Leading provider of cloud computing infrastructure services SoftLayer has been acquired by IBM and will join the computing giant’s SmartCloud division. General Manager James Comfort described the change as:
A marriage of the security, control and reliability of private clouds with the flexibility, economy and speed of a public cloud. The breakthrough capability made possible by the acquisition means that organizations previously reluctant to adopt cloud, can now embrace cloud without compromise.
SoftLayer and clients such as BaseCase can expect to benefit from new synergies in skills and technology, as well as the enhanced investment potential, industry expertise and market reach afforded by IBM. The change of ownership will not affect the service provided by BaseCase to its clients.
IBM has a strong track record of technology acquisitions, with 26 companies being successfully integrated over the past three years. SoftLayer will form the core of IBM’s new cloud services division, as a standalone company in the IBM portfolio. SoftLayer Chief Executive Lance Crosby stated that:
SoftLayer has a strong track record with born-on-the-cloud companies, and our move with IBM will rapidly expand that footprint globally as well as allow us to go deep into the large enterprise market.