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VeriSign® and SoftLayer™ Partnership Brings SSL Protection to Data Center and Web Hosting Customers

Entire Line of VeriSign SSL Solutions, Including EV SSL and GeoTrust® SSL, Now Available to Thousands of SoftLayer Customers

Mountainview, CA—Jul. 15, 2010

A new security partnership between SoftLayerTM Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of global, on-demand data center and hosting services, and VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, will bring the entire line of VeriSign® Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates to thousands of SoftLayer customers. In expanding its security offerings, SoftLayerTMwill also carry Extended Validation (EV) SSL solutions and SSL Certificates from GeoTrust, another VeriSign brand. The alliance enables SoftLayer to deliver VeriSign and GeoTrust® SSL protection to customers of all sizes. To simplify SSL deployment and management for its customers, SoftLayer will integrate SSL security into its innovative management console.

“Businesses of every size need a fully automated SSL solution that delivers complete access, control, security and scalability,” said Tim Callan, vice president of product marketing at VeriSign. “This partnership with SoftLayer enables thousands of businesses to manage a range of SSL protections within the management console they use every day. We’re proud to partner with SoftLayer, and we look forward to delivering world-class security solutions to SoftLayer customers for years to come.”

VeriSign EV SSL Certificates offer a proven safeguard against phishing scams that lure unsuspecting consumers to sites that can appear almost identical to genuine Web pages. Identity thieves use these fraudulent pages to capture credit card numbers, passwords and other valuable personal information. When visiting sites protected by VeriSign EV SSL, Internet users using high security browsers see a green address bar. The green bar tells consumers they have reached a Web site whose authenticity has been certified by VeriSign. An EV SSL Certificate triggers visual cues beyond the green address bar, including a new field that contains the name of the organization that owns the site and in some cases the name of the security provider that issued the certificate.

“Everything SoftLayer does, from hosting to data storage to security, centers on connecting our customers with the best, most reliable technology, and that’s what VeriSign brings to our security portfolio,” said George Karidis, chief strategy officer at SoftLayer. “SSL security is critical to managed hosting and enterprise application hosting. With this range of SSL options – from VeriSign SSL and GeoTrust SSL up to state-of-the-art VeriSign EV SSL protection – our customers can protect themselves and everyone who visits their Web sites or uses their hosted applications. And with VeriSign, that protection comes from the most trusted SSL authority on the Web.”

As the most respected and trusted SSL authority on the Web, VeriSign is the EV SSL Certificate provider of choice for more than 12,000 Internet domain names, representing 74 percent of the entire EV SSL Certificate market worldwide. In fact, over 95 percent of the Fortune 500 and 96 of the world's 100 largest SSL-using banks secure their sites with SSL Certificates from VeriSign. To learn more about VeriSign EV SSL, 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.