Both regional and cross region endpoints are available for connecting applications or clients that use the S3 API to the public cloud. Endpoints should be chosen based on proximity to the application servers accessing the object store to minimize latency. For workloads not concentrated in a single geographic area, the Cross Region endpoint routes connections to the nearest regional data centers. When using a cross region endpoint, it is possible to direct traffic to a specific data center, although the data will still be distributed across all three sites. Endpoints can be accessed over either plaintext or SSL depending on security requirements.

Types of endpoint:

  • Public endpoints can be accessed from anywhere and charges are assessed on outgoing bandwidth. Incoming bandwidth is free. Public endpoints should be used for access not originating from a SoftLayer data center.
  • Private endpoints can be accessed by customers running Virtual Machines or Bare Metal Servers on SoftLayer. Private endpoints do not incur charges for any outgoing or incoming bandwidth even if the traffic is cross regions or across data centers. Customers with workloads running in a SoftLayer data center in Dallas, San Jose, or Washington, DC should use the endpoint for that same city. Customers with existing workloads running in a remote SoftLayer data center should use the US Region endpoint.

US Cross Region Endpoints

Region Type Endpoint
US Cross Region public s3-api.us-geo.objectstorage.softlayer.net
private s3-api.us-geo.objectstorage.service.networklayer.com
Dallas public s3-api.dal-us-geo.objectstorage.softlayer.net
private s3-api.dal-us-geo.objectstorage.service.networklayer.com
San Jose public s3-api.sjc-us-geo.objectstorage.softlayer.net
private s3-api.sjc-us-geo.objectstorage.service.networklayer.com
Washington, DC public s3-api.wdc-us-geo.objectstorage.softlayer.net
private s3-api.wdc-us-geo.objectstorage.service.networklayer.com

US Regional Endpoints

Region Type Endpoint
US South public s3.us-south.objectstorage.softlayer.net
private s3.us-south.objectstorage.service.networklayer.com
Region Type Endpoint
US East public s3.us-east.objectstorage.softlayer.net
private s3.us-east.objectstorage.service.networklayer.com

EU Cross Region Endpoints

Region Type Endpoint
EU Cross Region public s3.eu-geo.objectstorage.softlayer.net
private s3.eu-geo.objectstorage.service.networklayer.com
Amsterdam public s3.ams-eu-geo.objectstorage.softlayer.net
private s3.ams-eu-geo.objectstorage.service.networklayer.com
Frankfurt public s3.fra-eu-geo.objectstorage.softlayer.net
private s3.fra-eu-geo.objectstorage.service.networklayer.com
Milan public s3.mil-eu-geo.objectstorage.softlayer.net
private s3pi.mil-eu-geo.objectstorage.service.networklayer.com