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SoftLayer™ Joins Microsoft Hosting BizSpark™ Program

Offers Valuable Cost Savings and Support for Qualified Startup Companies

Dallas—Jul. 15, 2010

SoftLayerTM Technologies has been approved as a partner in the Microsoft® Hosting BizSparkTM Program. As a BizSpark partner, SoftLayer can now provide qualifying startup companies with value pricing on Microsoft development software and tools.

BizSpark is a global program designed to equip emerging, high-potential startups with entrepreneurial and technological resources that can accelerate their early growth and success. Qualified startups receive a wide range of benefits including:

  • Fast and easy access to full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and server product production licenses to help develop and bring innovative solutions to market.
  • Access to Microsoft Network Partners around the world, including incubators, investors, advisors, and government agencies focused on software-fueled innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Global visibility to potential investors, clients, peers, and partners.

“We are excited to be involved in the BizSpark program. It extends our startup customers important advantages, dynamic platforms, and strong connections at a critical point in their business development,” said George Karidis, Chief Strategy Officer for SoftLayer. “We have long partnered with Microsoft to offer the latest software to our customers. And now BizSpark will let us do even more to foster the companies that will be tomorrow’s solutions leaders.”

The requirements for startups to participate in the BizSpark program are relatively minimal. Chief among them, eligible organizations must be privately held companies that are developing a software-based product or service. For more information and a complete list of eligibility qualifications, visit

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.