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SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.
Industry Hosting
Founded 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, it was acquired by IBM in 2013.


GI Partners acquired a majority equity stake in SoftLayer in August 2010.[2] In November 2010, SoftLayer merged with The Planet Internet Services[3][4][5][6] and consolidated the customer base under the SoftLayer brand.[7] In Q1 2011, the company reported hosting more than 81,000 servers for more than 26,000 customers in locations throughout the United States.[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, Querétaro, Houston and Washington, D.C.[9] Most of these data centers were leased via Digital Realty Trust.[10] As of May 2015, the company has 23 data centers in 11 different countries.[11]

On June 4, 2013, IBM announced its acquisition of SoftLayer, to form an IBM Cloud Services Division.[12][13] At the time of acquisition, Softlayer was described as the biggest privately held cloud infrastructure provider (IaaS) in the world.[14]


  1. ^ "About Us". Company web site. SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "GI Partners and Management Acquire SoftLayer". News release (GI Partners). August 4, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tech Crunch - Hosting Companies The Planet And SoftLayer Complete Merger". 
  4. ^ "SoftLayer and The Planet Complete Merger". Data Center Knowledge blog. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The WHIR - Web Hosts The Planet and SoftLayer Complete Merger: Report". 
  6. ^ "EV1 GI Partners Announces Completion Of Merger Between SoftLayer and The Planet". News release (GI Partners). November 10, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Data Center Knowledge - SoftLayer: $78 Million in First Quarter Revenue". 
  9. ^ Rich Miller (July 26, 2011). / "SoftLayer Goes Global With its Network". Data Center Knowledge. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Digital Realty Signs SoftLayer to Data Centre Lease in Singapore". News release. October 10, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "SoftLayer Data Centers". Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ "IBM (IBM) to Acquire Public Cloud Provider SoftLayer". Street Insider. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ Holland, Maggie (9 October 2014) IBM and SoftLayer: What a difference a year makes ITPro, Retrieved 18 May 2015

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