Send a single ICMP ping from SoftLayer's application servers to the given IP address or hostname and return whether or not the remote host was pingable. Pinging is a good way to determine if a particular host is alive on the Internet. A host that's unreachable to ping may not necessarily be down, as many providers employ filtering to deny ICMP traffic. Pinging a hostname instead of an IP address may fail if DNS lookup for that hostname also fails. isPingable() differs from ping() in that it returns whether an address was pingable while ping() retrieves the full results of the ping command.
An IP address or hostname to ping.
- SoftLayer_Exception_Public: Throw the exception "Please provide an address to ping." if the address parameter is empty.
- SoftLayer_Exception_Public: Throw the exception "Please provide a valid IP address or hostname." if the address parameter is not a valid IP address or hostname.