Service Provider Increases Scalability, Gains Competitive Edge

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Executive Summary

Founded in 2005, SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. provides global, on-demand data center and hosting services from three data centers in Dallas, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and Washington D.C. Customers of all sizes pay a monthly fee to use SoftLayer's servers for a wide range of applications, including web hosting, back-office business applications, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environments, and grid and High-Performance Computing (HPC). SoftLayer Technologies wanted to scale to accommodate business growth and differentiate server hosting service. The challenge was to minimize operational costs. SoftLayer Technologies connected racks to Cisco Catalyst 4900M Switches as well as connected Cisco Catalyst 4900M Switches to Cisco Catalyst 6500 Flagship Switch.

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