Bare Metal Servers

Build a bare metal server with your choice of processor(s), hard drive configuration, RAM, port speed, and more.

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Virtual Servers

Select the cores, storage, and RAM you need in your virtual server, and we'll deploy it in 5 to 15 minutes.

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Cloud Storage

Scale your storage infrastructure on demand while controlling your costs with SoftLayer object storage.

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Block Storage

Our block storage goes to 12(TB).

Get local disk performance with SAN persistence, durability, and flexibility. Deploy block storage in volumes up to 12TB to increase the storage capacity available to your virtual or bare metal servers.

Completely customize the features and performance of your block storage volumes. Provision Endurance resources with snapshots and replication or build a high-powered Performance environment with allocated IOPS.


Trust your data to infrastructure with industry-leading data durability and resiliency.


Access storage directly through the operating system reducing latency.

Predictable Billing

Lock in costs every month. No hidden fees or charges.

Block storage. SoftLayer style.

Get the storage you need, where you need it.

Durable: Our block storage infrastructure protects against data loss and saves you from having to create and manage operating system-level RAID arrays. This durability also means your data is protected during any necessary maintenance and in the event of equipment failure.

Allocated IOPS: Volumes are provisioned with customizable allocated levels of IOPS to meet your workload’s unique storage needs. Multiple volumes may be striped together to achieve even better performance.

Concurrent Access and Highly Available Connectivity: iSCSI-based block storage volumes are exposed to authorized devices via redundant multipath I/O (MPIO) connections, and multiple devices can mount a block device simultaneously in a clustering configuration.

Snapshots & Replication (Endurance only): Efficient, point-in-time snapshots are captured non-disruptively and engineered to minimize space. Snapshots can be replicated to select SoftLayer data centers.

Global Footprint: Block volumes can be provisioned alongside your cloud servers in SoftLayer data center locations around the world.

Options: Endurance & Performance

Control every aspect of your storage.

Add block storage to your cloud environment in any of our global data centers today by ordering volumes through the customer portal to meet your needs. Choose between Endurance and Performance options:

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With Endurance block storage, all storage volumes support snapshots and replication. Volumes can be provisioned in your desired storage capacity—from 20GB to 12TB—and at your desired IOPS tier with simple per-GB pricing to support a variety of application needs:

Monthly Price$0.15 /GB $0.35 /GB$0.58 /GB

Popular Use Cases

Business Continuity : Meet business recovery objectives by non-disruptively capturing point-in-time snapshots and replicating to SoftLayer data centers for nearly instantaneous disaster recovery.

Large Relational Databases : Handle the database capacity and performance requirements by scaling up, whether you’re deploying Oracle, Microsoft SQL, PostgreSQL or MySQL.

Dedicated File System : Create your own file system for sharing across multiple servers and applications.

Starting at
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When data moves fast, ensure your persistent storage can keep up by selecting Performance block storage. Select the storage capacity you need—from 20GB to 12TB—and select the number of IOPS you want dedicated to your block storage volume.

Popular Use Cases

NoSQL Databases : Ideal for NoSQL databases because performance volumes can be provisioned with specific IOPS to achieve specific read/write speeds.

High Transaction Workloads : Stripe performance volumes together to achieve up to 48,000 IOPS to meet even the most demanding I/O requirements.

High I/O Applications : Applications that have frequent reads/writes will benefit from the speed and consistent input/output of performance volumes.

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Allocated IOPS

Storage: 100GB      IOPS: 1      Monthly Cost:

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Block Storage 101

Is block storage right for you?

Block-level storage is an iSCSI-based storage solution provisioned in raw volumes of unformatted blocks and deployed in a SAN environment accessible over SoftLayer’s private network. Some of the most popular use cases for block-level storage include databases, virtual server deployments, and big data analytics.

SoftLayer block storage has been engineered to run on specialized, high-performance storage devices that seamlessly fuse solid-state drives—ideal for computing operations that need higher input/output operations per second (IOPS)—with enterprise-grade spinning disks—allowing near-limitless scalability while minimizing costs. Your block storage is hosted in the same data center as your SoftLayer virtual and bare metal servers and volumes can be replicated to other SoftLayer data centers over our private network.

Looking for a different storage option? Our file storage also comes in Performance and Endurance classes. Learn more about SoftLayer file storage.

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