Author Archive: Johnathan Jones

January 29, 2009

The “Non-existent Unicorn” that was Softlayer

We all know that unicorns aren’t real; they are just the figment of someone’s imagination. Just like Michael Jordan’s basketball career started in his imagination, that’s how Softlayer started – in the imagination of ten guys. (I prefer hockey, but basketball fit this analogy better.)

It was weird watching when Softlayer first started up. It was just these ten guys working at Mr. Charnock ’s house. And then, slowly but surely, the company started growing. Once it started, it didn’t stop. In fact, it still hasn’t! (With the economy so bad that’s a miracle.)

Andrew was the first to join. Then came Jacob. The twelve guys moved in to an office space and bought the hardware to start selling servers. Even more people joined. Then Softlayer got its first customers and started to make money. All the hard work was starting to pay off. Now Softlayer’s office is huge. They have really cool data centers in Washington, D.C., Seattle and Dallas. (I’ve gotten to go inside the ones in Dallas and Seattle.)

Now Softlayer is one of the fastest growing web-hosting companies in the world, and like I said, it is still growing.

Now the “Unicorn” is Real.

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March 18, 2008

The Children Speak

My name is Jonathan. I’m 10 years old and I play hockey.

My dad is the CFO for SoftLayer. At first I had no idea what my dad did. Now I think it’s cool how he works for a company that sells servers to people who can use them all over the world.

I have been to the datacenter in Dallas and my dad took me to see the one in Seattle on our way back from a hockey tournament. I think it’s cool how people get the Internet on a server that’s 2 feet long. All the power in it is amazing!

One day I am going to be a mechanical engineer. I’ll design server racks and datacenters for SoftLayer that will be more efficient and eco-friendly to help the environment. They will hold more servers so they can sell more and make more money.

One day I hope SoftLayer will grow so big that everyone will have access to a SoftLayer server.

Lance said if I wrote in my blog that he was the greatest CEO ever, he would give me $50. Lance, you are the greatest CEO ever. Fork over the dough.

-Jonathan Jones

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