July 22, 2015 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.

July 16, 2015 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.

June 24, 2015 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.

June 3, 2015 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.

March 11, 2015 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.

February 13, 2015 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.

February 6, 2015 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.

January 2, 2015 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.

~$ sl dns import 
usage: sl dns import <file> [—dryRun]
~$ sl dns import realtest.test 
October 30, 2014 amfred

One often overlooked but powerful feature of SoftLayer is the ability to run a provision script on any server you deploy. You can use the SoftLayer REST API or the Web-based order form:

Make your script available via HTTPS, and SoftLayer will automatically download it onto the new server and execute it for you. If a script fails, you will receive a notification email.

September 5, 2014 matt.eldridge

In part seven of this series we explored using fog-softlayer for managing your SoftLayer Global IP addresses.

In this installment, we'll look at using tags to bring order to the compute and network assets that we provisioned on SoftLayer.

These examples all assume you have ~/.fog which contains the following:

:softlayer_username: example-username
:softlayer_api_key: 1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a11a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1