|Headquarters||Dallas, Texas, USA|
|Products||Dedicated Hosting, Managed Services|
|Parent||IBM (since 2013)|
SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. (now IBM Cloud) was a dedicated server, managed hosting, and cloud computing provider, founded in 2005 and acquired by IBM in 2013. SoftLayer initially specialized in hosting workloads for gaming companies and startups, but shifted focus to enterprise workloads after its acquisition.
SoftLayer had bare-metal compute offerings before other large cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services. SoftLayer continued to be considered a leader in bare-metal in 2020, and distinguished itself by providing over 11 million possible custom configurations with the latest IBM, Intel, and AMD CPUs and Nvidia GPUs.
- Year 2005: SoftLayer was established in 2005 by Lance Crosby and several of his ex-coworkers.
- Year 2010 - August: GI Partners acquired a majority equity stake in SoftLayer in August 2010.
- Year 2010 - November: 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.
- Year 2011 - Q1: In Q1 2011, the company reported hosting more than 81,000 servers for more than 26,000 customers in locations throughout the United States.
- Year 2011 - July: In July 2011, the company announced plans for international expansion to Amsterdam and Singapore to add to the existing network of North American-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.
- Year 2013 June 4: 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.
- Year 2015 - May: As of May 2015, the company has 23 data centers in 11 different countries.
- Year 2018: By 2018, SoftLayer was renamed to IBM Cloud.
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