Additional IBM SoftLayer services include security offerings, such as firewalls and SSL certificate management, as well as application development services, like a messaging queue and digital transcoding.
IBM SoftLayer offers a high level of integration and automation. Admins can manage and integrate all elements of the service through a proprietary application programming interface (API), web portal and mobile applications. Additional tools allow administrators to move and scale bare-metal and virtualized server images, as needs change.
IBM SoftLayer is broadly regarded as a competitor to other public cloud platforms, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. IBM SoftLayer differentiates itself by stressing admins’ ability to provision granular resources at the data center level, such as bare-metal servers. IBM SoftLayer maintains a fleet of data center and network operations locations across North America, Europe and Asia, which are connected through private network links.
In July 2013, IBM acquired Softlayer, which was originally founded in 2005. SoftLayer now forms the foundation for IBM’s Cloud Services Division.