IBM says it’s tapping SoftLayer for more of its cloud biz

SUMMARY:Big Blue is moving more of its SaaS applications and SmartCloud workloads over to Softlayer, the cloud player it bought for $2 billion. But skeptics still aren’t sure that IBM “gets” cloud. IBM is starting to consolidate more of its diverse cloud offerings, including itsbusiness role-specific SaaS products, around SoftLayer, the company it bought this summer ...

For SoftLayer customers, IBM buy could bring benefits — or migration to other clouds

  SUMMARY:IBM has big plans following its acquisition of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider SoftLayer, and while the roadmap isn’t clear, the deal could yield benefits for current SoftLayer customers. Customers of cloud provider SoftLayer have mixed impressions of what could lie ahead following IBM’s acquisition of the company. Some of SoftLayer’s 21,000 customers only see good things resulting ...

Why IBM desperately needed to buy SoftLayer

  SUMMARY:Can IBM use SoftLayer as a way to fend off Amazon Web Service incursions? Or is it already too late? IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer is a bid to make the IT giant relevant in a world where Amazon Web Services has come in from left field to snarf up workloads that IBM would very much ...

It’s official: IBM to buy SoftLayer

SUMMARY:SoftLayer and IBM’s legacy SmartCloud will form the basis of a new Global Cloud Services division. In one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, IBM is buying SoftLayer, a respected cloud services provider. This news, evidence that IBM CEO Ginny Rometty is continuing IBM’s M&A legacy, has been some time in coming. In March, Reuters reported ...