Dallas, Texas – (The Hosting News) – August 25, 2008 – On-demand hosting services and virtual data center provider for the small to medium enterprise (SME), SoftLayer, has added Anycast DNS (also called IP Anycast Routing) to its offerings, free to all customers using SoftLayer’s DNS servers.
Jacob Linscott, Director of Information Systems at SoftLayer noted, ”We are very excited to offer a high availability DNS solution to the market. Its capabilities give our customers another level of reliability and an effective mechanism for maintaining business continuity.”
Anycast DNS is a high availability and geographically diverse advanced routing solution that allows multiple server destinations to share the same IP address and routes IP requests to the best destination based on network conditions. This enterprise-class feature increases uptime, provides exceptional opportunities for optimizing traffic flow, improves network performance, and maintains service redundancies. Previously, this functionality has not been available to organizations of all sizes as it is difficult to build in-house and very expensive to purchase from third party providers.
Anycast DNS routing is available from all three SoftLayer data centers. All of SoftLayer’s resilient name servers have the feature enabled and offer real-time DNS record population.
According to the company, by allowing multiple destinations to share the same IP address, Anycast DNS routing permits DNS registration information to be mirrored on server clusters either locally, regionally, or globally. Requests for the IP address are routed to the closest destination with the highest availability, preventing requests from being routed to a server that is unavailable or experiencing unusually heavy traffic.
Key features include:
Service Continuity – helps maintain uptime in the event of service interruptions
Network Protection – provides a comprehensive network failover solution
Disaster Recovery – allows critical services to be continuously maintained
Earlier this summer, the company enhanced its offerings, to include virtualization with the release of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.
Hyper-V was developed as a next-generation virtualization hypervisor that allows a single physical server to be separated into multiple virtual machines that can run independent operating systems’ Windows, Linux and others. As with all SoftLayer services, Hyper-V can be ordered through the customer portal and provisioned automatically along with a server’s operating system or systems.
A hypervisor such as Hyper-V creates a level of software in between the physical ”bare-metal” hardware and any operating system. The hypervisor then assigns and manages the hardware’s resources to create and run distinct virtual machines. Each virtual machine can run a different operating system, or even its own instance of the same operating system. This presents incredible advantages, including:
- increased server utilization rates and decreased infrastructure costs by pooling server resources rather than managing individual servers
- reduced provisioning times by allowing individual machines to be removed for maintenance without interrupting application use
- decreased environmental impact, by delivering the productivity of multiple machines within only a single machine’s power, cooling and floor space requirements
- fewer application and OS incompatibilities, as each virtual machine runs independently from others on the same physical hardware
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SoftLayer provides next-generation web hosting and on-demand datacenter services on a global basis from facilities located in Dallas, TX and Seattle, WA. Utilizing proprietary management tools coupled with the industry’s first network-within-a-network topology, the company delivers unprecedented power and control to securely manage IT environments while providing unparalleled scalability.
To learn more about SoftLayer, please visit: www.softlayer.com.