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Press Release

SilverSky Selects SoftLayer, an IBM Company, to Enable Cloud Based Email Security Services

Selection Boosts Security and Availability of Email and Collaboration Services for Businesses Worldwide

Dallas—October 24, 2013—SoftLayer, an IBM Company, today announced that SilverSky, a leading provider of cloud-based information security and messaging solutions, has chosen SoftLayer to help power its cloud-based email and Email Protection Suite offerings. SilverSky’s comprehensive security services, running on SoftLayer's cloud platform and distributed through IBM’s global sales channel, will enable businesses around the world to quickly move email workloads and critical information into the cloud in a secure and cost-effective way.

As a provider of cloud-based information security, secure messaging and collaboration services, SilverSky protects $525 billion in customer assets and handles more than 500 million security events each day. SilverSky’s growing customer base includes 6,700 organizations around the globe in the financial services, retail, healthcare, energy, critical infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

SilverSky chose SoftLayer to serve this dynamic set of customers from a more comprehensive infrastructure platform at a lower cost, with significant improvements in SilverSky’s ability to scale and customize environments as its business needs grow. The SoftLayer platform empowers SilverSky with state-of-the-art disaster recovery services that ensure automated redundancy and immediate recovery times, providing unparalleled availability and reliability for customers, as well as SLAs of 99.999 percent. With data centers worldwide, SoftLayer gives SilverSky greater opportunity to increase its international presence and reach new markets. In addition, with support from IBM sales and distribution channels, SilverSky can also facilitate even more growth, enabling customers to purchase its services directly from IBM or through SilverSky and its other partners.

“As the lifeblood of business, email represents one of the most critical applications in the cloud today. Choosing SoftLayer enables us to speed adoption and growth of our security and messaging solutions by offering them a simple to use, cloud-based model,” said Tim Harvey, CEO of SilverSky. “High availability and uptime is paramount to successful cloud email deployments – and SoftLayer enables us to provide extensive geo-redundancy, instantaneous disaster recovery capabilities, more aggressive service level agreements and a number of Exchange enhancements to our customers.”

A recent independent study commissioned by SilverSky revealed that security decision-makers want to move critical functions, such as email, to the cloud because they expect it will reduce expenditures (67 percent), simplify operations (66 percent) and increase the reliability of business functions (56 percent). However, strong security and privacy concerns continue to inhibit widespread cloud email adoption, far surpassing other barriers. Whether a high-tech start-up with high computational needs for generating content such as video, photos or a small medical clinic that needs to share health records—companies are seeking out new low-touch and low-cost security offerings.

IBM Cloud Computing

IBM has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world with 40,000 industry experts. Since its acquisition in 2013, SoftLayer, an IBM Company,  has served 4,500 new cloud clients. Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a network of 40 data centers worldwide. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives and build a high value cloud portfolio. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more than 5.5M client transactions daily through IBM's public cloud. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/cloud. Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at http://www.thoughtsoncloud.com. Join the conversation #ibmcloud.

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.

SilverSky

SilverSky is the expert provider of cloud security solutions. Born from our success as a managed services provider, our Security-as-a-Service platform delivers cloud-based software and managed services, such as the Email Protection Suite with advanced Data Loss Prevention, the Network Protection Suite, and managed email services, that protect critical information simply and cost effectively. By tirelessly safeguarding our customers' most important information, we enable growth-minded leaders to pursue their business ambitions without security worry. Our growing customer base includes 6,700 organizations in the financial services, retail, healthcare, energy, critical infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. For more information, visit SilverSky.com.

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