What do you like best?
1. SoftLayer has data centers interconnected on a global private network. We can select the specific SoftLayer data center location we want so they can provision servers in the exact location users desire
2. In AWS when we move data between AWS servers, we have seen “Inter-Region Data Transfer Out” and “Intra-Region Data Transfer” on our bills. But in SoftLayer when we try to move data from one SoftLayer facility to another SoftLayer facility (anywhere in the world), that transfer is free and unmetered though this is not mentioned we found this is good thing.
3. Though AWS and Softlayers are termed as IAAS Softlayer is a clear win since it provisions bare metal for customers which gives more power and advantages in terms of performance and other things..
What do you dislike?
Need a very good scalable framework, designed by a very skilled engineer. Becuase beyond a certain number of users, the resources get chewed up quickly and if the framework is badly done, the system lags.Softlayer works better in the US because since because skilled engineers available in US as we are based in Asia we have encountered many issues with it.
Recommendations to others considering the product
I have used SoftLayer for period of 3 months this is some what expensive and most of the people who wants just to host a website or mobile back-end this is not for you because the process of provisioning is quite overwhelming compare to MIcrosoft Azure and AWS.
I suggest this only to enterprise users who wants top notch access to underlying bare machines & and need very high compute engines.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Application Hosting - It gives more power compared to amazon we have more power to customze our stacks
but soon we have realized we are not users who should be using the softlayer