SoftLayer says the expansion will bring its total network capacity to 1,000 Gigabits per second. The investment signals the importance of network performance and latency as the demand for video, cloud computing and mobile apps grows, says Data Center Knowledge. The investment will go a long way toward providing SoftLayer's 5,700 customers with a much faster network. SoftLayer CEO, Lance Crosby noted the significant upfront investment will be well worth it, saying:
End user experience has become the ultimate measure of everything we do. Throughout the industry, customers have stopped asking ‘How can we make this work?' and started asking ‘How can it work faster?' This is how.