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SoftLayer Receives Microsoft Gold Partner Certification

Wed, 19th September 2007, 22:00

September 19, 2007, Dallas, TX – SoftLayer announced today that it has attained the highly regarded status of Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, with certified expertise and service in Networking Infrastructure Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Hosting Solutions Specialization and Storage Solutions Specialization. The Microsoft Partner Certification program identifies companies who meet exceptional performance levels when delivering solutions built on Microsoft technology. Gold certification is the program’s highest designation.

“This certification verifies that SoftLayer is committed to excellence,” said Steve Kinman, SoftLayer Customer Service Manager. “It’s exciting for us that Microsoft recognizes we have the talent, drive and dedication for providing the expertise that customers deserve and require.”

To receive certification, partner companies must undergo a comprehensive review by Microsoft to ensure that they meet the software giant’s exacting standards. Microsoft reviews many facets of a partner companies’ performance, including customer references and in-house capabilities, requiring multiple Microsoft Certified Professionals to be on staff. “We’re proud SoftLayer not only meets Microsoft’s Gold partner requirements, but exceeds them,” said Mr. Kinman.

“This certification does more than recognize what we have done well in the past. It advances what we can do for customers from here forward,” said Sam Fleitman, SoftLayer Chief Operations Officer. As a Gold Certified partner, SoftLayer will be among select companies that have the closest working relationship with Microsoft, giving it top-level access to Microsoft resources and support including a Technical Services Coordinator, Microsoft’s exclusive Partner Knowledge Base and more. SoftLayer will also have advanced access to the beta and pilot programs for Microsoft’s newest technologies. “We will be able to raise our service levels even higher, and let our customers try new technologies before some people have even heard of them,” said Mr. Fleitman. “That’s a competitive advantage that we can directly pass along.”

About SoftLayer Technologies

Located in the INFOMART in Dallas, Texas, SoftLayer was formed in June 2005 by a team of industry executives seeking to deliver low cost next generation on-demand hosting services for the small to medium enterprise (SME). Utilizing proprietary software, coupled with the industry's first network-within-a-network topology, the company delivers unprecedented power and control to securely manage IT environments while providing unparalleled scalability.