With the release of SoftLayer Object Storage, we wanted to integrate brand-unique, value-added features on top of the already comprehensive tools that have been set in place to provide a first-in-class product for our customers. While Object Storage has many features that come standard from the OpenStack Object Storage project (code-named Swift), the additional features we have integrated will bring your storage to the next level.
Unique to SoftLayer Object Storage is a comprehensive search tool unlike any you have seen before. SoftLayer’s integrated search service allows users to search the index based on account, container or path and provides numerous parameters to assist in filtering the search results. The Search Service API is built on top of the existing Object Storage API and indexes metadata on accounts, containers, and objects while providing a familiar interface to search the index.
he SoftLayer API is built around the same system of user permissions that power the SoftLayer customer portal. What the API exposes and allows depends on the user account that is making the call and that user's permission set.
Many of the methods in the SoftLayer API return arrays of data types. In these cases it may be useful to limit the number of results that the API retrieves from your method call. Fortunately SoftLayer provides an easy way to accomplish this via a method analogous to the SQL <tt>LIMIT</tt> statement that you can apply in the header of your method calls. Result limits are optional for all method calls, and a method's manual page states whether or not it can use a result limit. Methods that retrieve only one item cannot use result limits.