How does IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer impact the cloud industry?

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Big news for CIOs and the cloud industry as IBM dished out a '$2 billion reality check' to purchase the cloud computing company SoftLayer. Many experts feel this is a huge indicator that IBM plans to become a major player in the public cloud provider game (a' la Amazon). How do you think IBM's acquisition of SoftLayer will impact the cloud industry?

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