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Press Release

SoftLayerTM Positioned in the Niche Players Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Web Hosting and Cloud Infrastructure Services

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

Dallas—July 7, 2009—SoftLayer TechnologiesTM today announced that it has been listed in the "Niche Players" quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for "Web Hosting and Cloud Infrastructure Services (On-Demand)" released July 2, 2009, written by Gartner analysts Lydia Leong and Ted Chamberlain.

"In my opinion, being evaluated in this report is proof that our unique approach is redefining hosting," said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer. "Of course, our greatest pride and core goal is to provide solutions and scalability that make an impact on our customers’ business. But to me, being in the Magic Quadrant shows that we’re making a difference throughout the industry."

SoftLayer has consistently built an effective solution through the complete integration of multiple IT environments —both in-house and outsourced—through a common management console and provisioning system. The firm has established a record of innovation and thought leadership that includes multiple industry firsts: Private Network for managing servers; fully featured and integrated portal; and a standards oriented and fully featured API. Most recently, SoftLayer launched a set of cloud services that include:

  • CDN
  • Storage
  • Computing

All of these are available as standalone services (i.e. no dedicated server required) as well as being fully integrated with all other SoftLayer offerings. SoftLayer Also offers hourly billing for its CloudLayer Computing platform, which is available across all SoftLayer data centers.

Each company in the Magic Quadrant was evaluated on its completeness of vision and ability to execute within five use cases: self-managed hosting, mainstream-managed hosting, highly complex managed hosting, global solutions portfolio, and enterprise applications hosting. "We truly are a different breed. Our on-demand data services provide far more than hosting, and our commitment to fully automated solutions and complete customer access and control really moves us out of either the 'managed' or 'unmanaged' categories," said George Karidis, SoftLayer Chief Strategy Officer. "With each offering we introduce, we’re not just extending our portfolio—we’re transforming how those services are provided. And I’m excited about the new ideas we have on the way."


About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted July 2, 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About SoftLayer Technologies

Headquartered in Dallas, SoftLayer is the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, and the largest private hosting company in the world. SoftLayer provides cloud, dedicated, and seamlessly integrated computing environments, with world-class data centers in Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and network Points of Presence nationwide. The company integrates and automates all elements of its platform, empowering enterprises of any size with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management via a leading Customer Portal and Open API. For more information, please visit or call 866.398.7638.

Nathan Huey

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