Custom Server Solutions

February 3, 2010

The other day I was at a well known coffee shop (take a wild guess) and was steamrolled by all of the marketing hype. Try this! Take one of these home! Only for a limited time! Often the presentation of too many options makes the decision a lot more difficult. I know it’s just coffee or tea but now I have the sudden urge to collect them all! And despite years of caffeine conditioning I don’t think my heart, stomach, or my bank account could take a collecting and consuming of all. I’m looking for something different this time, but again, too many options. The next logical step is asking the Barista what their favorite is. I figure they spend their entire workday around the stuff; they MUST have a good recommendation. All I was really looking for here was a “get this” and call it good. Only after I asked, did I remember that most people who frequent this caliber of coffee joint are really particular about their coffee. I, however, am not one of the ¼ soy milk, ¼ cream, no froth, low-fat, exactly 1723 crystals of sugar type of people, so I’m not really prepared for what comes next. Instead of a one-size-fits-all answer, I’m getting a barrage of questions about my preferences. While this was not really what I was after, it hit me that this Barista is building me a solution. I did, in fact, leave with a tasty seasonal coffee, custom tailored to my needs. Servers are a lot like coffee, they rely on gratuitous amounts of caffeine to be any good; that and, there is usually never a generic solution that is going to suit your needs. The sales team at SoftLayer is not there solely to assist you in placing an order for you; they are there to ask you questions about your intentions with the server so they can recommend the best possible solution. You can have your low-fat CentOS with a double-shot of 5570’s with “venti” gigs of ram. Just ask our sales team to brew you up a solution.

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February 4th, 2010 at 12:33pm

The ability to customize hardware was one of the reasons I was initially drawn to SoftLayer. Just a few years ago, server providers routinely scaled server components as bundles. If you wanted 2TB of storage, you also had to get 8GB of RAM and dual CPUs.

This approach is not very cost effective, especially when deploying task-specific servers. For example, an NFS server needs fast disks and a moderate amount of RAM but a low end CPU. Just a few years ago, the disk system I wanted would be bundled with high end CPUs and a lot of RAM at twice the cost.

By having choices, we can tailor a server to our client's requirements and save them money.

February 6th, 2010 at 3:28pm

Softlayer indeed does offer great customization possibilities, you guys have the best array of options in the hosting industry IMO

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February 4th, 2010 at 12:33pm

The ability to customize hardware was one of the reasons I was initially drawn to SoftLayer. Just a few years ago, server providers routinely scaled server components as bundles. If you wanted 2TB of storage, you also had to get 8GB of RAM and dual CPUs.

This approach is not very cost effective, especially when deploying task-specific servers. For example, an NFS server needs fast disks and a moderate amount of RAM but a low end CPU. Just a few years ago, the disk system I wanted would be bundled with high end CPUs and a lot of RAM at twice the cost.

By having choices, we can tailor a server to our client's requirements and save them money.

February 6th, 2010 at 3:28pm

Softlayer indeed does offer great customization possibilities, you guys have the best array of options in the hosting industry IMO

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