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SoftLayer Fundamentals

Learn the essential skills to become proficient in the SoftLayer IaaS platform and solutions.

GK# 0741

Course Overview


This course introduces you to SoftLayer Infrastructure-as-a-Solution (IaaS) capabilities through instruction, hands-on lab activities, and demonstrations. A three-tier application framework and client case study is used to provide a workload context in order to understand what SoftLayer can do.

What You'll Learn

  • Cloud terminology
  • Architectural concepts in regards to SoftLayer
  • Compare the SoftLayer storage options
  • Security and compliance, including data privacy
  • Evaluate the multiple network options and the performance implications
  • SoftLayer differentiators
  • Model a typical environment using relevant SoftLayer component options


Viewing outline for:

Classroom Live Outline

1. Changing the Landscape Without Changing the Definition

2. Defining SoftLayer Cloud Architecture

3. Connecting to the Cloud - SoftLayer network options

4. Storing Your Data

5. Keep Safe - Security, Compliance, and Data Management

6. Monitoring and Management to meet Service Level Agreements

7. Leveraging the SoftLayer Differentiators


Viewing labs for:

Classroom Live Labs

Hands-on labs will be done throughout the class to learn how to:

  • Navigate the SoftLayer portal
  • Deploy a virtual machine
  • Create templates to deploy images faster
  • Upgrade the environment to meet new requirements
  • Explore the SoftLayer network backbone to understand latencies and determine which data center meets the service level agreement
  • Manage your virtual machine through a VPN
  • Distribute workload across servers and create additional servers as demand dictates using load balancers and auto scaling
  • Protect the web servers because which are exposed to the Internet using the FortiGate Hardware Firewall (as a service)
  • Allocate space to database server and confirm steady storage performance
  • Connect to a NAS volume and measure performance
  • Configure monitoring for a database server

Instructor-led demonstrations will provide insight into how to:

  • Understand the SoftLayer portal user interface
  • Use the bare metal server management
  • Leverage eVault backup capabilities
  • Establish user security
  • Monitor system performance

Who Should Attend

  • For individuals who want to evaluate the SoftLayer's IaaS capabilities in more detail
  • Individuals responsible for evaluating the technical benefits of using third party cloud hosting services such as SoftLayer for IaaS
  • IT solution and software architects who want to assess the fit of SoftLayer's IaaS technologies and how they align with their business requirements
  • Application developers who want to understand the SoftLayer's IaaS capabilities and how to leverage them into their applications
  • Network managers who want to understand IaaS connectivity and performance considerations to manage the computer networks across their business
  • Security managers who want to learn how to design IaaS solutions that protect underlying information using cloud services
  • Storage managers who need to assess IaaS options to manage the storage architecture strategy

Follow-On Courses

Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 2 day

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 2 day

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