Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:13
Posted by: rtiffany


One of the great things about being in a connected world is the ability to have private only systems talk to each other through gateway devices. Today you will look at using the Bluemix VPN Service connected to a SoftLayer Vyatta Network Gateway Device to enable communication between Private-Only Bluemix containers and SoftLayer instances.

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:10
Posted by: rtiffany

In this article we will go over a few of the more common billing related API questions we have received, and provide some REST examples on how to gather information from the SoftLayer API. Being able to understand the SoftLayer billing API can be key to planning your budget, as well as tracking usage and spending trends.

Before we begin I find it helpful to set some environment variables so that we don't have to provide our SoftLayer user and API key in every call. In your terminal run the following, substituting in your Portal username and API key:

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 14:28
Posted by: rtiffany

Load Balancing is a way to distribute processing and communications evenly across multiple servers within a data center so that a single device does not carry an entire load. SoftLayer Load Balancing enables customers to employ a variety of balancing methods to distribute traffic, including persistent and non-persistent options, that can be changed, activated and deactivated at any time. Today we are going to look at how to use the Python slcli client to manage your SoftLayer Local Load balancers.

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 17:48
Posted by: smandrews

In light of the upcoming legacy storage device End of Life preparation, this how-to for mounting object storage as a drive in your Windows server can help ease the pain.

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.]