IBM, EMC, And Others Are All Trying To Buy The Same $2 Billion Cloud-Computing Company
Dallas, Texas-based SoftLayer is privately held, with the majority of shares owned by GI Partners . It has reportedly turned down other suitors before, like AT&T.
SoftLayer is a cloud-computing and Web-hosting provider with about 25,000 customers , mostly small and mid-sized customers, making it the world's largest privately held website hoster, Damouni reports.
EMC most likely wants this company to boost its brand new cloud-computing initiative. EMC owns a majority stake in
The purchase of SoftLayer could provide EMC with a ready-made infrastructure to use for Pivotal.
More importantly, one of SoftLayer's big customers is Citrix. Citrix competes with VMware, with both advancing their own architectures for cloud computing.
IBM recently became a champion of
SoftLayer currently uses both OpenStack and CloudStack .
So control of SoftLayer would put the buyer in an interesting position in this complicated competitive dance.
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