I also heard this from several people in the investment industry.
Speculation around hostingcon is that they will be combined and positioned for an IPO - but that softlayer will be the lead on it since they are growing and theplanet apparently from what I have heard from multiple sources is not for all practical purposes.
I agree, less competition between this two monster.
Sucks for more reasons than that. ThePlanet was one of the first huge dedi companies, and they've never been on the same level as Softlayer, exactly why Lance et al branched out to start it. They never truly competed; monthlies with Softlayer are going to run you 10-50% more, and they have a far better service reputation.
No, 100TB will certainly not be affected, nor will it be "just fine because both are great companies". Even if that was true and they were on the same service level, it's probably going to involve some frustration for a lot of customers. I'd imagine those hosted at SL are going to come out worse in all this.
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Originally Posted by Creed3020
I am certainly not too excited about this, I hope this doesn't cause SL to get dragged down into the pit that is TP.