In what has been described as a bold move last week, IBM announced the intent to acquire SoftLayer Technologies, a fast growing global Cloud provider. SoftLayer focusses on medium sized companies, a market that historically IBM has struggled to penetrate. SoftLayer brings a range of technologies that complement IBM’s offerings in the cloud space, as well as a flexible approach to provisioning cloud that allows customers to have dedicated hardware alongside virtual instances. We are very excited by the prospect of adding SoftLayer capabilities to our portfolio.
The cloud includes services, servers, data, infrastructure, operating systems, middleware, firewalls, and security – anything that is in a private or corporate IT department. Cloud allows companies to host their environment somewhere other than their own building or data center. Compliance and security are also available in the cloud model. Today’s IT environment is continuously evolving – to meet business needs, models and technologies. The move from capital expense to operating expense is also a key business directive, as is reputational management. 100% uptime, fantastic customer service, the highest skills available, are all the expected and not the exception anymore….