Big Data Solutions

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Built to Order

Big data solutions, built from scratch.

Some customers prefer to configure their big data infrastructures from the ground up. If that’s you, you’re in the right place. SoftLayer has the servers and services you need to do just that.

Create a custom big data infrastructure solution at SoftLayer, and your application can leverage the exact amount of performance and scalability you want from our servers and advanced network.

Bare Metal Power

Avoid the performance costs of shared hardware in virtual systems.


The predictable performance of bare metal lets you plan ahead to scale as your operations grow.

Higher Scalability

Scale up, out, in, or down on demand, with two to four hour deployment and pay-as-you-go pricing.


Choose from bare metal or virtual servers, ready to configure with the memory and storage options ideal for your solution. Use bare metal or virtual servers as management servers, storage servers, processing servers, and more.

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Seamlessly integrate or geographically diversify your big data nodes, clusters, or shards around the world.

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Handle large workloads and data volumes by scaling out on demand. Add new hardware with the latest processors without having to reconfigure your solution. Expand storage capacity as you need it

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Install the software of your choosing. We have options for MongoDB, Riak, and Cloudera Hadoop that can be installed prior to deployment, or you can install your software of choice whenever you like.

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To learn more about building your own big data solution, chat with a member of our sales team.

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No hard hat needed.

Building a multi-server big data solution is simple. Decide which bare metal servers you want to serve as the foundation of your solution, and configure them with the hard drives and RAM you need. Submit your order, and your servers will be online and ready for you in 2-4 hours. You'll have direct access to install your choice of applications or operating systems with which you'll manage your big data environment.

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Compare Costs of SoftLayer v. Traditional IT

Find out how much you can save by building on the SoftLayer platform.

Should you build your big data environment in an on-premises data center? Use our Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) tool to plan your big data infrastructure, and compare the capital expenditures and operating expenses of building the environment in-house with the costs of deploying the workload on SoftLayer.

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