SoftLayer Bare Metal Servers are the primary devices used by SoftLayer customers. On a single SoftLayer customer account, Bare Metal Servers can be deployed in one or more data centers and have the ability to communicate on SoftLayer's Private Network as if they were stationed on the same rack. SoftLayer customers use Bare Metal Servers in a variety of ways, including hosting web sites and databases, storing files and running applications. When ordering a Bare Metal Server, users have the ability to customize specifications from the processors and data center to the operating system and hard drive. After a SoftLayer Customer Account has been created, new servers can be ordered at any time through the Customer Portal or the API.