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SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.
Founded2005 (2005)
HeadquartersDallas, Texas, USA
Key people
Lance Crosby (Chairman & CEO)
ProductsDedicated Hosting, Managed Services
ParentIBM (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]

By 2018, SoftLayer was renamed to IBM Cloud.[17]


  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. Archived from the original on November 14, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Tech Crunch - Hosting Companies The Planet And SoftLayer Complete Merger".
  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".
  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".
  10. ^ Rich Miller (July 26, 2011). "SoftLayer Goes Global With its Network". 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.
  13. ^ Saba, Jennifer. "IBM to buy website hosting service SoftLayer". Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  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
  17. ^ SoftLayer's new name: IBM Cloud, 2018 [1] IBM, Retrieved 18 January 2019

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