SoftLayer bare metal servers are deployed in under 30 minutes and billed by the hour. Hourly servers provide the raw performance of physical servers with shorter commitments. The servers can stand alone or completely integrate with all other SoftLayer bare metal, virtual, storage, and networking services, all in one seamless global platform. The servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to SoftLayer’s private global network. The network allows for seamless integration between data centers without additional networking fees. Four base configurations with CentOS, Red Hat, FreeBSD, or Ubuntu operating system can be installed.