It’s been just a year after its acquisition; SoftLayer has become the galvanizing force behind IBM's rapid acceleration to cloud leadership. In July 2013, IBM bought SoftLayer for $2 billion and has continued to invest considerably in its cloud portfolio. Clients from all over the world are moving to the IBM Cloud, with thousands of new clients migrating to SoftLayer in the past year alone. Over the last 12 months, SoftLayer has gained 6,000 new customers.
In addition to new clients, more than 1,000 business partners have signed on to offer their services on SoftLayer. Organizations embracing SoftLayer range from leading global players such as Avnet, Arrow Electronics and Ingram Micro, to cloud-based services and solution providers like Mirantis, Assimil8, Silverstring, Clipcard, SilverSky, and Cnetric Enterprise Solutions. Large U.S. enterprise buyers (with more than 1,000 employees), ranked IBM as their top choice of service providers that they believe would be most effective in delivering IaaS for private and/or public clouds.
Also in IBM’s new cloud offerings designed to tackle big data, SoftLayer will play a key role in delivering IBM's rich data and analytics portfolio to clients faster, more effectively and efficiently. One of the most recent innovations include - Codename Elastic Storage is a new software-defined storage-as-a-service offering built on SoftLayer. It provides organizations with high-speed access to large volumes of data and seamless data management between their on-premises infrastructure and the cloud. We will discuss in detail about this unique offering in our next space.
“In its first year, SoftLayer has proven to be a pivotal acquisition for IBM Cloud," said Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services. "SoftLayer has quickly become the foundation of IBM's cloud portfolio anchoring our infrastructure, platform and software-as-a-service offerings and transforming the fortunes of many industry companies from Web start-ups to established enterprises looking for the speed, flexibility and security. Of all the options for public or private clouds in the market, IBM Cloud with all of its resources, assets and expertise is the logical choice for a world where the volume and complexity of data-rich workloads grows exponentially every day," according to Erich Clementi.
Since the $2 billion acquisition of SoftLayer a last year, IBM has continued to invest in building SoftLayer the foundation of its cloud portfolio. These investments include:
For more information, visit ibm.com/softlayer or follow @IBMcloud or @IBMSDE on Twitter. Also do not forget to join us at Google+ Hangout today, July 17 at 2 p.m. ET as we discuss how SoftLayer has helped to evolve the IBM Cloud portfolio, and what’s in store for the next year and beyond. Look forward to your participation!
IBM Systems & Technology Group