Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:43
Posted by: bpotter

The ability to order bare metal servers is one of the unique advantages of the SoftLayer cloud. But bare metal servers are inherently more complicated than virtual server infrastructures (VSI) because there are many more choices. A subset of the common bare metal servers can be ordered fairly easily using the SoftLayer_Hardware::createObject method. If that’s sufficient for you, you can stop reading this article right here.

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 14:24
Posted by: cmporter

When we launch a new data center, we try to keep everything as consistent as possible between locations. We use the same hardware, we have a skilled “Go Live” team to bring everything online, and we train our local operations staff the same way. When we open a new data center in Dallas, that’s easy. But when the new facility is on the other side of the planet, things can get a little more complicated.

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:46
Posted by: sjanowiak

SoftLayer iSCSI storage is a great platform for running a clustered OS and file system. Featuring Multipath I/O (MPIO), industry leading durability, and our global footprint, the Endurance and Performance iSCSI block storage products are a great fit for a variety of workloads worldwide.

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:30
Posted by: bpotter

The SoftLayer REST API is powerful and convenient because you can use it from any language or no language (the command line or browser). The basics of using the REST API are explained in an SLDN article on REST, and some examples are given in an SLDN blog post on REST.

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 14:30
Posted by: jbrown

If you have ever used a canary build of the Ember.js framework, you are likely familiar with feature flags. Used to bundle functionality and make it available in an application, it also allows for its use to be turned on or off via an entry in the application’s configuration file. While used by the Ember.js community to allow for an easy way to test new, and sometimes experimental, features in upcoming releases of Ember.js, there are times when such capabilities can be useful in your own applications.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:30
Posted by: bpotter

In my first two blog posts in this series, Part 1 and Part 2, I covered many general aspects of how to use the SoftLayer API effectively. In this post, we'll dive into how to order SoftLayer resources using the SoftLayer API. [For ordering virtual servers, read Simplified CCI Creation for a great explanation of the simplified virtual server ordering process.]

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 13:48
Posted by: bpotter

In my previous blog post, I covered how to navigate the SoftLayer Services website, and how to query the SoftLayer API efficiently. In this post, I'll cover additional aspects of using the SoftLayer API with the python client.

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 15:16
Posted by: bpotter

So you want to code to the SoftLayer API, your language of choice is python (well done), and you’ve read the SoftLayer API Overview on the SLDN site. You've even read the article using the SoftLayer API from python, but it just felt like a tease.

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 13:25
Posted by: cgallo

We added a new feature, a simple bind importer, to the python CLI client that allows users to easily import bind style DNS zones into the SoftLayer DNS system. Before diving into the caveats that come with dealing with a file format that seems to be more human readable than machine readable, let’s discuss how to use it.

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:32
Posted by: admin

In the context of the SoftLayer API, SoftLayer CloudLayer Computing Instances(CCIs) are represented by SoftLayer_Virtual_Guest objects. The SoftLayer_Virtual_Guest service allows for interaction with a specific CCI and you are able to interact with all CCIs on your account through the SoftLayer_Account service.