7 Things IBM Must Address At PartnerWorld

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How Can Partners Get Strategic With SoftLayer?

IBM bought cloud platform company SoftLayer for $2 billion in July, and last month saw the sun set on IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise cloud platform. Partners say IBM must quell partner angst over plans to integrate the cloud platform into Big Blue's larger portfolio of services and at the same time ease concern over the abrupt shutdown of SmartCloud.

Some partners tell CRN that their SmartCloud customers aren't happy about having to move to SoftLayer. They say even if they are moving to a better cloud, moving costs time and money.

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