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SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.
Industry "Hosting
Founded 2005 (2005)
Headquarters "Dallas, "Texas, USA
Key people
Lance Crosby (Chairman & CEO)
Products Dedicated Hosting, Managed Services
"Parent "IBM (since 2013)

SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. is a "dedicated server, "managed hosting, and "cloud computing provider,[1] founded in 2005 and acquired by "IBM in 2013.[2]


"GI Partners acquired a majority equity stake in SoftLayer in August 2010.[3] In November 2010, SoftLayer merged with "The Planet Internet Services[4][5][6][7] and consolidated the customer base under the SoftLayer brand.[8] In Q1 2011, the company reported hosting more than 81,000 servers for more than 26,000 customers in locations throughout the United States.[9]

In July 2011, the company announced plans for international expansion to Amsterdam and Singapore to add to the existing network of US-based data centers in Dallas, Texas; San Jose, California; Seattle, Washington; Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico; Houston, Texas; and Washington, D.C.[10] Most of these data centers were leased via "Digital Realty Trust.[11] As of May 2015, the company has 23 data centers in 11 different countries.[12]

On June 4, 2013, "IBM announced its acquisition of SoftLayer under not disclosed financial terms, but according to Reuters in a deal that could fetch more than $2 billion,[13] to form an "IBM Cloud Services Division.[14][15] At the time of acquisition, Softlayer was described as the biggest privately held cloud infrastructure provider (IaaS) in the world.[16]


  1. ^ "". Company web site. SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "IBM Closes Acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies". Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "GI Partners and Management Acquire SoftLayer". News release. "GI Partners. August 4, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tech Crunch - Hosting Companies The Planet And SoftLayer Complete Merger".  External link in |work= ("help)
  5. ^ "SoftLayer and The Planet Complete Merger". Data Center Knowledge blog. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The WHIR - Web Hosts The Planet and SoftLayer Complete Merger: Report".  External link in |work= ("help)
  7. ^ "EV1 GI Partners Announces Completion Of Merger Between SoftLayer and The Planet". News release. "GI Partners. November 10, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "SoftLayer and The Planet Begin Merged Operations: Merger Brings Customers Advantages in Combined Capabilities and Scale". News release. November 16, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Data Center Knowledge - SoftLayer: $78 Million in First Quarter Revenue".  External link in |work= ("help)
  10. ^ Rich Miller (July 26, 2011). / "SoftLayer Goes Global With its Network" Check |url= value ("help). Data Center Knowledge. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Digital Realty Signs SoftLayer to Data Centre Lease in Singapore". News release. October 10, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "SoftLayer Data Centers". Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
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  14. ^ "IBM to Acquire SoftLayer to Accelerate Adoption of Cloud Computing in the Enterprise: IBM to Form New Cloud Services Division". News release. IBM. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "IBM (IBM) to Acquire Public Cloud Provider SoftLayer". Street Insider. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ Holland, Maggie (9 October 2014) IBM and SoftLayer: What a difference a year makes ITPro, Retrieved 18 May 2015

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