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SoftLayer Significantly Expands Network Footprint

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SoftLayer Technologies, the innovative on-demand data center services provider, has significantly expanded its network through the addition of seven network Points of Presence (PoPs) across the U.S. The extensive buildout is strategically designed to:

  • Greatly improve end user experience
  • Provide direct or shorter connections for lower latency
  • Set a new industry standard in enterprise-grade DNS services
  • Increase control over network challenges including suboptimal routing and DDOS attacks
  • Lower the company's cost of network operations into the future

"This may be the most important investment we have made to date. It's expensive up front, but the future advantages it will bring to our customers and our market position are more than worth it," said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer Chief Executive Officer. "End user experience has become the ultimate measure of everything we do. Throughout the industry, customers have stopped asking 'How can we make this work?' and started asking 'How can it work faster?' This is how."

SoftLayer's network PoPs now include its three geographically diverse data centers and seven additional cities: Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; Washington, D.C.; Dallas, TX; New York City, NY; Denver, CO; San Jose, CA. All 10 sites feature the same network service capabilities such as VPN, DNS, and more.

"As infrastructure, platform, and software as a service (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS) become more and more the norm, we know it's important for our customers to shorten the distance and quicken the path between their end users and the server. That's what these PoPs are doing," said Nathan Day, SoftLayer Chief Technology Officer. "And DNS issues are the top reason for website outages. We want to take that headache off the table forever. DNS should just simply work--it should be an afterthought for our customers."

SoftLayer has also more than doubled its total network capacity from approximately 300Gbps to more than 1,000Gbps (including public and private ports). The company has even more growth planned for the coming months, including a new corporate headquarters and data center scheduled to open in July, and a pending announcement of its first data center outside North America.