Dallas, Texas – (The Hosting News) – March 11, 2008 – On-demand, dedicated web hosting solutions firm, SoftLayer, has opened a second datacenter facility in Dallas, as well as investing over $5 million, in the completion of an upgrade of its core networking infrastructure.
The new facility features 220 new racks, more than doubling SoftLayerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s server capacity in Dallas. It has its own multiple power feeds supported by independent UPS systems and generators for failover, while leveraging the same network operations (NOC) as the existing SoftLayer facility.
Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer noted, ”The new datacenter resides within the same building as our current facility, but it is completely redundant from all other risk variables, including power, bandwidth, and cooling. This allows us to deliver an additional level of failover and disaster recovery for customers seeking redundant Dallas facilities.”
As part of this expansion, a major core network backbone upgrade was completed to better serve all customers using the Dallas facilities. The upgrade included: Addition of three new Cisco 7600-S routers utilizing the latest RSP-720 Supervisor Engines; Upgrade of all existing 6500-E switches utilizing the latest Sup720-3CXL Supervisor Engines; DDOS and IDS protection with multiple Cisco Guard and Tipping Point installations; Continued deployment of 40g to the rack (20g public and 20g private) utilizing Cisco 3560-E rack switches.
This upgrade is anticipated to significantly improve performance for all SoftLayer customers as the new Cisco equipment provides increased CPU speed, more memory, and far greater routing capacity than the previous generation of equipment. SoftLayer continues pushing innovation by deploying the latest technologies and increasing its investment in retrofitting the existing environment.
Mr. Crosby continued, ”SoftLayer has a mandate to provide continuous innovation to its customers and be the first to market with products and services that enable our model of on-demand IT.”
Located in the INFOMART in Dallas, Texas, SoftLayer was formed in June 2005 by a team of industry executives seeking to deliver low cost next generation on-demand hosting services for the small to medium enterprise (SME). Utilizing proprietary software, coupled with the industry’s first network-within-a-network topology, the company delivers the power and control to securely manage IT environments while providing comprehensive scalability.
To learn more, please visit: www.softlayer.com.