Using SoftLayer

Automate application deployments through ElasticBox when you launch to Linux or Windows virtual servers in the IBM SoftLayer public cloud. ElasticBox simplifies deployments with a dedicated focus on applications rather than infrastructure. See the benefits and use cases.

In this article:

Register SoftLayer Provider in ElasticBox

You need a SoftLayer account to be able to deploy from ElasticBox. When you have an account, follow these steps to register it in ElasticBox to automate your deployments.


  1. Log in to the SoftLayer portal.

  2. Under Account > Users > API Key, click Generate to create an API Key or click View to copy it. ElasticBox needs the key to make API requests on your behalf.

    Find the API Key in Your SoftLayer Account
  3. Copy the API key.

  4. In ElasticBox, go to Providers > New Provider and select SoftLayer.

  5. Enter the SoftLayer username and API Key as shown and save.

    Enter SoftLayer Credentials

Deploy to SoftLayer from ElasticBox

Select from the following deployment profile options to launch workloads on Linux or Windows machines.

Note a couple of things about instances you deploy on SoftLayer through ElasticBox.

  • Tags. You can apply up to six provider tags on any instance you deploy on SoftLayer if you’ve defined the tags in the ElasticBox admin console.
  • Instance name. Depending on the number of instances you spin up through ElasticBox, each instance is assigned a name that has the format of


Option Description
Provider Select a SoftLayer account registered in ElasticBox.


Option Description
Cores Select virtual CPUs for the instance. For dedicated processing speed that others don’t share, choose private. You can get up to 8 private cores and up to 16 public.
Memory Allocate RAM for the instance.
Operating System Select from a list of SoftLayer Linux or Windows images. Images are specific to the box service type, that is, Linux or Windows.
SSH Key Select a public key to SSH into the Linux or Windows instance. The drop-down shows keys added to your SoftLayer account.
Instances Specify the number of instances to provision.

Block Devices

By default, the machine is provisioned with 25GB local disk space. You can increase local system or portable SAN disk space. Get up to 400 local disk space or up to 2.1 TB of SAN storage.


Option Description
Datacenter Select a location to place the instance.
Uplink Port Speed Optionally, upgrade the speed of the instance network port. By default, it is 10 Mbps. But you can upgrade to 100 or 1000 Mbps for private use, meaning no one else shares the network interface card port.