Welcome to Starbucks

July 2, 2008

"Welcome to Starbucks!" "Uh yea I’ll have a half decaf grande half-soy, half-low fat, iced white chocolate mocha, double-shot, gingerbread latte, extra dry, light ice, with 3 Splenda’s, one Sweet-n'-Low, and one NutraSweet please!" "…Coming right up, Next!" "Umm, I want a hot tall skinny upside down with a whip caramel macchiato" "Nice Choice! Next!" "I will have a Grande extra shot fresh skim milk latte, extra foam, 2 splenda’s and a dash of cocoa!" I am sure that makes sense to all of you. You can’t discount (and they certainly don’t) Starbucks for letting you have it like you want it.

It’s like the Burger King slogan, "Have it your way" I want a Whopper with cheese, extra cheese, bacon, extra pickles, no onion, light mayo, extra ketchup, a large fry and a chocolate shake with strawberry syrup mixed in. Well that just made me hungry.

SoftLayer isn’t much different than a Starbucks or a Burger King. With our full line of servers, services, network and locations you too can make your order as easy or as complex as you like. And yes you can have it like you like it, need it, or even have it your way! It could look like this:

"uhh, yea I would like a server in Dallas, TX. A Quad Proc Quad Core Intel 7320 2.13 Ghz Tigerton with 8gb of Ram, 3000 GB of public bandwidth, 8 secondary IP’s, redundant power supplies, Four 300gb 15K RPM Scsi Drives configured in a Raid5 array, Windows Server 2008 Standard, Business continuance Insurance, TCP Service monitoring, Automated reboot from monitoring and an ASA 100Mbps Firewall. I would then like a server in Seattle, WA. Make it a Quad Proc Quad Core Intel 7310 1.60 Ghz Tigerton with 16gb of Ram, 6000 GB of public bandwidth,168 secondary IP’s, redundant power supplies, Two 250gb SATA II drives configured in a Raid1 mirror, Debian, TCP Service monitoring, Automated reboot from monitoring and an APF software firewall for Linux. Then I need a Quad Proc Quad Core Opteron 8346 1.80GHz in Washington DC with 32GB ram, 10000GB of public bandwidth, 128 Secondary IP’s, a single 1TB SATA II hard Drive, 1GB Lockbox, 250GB NAS, 80GB of iSCSI SAN Storage, a 500GB Evault backup, Redhat Ent. Linux 5, Plesk 8, Urchin, 24x7x365 NOC Monitoring, notification, and Response, McAfee Virus Scan and McAfee Free PCI Scans for life oh and I almost forgot I would like a CDNLayer Account as well!" "…Coming right up!"

As you can see an order from SoftLayer can be just as fulfilling and just as hard to say in one breath as a special burger from Burger King or even your favorite drink at Starbucks. Don’t let the crazy amount of options we offer make your ordering experience any harder than it should be. If you have any questions at all, one of our fine upstanding SLales folks will be glad to walk you through it from beginning to end. Happy Ordering!

What is your Favorite Starbucks order?

-Skinman

Comments

July 3rd, 2008 at 1:32am

I go for a hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint! No coffee for me.

July 8th, 2008 at 9:43am

We have a client that has a development box in Seattle and a production box in Dallas. They are identically configured systems running Plesk. When they are ready to launch a site, they use the Plesk Migration Manager to move the site from their production box to their live system over the private network. We setup DNS in a way that all they do is flip their DNS from ns3/ns4.domain.com to ns1/ns2.domain.com at their registrar and the site is live.

This is very easy to setup and manage because the servers are identical in all aspects, hardware, software, network configuration, etc. Trying to do this with two different providers would mean some idiosyncrasies between the systems. The ability to order the exact same hardware in different locations is excellent.

The ability to customize cpu, ram, and drives is an excellent tool for us. We have clients with entry level dual core boxes packed full of RAM as they are Lighttpd, a lightweight HTTP server good for images. By not forcing them to upgrade into a quad core or dual dual core box to get the RAM they need, they save $100's per month.

July 11th, 2008 at 3:10pm

me?

Quad Core Xeon 5430, 4 GB ram, 2x250GB Sata II, 16 Ip Address, 2TB Bandwidth, BCI, with no cheese, please :D

July 17th, 2008 at 1:18am

It is ironic that I stumbled upon this blog post while looking for a way to order your CDNLayer services without buying a dedicated server. Something your sales people have informed me, you just don't do.

Oh, and a large iced coffee with 3 shots.

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July 3rd, 2008 at 1:32am

I go for a hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint! No coffee for me.

July 8th, 2008 at 9:43am

We have a client that has a development box in Seattle and a production box in Dallas. They are identically configured systems running Plesk. When they are ready to launch a site, they use the Plesk Migration Manager to move the site from their production box to their live system over the private network. We setup DNS in a way that all they do is flip their DNS from ns3/ns4.domain.com to ns1/ns2.domain.com at their registrar and the site is live.

This is very easy to setup and manage because the servers are identical in all aspects, hardware, software, network configuration, etc. Trying to do this with two different providers would mean some idiosyncrasies between the systems. The ability to order the exact same hardware in different locations is excellent.

The ability to customize cpu, ram, and drives is an excellent tool for us. We have clients with entry level dual core boxes packed full of RAM as they are Lighttpd, a lightweight HTTP server good for images. By not forcing them to upgrade into a quad core or dual dual core box to get the RAM they need, they save $100's per month.

July 11th, 2008 at 3:10pm

me?

Quad Core Xeon 5430, 4 GB ram, 2x250GB Sata II, 16 Ip Address, 2TB Bandwidth, BCI, with no cheese, please :D

July 17th, 2008 at 1:18am

It is ironic that I stumbled upon this blog post while looking for a way to order your CDNLayer services without buying a dedicated server. Something your sales people have informed me, you just don't do.

Oh, and a large iced coffee with 3 shots.

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