IBM or EMC to Buy SoftLayer?

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(The Hosting News) – Web hosting provider SoftLayer could be scooped up by a major player in the tech arena.

According to a Reuters report Thursday, companies including IBM and EMC are both in the mix to acquire the company.

AT&T was originally thought to be in the running for the buy as well. However, they’re said to no longer be in the talks as Morgan Stanley and Credit Suissie operate the sales bidding for SoftLayer.

SoftLayer’s solutions include dedicated, cloud computing (CloudLayer), backup, monitoring and more.

It wouldn’t be the first time a primary player in tech has moved to expand its cloud portfolio via the acquisition. Just earlier this month, Microsoft added cloud startup MetricsHub.

In February, the web host announced the achievement of SOC 2 Certification across its global footprint. At the time, SoftLayer Director of Compliance Val Stinson stated, “With our successful completion of testing, we’re able to provide our customers with greater insights into our controls, procedures and systems for our entire portfolio of cloud based services. To date, approximately 100 customers have requested our SOC 2 Type II report as a part of their compliance efforts.”

SoftLayer operates in data centers in Amsterdam, Singapore, Washington, Seattle, Dallas, Houston and more.

IBM or EMC to Buy SoftLayer?

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