Author Archive: Christopher Chester

September 23, 2016

Deploy a new VMware environment in hours on IBM Cloud

Using advanced automation developed through the partnership between IBM and VMware, you can now go from weeks to hours in deploying a new VMware environment on IBM Cloud with two new offerings:

  • VMware Cloud Foundation™ on IBM Cloud: Allows you to deploy a natively integrated software-defined stack for compute, network, and storage, based on vSphere, NSX and VSAN, and architected to VMware Validated Designs. Read about them here.
  • VMware vCenter Server® on IBM Cloud: Provides a choice of flexible deployments of vSphere hypervisors managed by vCenter Server.

With these new offerings, IBM is providing new choices for you to preserve your investment in existing workloads and solutions while taking advantage of IBM Cloud’s global footprint and scale.

It is now easier to deploy and operate a seamless and consistent cloud that spans hybrid environments as you move your existing workloads to the cloud or create new ones. You can continue to use the same familiar tools and scripts to manage your workloads—all without having to retool or refactor your applications.

All of the above is available to you in the predictable, month-to-month, OPEX consumption model of SoftLayer, giving you total flexibility and freedom to control your expenses.

Take a quick look at how you can accelerate your move to hybrid cloud with IBM and VMware.

How easy is it to extend your VMware workloads to IBM Cloud? We'll explain.

Your future cloud begins here.

-Christopher

 

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August 23, 2016

Finally, Reset Your Own Password!

If you’re anything like me, you have more than 25 accounts, personal and business, with different passwords for most or all of them. You’ve probably even forgotten a password to some of them throughout the years. Would you believe that the average number of “password reset” emails per email account is around 37? Yes, 37! And what’s even worse than forgetting your password is having to contact someone to get your password changed. We were guilty of that—but not anymore!

Now at SoftLayer

We’ve implemented the Customer Password Reset Self-Service feature to the customer portal. This gives you even more control over your SoftLayer account.

Start using it today

If you need to reset your portal password, follow the secure, online self-service process. Additional authentication factors are required for portal login to apply the password reset functionality. These additional factors will be explained in instructions included in the password reset email you receive.

Password reset

Please note: In order for master users to reset their passwords, they still need to contact the SoftLayer Revenue Services team for additional account verification. Safety first!

-Christopher

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July 28, 2016

SL-APS: The faster way for resellers to offer SoftLayer services

SL-APS is a SoftLayer infrastructure application package that allows a simple and fast way for cloud service providers to offer new and existing SoftLayer services to their customers. Since it is based on APS Standard’s Application Packaging Standard (APS), you can get your Odin Cloud Marketplace Storefront up and running in a matter of a days—instead of spending months to develop and integrate—so you can sell and deploy SoftLayer services (virtual servers, bare metal servers, network devices, etc.) faster than ever before.

Putting the "r" back in fee

Providers (distributors and resellers) can download the software package from IBM free of charge. Once installed, the SL-APS package will dynamically discover SoftLayer products, pricing, and available data centers and display them in a “configurator” interface.

You're in control

Providers then customize or simplify the product set by building a list of products they wish to offer to customers. The package also accommodates Provider-Reseller-Customer Sales models as well as two-tier distribution.

IBM SL-APS v3.0 (July 2016) provides deeper integration with many of SoftLayer’s catalog items and services. New features include:

  • SAML SSO to SoftLayer Customer Portal: Odin SL-APS customers can one-click securely sign on to their SoftLayer customer portal using a strong one-time security token.
  • SoftLayer Invoice-Driven Billing: All Odin invoices relating to SoftLayer services will be generated directly based on SoftLayer invoices, on customer’s SoftLayer monthly billing date, converted for customer/reseller currency and discount rate.
  • Detailed Reseller and End-Customer Invoices: Resellers and end-customers will receive detailed invoices containing all SoftLayer devices and associated charges, converted for customer/reseller currency and discount rate.
  • POWER8 servers (additional latest SoftLayer catalog item): POWER8 servers provide bare metal power for big data workloads.

     

-Christopher

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