SoftLayer has partnered with Cloudera to offer its flavor of Apache Hadoop on SoftLayer's bare metal infrastructure. Expanding capabilities among Big Data continues to be a major focus for cloud providers.
The acquisition of SoftLayer by IBM was one of the most noteworthy deals of the last year. SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby provides an update on life as an IBMer. "“IBM is hyperfocused on cloud,” says Crosby.
As IBM closes its acquisition of SoftLayer, the companies outline their synergies and highlight a recent win with a "born on the cloud" customer that represents the constituency IBM hopes to capture with the cloud deal.