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Press Release

SoftLayer® Named Fifth Fastest Growing Company in Dallas

Receives Dallas 100™ Award From SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship

Dallas—November 18, 2010—SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovation leader in on-demand web hosting and data center services, received a 2010 Dallas 100™ Entrepreneur Award from the Caruth Institute for Enterpreneurship on November 17, and was further honored as the fifth fastest growing company in the Dallas area. The institute is part of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.

The Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Awards were created to celebrate entrepreneurship and promote the enterprises currently driving economic growth and innovation. Each year the awards program identifies and analyzes the 100 fastest growing privately held companies in the Dallas Metroplex. The companies are evaluated along a number of criteria, and final awardees must meet requirements including:

  • Be independent, privately held corporations, proprietorships, or partnerships (not subsidiaries or divisions of a parent company) as of May 1, 2010. Must 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

“We are honored to be recognized for leadership among businesses from all sectors of the economy, not just technology,” said George Karidis, SoftLayer Chief Strategy Officer. “Our growth has continued throughout the economic downturn, despite many thinking that the Internet and hosting sectors have cooled. While our competitors maintained the status quo in what has been considered a close to mature market, SoftLayer innovated new approaches and reinvented what hosting should be. Those innovations have given practical advantages to our customers—enterprises of all sizes.”

SoftLayer recently completed a merger with Houston-based The Planet®, creating the largest hosting provider in the world. The newly combined company has more than 76,000 servers under management, with more than 26,000 customers in over 110 countries.

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 www.softlayer.com or call 866.398.7638.

Contact:
James McDowell
+1 214 442 0600
press@softlayer.com