The Virginia SoftLayer data center (WDC01) is located in the Digital Realty carrier hotel, at 4030 Lafayette Center Dr, Chantilly, Virginia. The data center is located in a private N+1 data center facility just 7 miles from Dulles airport. The building is also home to data centers belonging to AT&T and Verizon Business, and receives power from two redundant Dominion Virginia power grids. SoftLayer builds out its data center facilities using an innovative “pod” design. Each facility consists of one or more pods, with each pod built to the same specifications using best-in-class methodologies. The facility provides anti static raised floor and hosts more than 16,000 dedicated servers. The data center is SSAE16 and SOC I certified, meeting industry-recognized requirements for security and reliability. The facility has digital security video surveillance, and access to the data center is authenticated through biometric scan system. The data center has redundant power feeds delivering diverse power to the building, and 2,000 amps 480V of input power. The data center infrastructure is protected by 8 x 750 kVA UPS systems in case of power failure, and an automatic transfer facility to 3 x 2 MW diesel generators with on-site fuel storage. The data center cooling and humidity is controlled by redundant 30 tons CRAC units. The FM 200 fire suppression system with VESDA is installed in data center for additional safety.
SoftLayer data centers are functionally independent with distinct and redundant resources, and fully integrated through SoftLayer’s dedicated network architecture with 20 Gbps fiber link, automatic failover through alternate secure connections, 16 Network Point of Presence (POPs), and secure high speed data transmissions between data centers. These data centers are built from industry-leading hardware and equipment manufacturers, ensuring the highest level of performance, reliability, and interoperability. SoftLayer deploys Cisco 6500 and 3750X switches throughout the data center. Every upstream network port is a multiple 10G and every rack is terminated with 40G of connectivity. This includes two 10G connections to the public Internet and two 10G connections to SoftLayer private network. The server rack has been built out with the same, standardized methodology to streamline deployment, minimize error and create a fast resolution to any problem. Each server comes with triple network ports, for segregated Public Network, Private Network and Management Network access. The Network Operation Center operates 24 x 7 by professionals, who are managing solutions with customized, detailed reporting, and escalation process.
SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 and is based in Dallas, Texas. SoftLayer, now an IBM company, operates a cloud infrastructure platform for companies building for Internet scalability. SoftLayer operates 13 state of the art data centers in different parts of world, with 11 located in United States. SoftLayer’s modular architecture provides unparalleled performance and control, with a full-featured API and sophisticated automation that spans physical and virtual devices for secure, low-latency communications. SoftLayer offers dedicated servers, cloud computing, cloud storage, content delivery network, email delivery service, managed hosting services, backup, database management, server monitoring, and security services such as SSL certificates, firewalls, anti-virus, intrusion protection, and disaster recovery. SoftLayer also provides Add On services like hard drives, SSDs and RAID, server memory/RAM, port speed and bandwidth, IP addresses, load balancing, private network VPN, Linux and Windows options, cPanel and Plesk, database options, hypervisors, server utilities, and message queue. The company also offers solutions like Big Data, disaster recovery, hybrid environments, private clouds, virtualization, Web 2.0 for small and medium businesses to large enterprises.
Chantilly, VA 20151