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Dallas, Texas – (The Hosting News) – May 19, 2009 – Virtual data center services firm, Softlayer Technologies, has been approved as a partner in the Microsoft Hosting BizSpark Program, to provide qualifying startup companies with value pricing on Microsoft development software and tools.

George Karidis, Chief Strategy Officer for SoftLayer remarked, ”We are excited to be involved in the BizSpark program. It extends our startup customers important advantages, dynamic platforms, and strong connections at a critical point in their business development. We have long partnered with Microsoft to offer the latest software to our customers. And now BizSpark will let us do even more to foster the companies that will be tomorrow’s solutions leaders.”

BizSpark is a global program designed to equip emerging, high-potential startups with entrepreneurial and technological resources that can accelerate their early growth and success. Qualified startups receive a wide range of benefits including:

Fast and easy access to full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and server product production licenses to help develop and bring innovative solutions to market.
Access to Microsoft Network Partners around the world, including incubators, investors, advisors, and government agencies focused on software-fueled innovation and entrepreneurship.
Global visibility to potential investors, clients, peers, and partners.

The requirements for startups to participate in the BizSpark program are relatively minimal. Chief among them, eligible organizations must be privately held companies that are developing a software-based product or service.
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SoftLayer delivers on-demand virtual data center services on a global basis from facilities located in Dallas, TX; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. SoftLayer integrates all facets of IT to innovate industry-leading solutions that are fully automated. This empowers customers with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management for their IT environment.

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