5 + 5 Advantages of IBM SoftLayer vs. Competitors

by Matt Walli, Consulting Performance Engineer, IBM Competitive Project Office

Cloud Computing


5 Capabilities found only on IBM SoftLayer

Five capabilities provided by IBM SoftLayer that are not provided by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure:

  1. Customizable bare metal (non-virtual) infrastructure providing single tenant, dedicated, physical systems – for workloads requiring high performance, security and manageability.
  2. The ability to mix virtual and bare metal infrastructure for flexibility in deployment.
  3. The ability to control virtualization any way customers want, including building a hosted private cloud.
  4. Unmetered, unlimited use of global, private network of data centers for unlimited replication, backup, failover, etc.
  5. Transparency from topology to hardware. Bare metal can provide maximum control, security and compliance.


5 Cost Advantages of IBM SoftLayer

What is the true cost of delivering a workload in the cloud? Simply comparing instance acquisition fees may not tell the full story. Evaluating price performance using workload-based comparisons can provide a more accurate view.


The IBM Competitive Project Office compared IBM SoftLayer with Amazon Web Services across a detailed set of price/performance comparisons involving common workload scenarios. For the workloads and environments tested, IBM SoftLayer showed certain price/performance advantages over Amazon Web Services for both virtualized and non-virtualized workloads. Test workloads included the following scenarios:


  1. Web application, non-virtualized(CPU intensive)
  2. Web application virtualized (CPU intensive)
  3. Analytics (storage intensive)
  4. Messaging (network intensive)
  5. Hosting private cloud (consolidation)


These directly comparable, detailed price performance studies demonstrate that in certain environments IBM SoftLayer has the potential to deliver true cloud infrastructure savings compared to Amazon Web Services.


  • Get the full story. Listen to my Webcast “Evaluating Cloud Providers IBM SoftLayer vs. Competitors Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure” at https://ibm.biz/cloudcompete


5 Steps to Effective Workload Analysis for Cloud

by Beth Layton, Global Offering Manager, IBM Cloud Advisory Services

Cloud Computing

Moving to a cloud environment can lead to greater agility and cost savings. But migration to cloud is not just about consolidation and virtualization. It’s about standardizing, automating, sharing services, and provisioning standard workloads. To speed cloud adoption, you must determine how your target cloud(s) will fit with your particular workloads. This can involve managing trade-offs between security, degree of customization, control and economics at an individual workload level.

Workload analysis helps you determine which workloads are ripe for migration to cloud, by analyzing the fit, cost/performance benefit and migration impact of the transition. It gives you the information you need to make strategic decisions, and saves time and money for the design and build stage by employing repeatable processes. The key is to be methodical throughout the process.


  1. Decide upon the initial set of workloads to evaluate. Choose the workloads that will benefit from rapid provisioning or have the most business impact.
  2. Understand your business landscape and how those IT workloads line up.
  3. Analyze your workloads against your target cloud(s) with analytics tools developed by IBM Research such as Workload Transformation Analysis which analyzes 10-10,000 images and workloads to determine migration complexity, operation cost comparison, potential roadblocks.
  4. Determine how to treat shared workloads—either an independent workload view or combined workload view where workloads with common images must be migrated together.
  5. Investigate potential roadblocks and failures and make decisions on how to handle them.

For more information, listen to my Webcast “Maximize ROI and Accelerate Adoption of a Successful Cloud Strategy with Workload Analysis” at https://ibm.biz/cloudroi

10 Reasons to run SAP on the Cloud

by Jan Jackman, VP Global Cloud Services, IBM Global Technology Services

SAP on the Cloud 

Many companies are looking outside the four walls of their own data centres to find new ways to respond with flexibility to a rapidly changing market. A hybrid cloud environment for SAP applications offers dramatic opportunities to move the business forward very quickly and cost effectively.

SAP applications are expanding with HANA into new workload and capability. A hybrid cloud can quickly adapt to where and how SAP workflow runs – leveraging the speed and cost benefits of public cloud and the control and security of private cloud.

10 reasons to run SAP / SAP HANA on IBM Cloud:

  1. 40 cloud data centers worldwide certified to run all SAP and HANA workloads.
  2. Capable of running production and non-production SAP workloads, including HANA in production mode.
  3. Offers unmanaged or fully managed up through infrastructure and business layer of SAP.
  4. Provides free data transfer between IBM data centers worldwide.
  5. Provides 24/7 business-centric system level support for SAP systems, with up to 99.9% availability at application level and <1sec SAP response time for production.
  6. Unlimited integration of SAP solutions with other SAP and non-SAP solutions on cloud.
  7. Enables provisioning of HANA on cloud in minutes on SoftLayer and cloud managed services.
  8. HANA with maximum scalability up to 6TB and 48Nodes – both scale up and scale out.
  9. Modular services can be added to provide the maximum flexibility top down (from business to infrastructure)
  10. Certified SAP provider for running hosting, cloud services and HANA Enterprise cloud and providing one of the largest integration teams available today.

By migrating SAP ERP to the IBM cloud, one manufacturer increased innovation and cut IT costs by 20%. Find out how.