private Clouds solution at Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York this week. The idea is to bring the scalability of off-site (public) deployments to on-site (private) initiative for enterprise IT customers who like to control their infrastructure within the comfortibable, traditional local environment.

“For some time our customers have used our portfolio of dedicated servers, network resources, and virtualization options to build their own private clouds. Now, with SoftLayer Private Clouds, instead of starting at square one, you begin with a pre-configured cloud ready for whatever you want to do with it,” said Duke Skarda, Chief Technology Officer for SoftLayer. “We’ve built our Private Clouds solution out of our experience creating and managing our own cloud, and our unique capabilities in automating sophisticated deployments. At the push of a button you have a dedicated cloud at your command, with full access and control over every aspect, and the ability to scale infinitely, on demand.”

SoftLayer Private Clouds will allow customers to “choose the number of physical servers that they need as client hosts and then customize the configuration and resources for those servers as desired. In as few as two hours,” according to the company. Customers can add physical nodes and virtual servers to their Private Clouds as needed through the company’s Customer Portal and API.

The initial Private Clouds solution is built on Citrix CloudPlatform (with what’s now known as Apache CloudStack). Apache CloudStack zones in each data center are controlled from a single pane of glass and centralized management server, and Private Clouds can be managed with RightScale myCloud. The company says Private Clouds will be available August 1, with pricing starting at $1,218 per-month for a base configuration including one management server, one host server, and associated software licenses.

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