SoftLayer is a provider of dedicated servers, managed hosting, and cloud services based in Dallas, Texas. The company was founded in 2005 and later acquired by IBM in 2013. Since the acquisition IBM has focused on providing cloud infrastructure as a service and have been expanding their global footprint of data centers to compete with companies like AWS and Azure.
SoftLayer offers a very broad range of services from bare metal servers to firewalls to load balancers within their 20 worldwide data centers. They also resell the Verizon/EdgeCast CDN which adds another 80+ POPs globally for content distribution. As far as managed hosting providers go, they are one of the most geographically dispersed providers on the market with data centers in nearly every region.
SoftLayer operates 20 data centers around the world with coverage all across North America, Europe, and Asia. They also have 2 data centers in Australia, 1 in India, and 1 in Brazil.
Pricing and Contract Terms
SoftLayer has a broad offering of products and services that are mostly pay as you go with no long term contracts required. You can view pricing right on their website using simple calculators that will display your monthly spend based on your needs. Like most cloud providers, usage is billed by instances, hours, bandwidth, etc. They also have a total cost of ownership calculator which can come in handy: http://www.softlayer.com/tco/