Analyst Report: Impacts of the IBM-SoftLayer deal on the cloud industry


On June 4, 2013, IBM acquired cloud computing infrastructure provider SoftLayer for roughly $2 billion. This report analyzes the deal and discusses how the greater IT ecosystem will be affected and the benefits and challenges IBM now faces. It’s a move many legacy IT giants are making as they respond to the evolving cloud market and the availability of offerings like Amazon Web Services. This acquisition brings IBM the ability to deliver a truly self-service cloud experience to its customers.

This report examines:

  • The benefits of the deal, including SoftLayer’s ease of use and API capabilities
  • How competing vendors like HP and Dell will be affected and what they must do to stay ahead
  • The challenges, including talent and customer retention


Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Introduction: IBM’s climb toward the cloud
  3. The benefits
  4. The competition
  5. Challenges ahead
  6. About Larry Carvalho and Robust Cloud
  7. About GigaOM Research

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