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March 15, 2010

What Does it Take to Be a Champion?

I have to admit it, I enjoy watching football. Now that the Super Bowl has come and gone, I took a few minutes to reflect on exactly what the Saints had to go through to get to the big ‘W’. Winning isn’t easy, and requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Furthermore, just because you’re crowned the champion once, doesn’t mean that there’s not a team from Dallas fighting to claim that top spot from you (yes, obligatory Cowboys reference). While I’m insanely jealous that my annual salary pales in comparison to what they make, I can certainly see some parallels in what they do and what we do here at SL.

Imagine all the hard work, long hours, sacrifice, pain, and even creativity it took to get to that spot. The championship isn’t given as a concession, and certainly isn’t taken lightly. Likewise, we don’t claim to be the best, just because we think we are. Our support staff works long hours, sacrifices time with family and friends, and works as a team to provide the best support we can. Our Hardware engineers spend entire days on their feet, running around the multiple datacenters, all ensuring that servers are rapidly provisioned and ready for our customers to release into their production environment. Our Inventory crew works tirelessly in order to ensure that we have the parts we need to keep operations moving. Our team at our corporate office is also deserving of the hosting equivalent to the Lombardi trophy. Our Development and IS crew keep the current systems running smoothly, and are always pushing harder for the next big release. There’s also the number of other employees at corporate that keep the show going.

It goes without saying that SoftLayer didn’t become a champion web hosting provider overnight. Our team worked closely together to ensure that our products, support, and initiatives are top notch. We will continue to push the envelope and will continue to be the best. It takes a lot, but we’re up to the challenge ,and have been for quite some time. Luckily for us, we get to hang out in the NOC, and not have high speed collisions with very large individuals.

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