Press Release

SoftLayer® Named Fastest Growing Company in Dallas

Company receives Dallas 100TM award from SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship

Dallas—November 17, 2011—SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in cloud, dedicated, and managed hosting solutions, received top honors from the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship taking away a 2011 Dallas 100TM Entrepreneur Award. SoftLayer was recognized as the fastest growing company in the Dallas area. The institute is part of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. Last year, SoftLayer was named the fifth fastest growing company in Dallas, and has since moved into the first place spot for 2011.

The Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Awards celebrate and promote businesses currently driving economic growth and innovation. The award winners are chosen on various criteria including increased revenue growth, percentage of growth and absolute dollar growth over three years preceding the event.

“We’re honored to be named first on a list that incorporates not only technology companies, but enterprises from every area of business,” said Lance Crosby, CEO for SoftLayer. “This has been a banner year for SoftLayer, both in terms of customer adoption and revenue growth. We’ve expanded internationally, and we continue to innovate our industry by making technology more accessible and easier to manage while improving the bottom line.”

Each year the awards program identifies and analyzes the 100 fastest growing privately held companies in the Dallas Metroplex. Companies are evaluated along a number of criteria and must meet requirements including:

  • Be an independent, privately held corporation, proprietorships or partnerships (not subsidiaries or divisions of a parent company) as of May 1, 2010.
  • Have at least three years history and not be a non-profit organization.
  • Be headquartered in the Dallas Metroplex area.
  • Have sales of more than $500,000, but less than $75 million in fiscal year 2007.
  • Have a three-year sales history, which reflects growth during the three-year sales period.
  • Have a credit report and character satisfactory to the Dallas 100.

SoftLayer is one of the largest, privately held hosting provider in the world and recently expanded internationally, opening two new data centers in Asia-Pacific (via Singapore) and Europe (via Amsterdam). The company currently has 100,000 servers under management and more than 23,000 customers in more than 140 countries.

SoftLayer, an IBM Company

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. With 100,000 devices under management, 13 data centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe and a global footprint of network points of presence, SoftLayer provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service to leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises. SoftLayer’s modular architecture provides unparalleled performance and control, with a full-featured API and sophisticated automation controlling a flexible unified platform that seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices, and a worldwide network for secure, low-latency communications. For more information, please visit softlayer.com.

Contact:
Andre Fuochi
Director, Corporate Communications
469.394.7274
afuochi@softlayer.com