SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. is a dedicated server, managed hosting and cloud computing provider. Founded in 2005, it was acquired by IBM in 2013. [1 ] History [edit ] GI Partners acquired a majority equity stake in SoftLayer in August 2010. In November 2010, SoftLayer merged with [2 ] The Planet Internet Services [3 ] [4 ] [5 ] and consolidated the customer base under the SoftLayer brand. [6 ] In Q1 2011, the company reported hosting more than 81,000 servers for more than 26,000 customers in locations throughout the United States. [7 ] [8 ]
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, San Jose, Seattle, Houston and Washington, D.C.
Most of these data centers were leased via [9 ] Digital Realty Trust. [10 ]
On June 4, 2013,
IBM announced its acquisition of SoftLayer, to form an IBM Cloud Services Division. [11 ] [12 ] References [edit ] ^ "About Us". Company web site. SoftLayer Technologies, Inc . Retrieved August 28, 2011. ^ "GI Partners and Management Acquire SoftLayer". News release ( GI Partners). August 4, 2010 . Retrieved August 28, 2011. ^ "Tech Crunch - Hosting Companies The Planet And SoftLayer Complete Merger". . http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/08/the-planet-softlayer/ ^ "SoftLayer and The Planet Complete Merger". Data Center Knowledge blog . Retrieved August 28, 2011. ^ "The WHIR - Web Hosts The Planet and SoftLayer Complete Merger: Report". . http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/110810_Web_Hosts_The_Planet_and_SoftLayer_Complete_Merger_Report ^ "EV1 GI Partners Announces Completion Of Merger Between SoftLayer and The Planet". News release ( GI Partners). November 10, 2010 . Retrieved August 28, 2011. ^ "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. ^ "Data Center Knowledge - SoftLayer: $78 Million in First Quarter Revenue". . http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2011/05/17/softlayer-78-million-in-first-quarter-revenue/ ^ Rich Miller (July 26, 2011). / "SoftLayer Goes Global With its Network". Data Center Knowledge . Retrieved June 5, 2013. ^ "Digital Realty Signs SoftLayer to Data Centre Lease in Singapore". News release. October 10, 2011 . Retrieved June 5, 2013. ^ "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. ^ "IBM (IBM) to Acquire Public Cloud Provider SoftLayer". Street Insider . Retrieved June 5, 2013. External links [edit ]