|Headquarters||Dallas, Texas, USA|
|Products||Dedicated Hosting, Managed Services|
|Parent||IBM (since 2013)|
SoftLayer was established in 2005 by Lance Crosby and several of his ex-coworkers. GI Partners acquired a majority equity stake in SoftLayer in August 2010. In November of that year it merged the company with The Planet Internet Services, SoftLayer’s biggest competitor, and consolidated the customer base under the SoftLayer brand.
In Q1 2011, the company reported hosting more than 81,000 servers for more than 26,000 customers in locations throughout the United States.
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.. Most of these data centers were leased via Digital Realty Trust. As of May 2015, the company has 23 data centers in 11 different countries.
On June 4, 2013, IBM announced its acquisition of SoftLayer under undisclosed financial terms, in a deal that according to Reuters could have fetched more than $2 billion, to form an IBM Cloud Services Division. At the time of acquisition, SoftLayer was described as the biggest privately held cloud infrastructure provider (IaaS) in the world.
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