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IBM’s Crosby Drafted to Speed Latecomer’s Shift to Cloud

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IBM has never been under more pressure to remake itself into a provider of cloud computing. Now the question is: Can newcomer Lance Crosby speed the transition?

Crosby joined International Business Machines Corp. last year when it paid $2 billion for SoftLayer Technologies Inc., which he founded. The Dallas-based startup helps companies outsource computing tasks to off-site data centers, in what’s known as the cloud.