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This firm markets and services information handling systems including hardware, software and training services. The company's products also include information processing systems, program products, telecommunication systems and related supplies and services.

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 16 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised the rating for IBM include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 7 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
  • BBB has sufficient background information on this business.

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

7 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 3 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 1
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 1
Problems with Product/Service 5
Total Closed Complaints 7

Additional Information

BBB file opened: January 01, 1968 Business started: 01/01/1911
Type of Entity


Business Management
Ms. Virginia M. Rometty, CEO
Contact Information
Customer Contact: Ms. Pamela Haas, Manager, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs
Principal: Ms. Virginia M. Rometty, CEO
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Alternate Business Names
International Business Machines Corporation

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Complaint Detail(s)

5/19/2014 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: Hello, We closed our account with IBM's SoftLayer division (account #******) a couple years ago after several months of performance that was below SLA levels. However, we have not yet received a refund for months when service was impaired. Please let me know when refunds for four months of service ($111.50/month * 4 months = $446.00) will be issued. Thank you, ****

Desired Settlement: Seeking a refund for months when service was below agreed-to service levels: $111.50/month * 4 months = $446.00

Business Response:

*** ********** partnership with SoftLayer ended on amicable terms 2 years ago. During its tenure with SoftLayer however, the PolariStar, LLC. account experienced numerous 'delinquent' months resulting in disconnection of service as outlined in SoftLayer’s MSA – section 5.1. Further, abuse related issues involving spam and/or DMCA complaints are documented throughout the accounts lifespan. It’s for these reasons that no compensation is due to *** ********.


Our service level agreements (SLA's) were continually met throughout the tenure of the PolariStar, LLC account. In reference to this same document, any breach deemed worthy of such credit has a serviceable lifespan of 7 days. As these claims fail to meet both the timetable and measurable qualities of an SLA credit, the claim should be denied.

Consumer Response: Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID# *******, and have determined that my complaint has NOT been resolved because:


Thank you for this e-mail.

We are deeply disappointed and shocked by SoftLayer's false accusations and assertions.  The "spam" and "DMCA complaints" SoftLayer notes resulted from unauthorized third parties gaining access to the SoftLayer equipment we were renting.  This unauthorized access was achieved due to SoftLayer's failure to secure its network and equipment.  To have SoftLayer compromise customer security in this way -- and then pin the blame on the customers -- is utterly outrageous.

Furthermore, we dispute that accounts were delinquent since SoftLayer always had up-to-date and valid payment info on-file.  Any account standing issues are therefore the result of SoftLayer's billing system.

Under the circumstances, we reiterate our request for a refund as originally submitted.

Thank you,


Business Response: Softlayer has responded to the customer with information regarding the claim.
There is no further action Softlayer can take at this time."

Consumer Response: Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID# *******, and have determined that my complaint has NOT been resolved because:

This a non-response.  Please have SoftLayer address our legitimate concerns, or mark this complaint as one that SoftLayer did not resolve.

Thank you,

BBB's Final Determination: After reviewing the position of all parties, BBB determined that the business made a reasonable effort to address the complaint. However the consumer remains dissatisfied.

5/6/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: Fraudulent data theft (IBM) was a service provider to us for over five years. During that time we spent tens of thousands of dollars on their services. Over a short term billing dispute, they erased both our primary hard drive of data AND backup of well over ten thousand hours of work. This is a dangerous service provider to use-- consider one of their many excellent competitors.

Desired Settlement: All of our payments to this company.

Consumer Response:

I registered fifty plus domain names with the company, and paid for the registrations at the time of making them.
The total expenditure by me and my firms was thousands of dollars for this service.
In spite of the timely payments, they have asserted ownership of those domains and restricted my access to them.
That is a major part of my billing dispute with them.
Other consumers need to be warned because domain names can be valuable.  In fact they can become the heart of your company's online marketing.
Imagine if someone you used to register ownership of unilaterally asserted control over your and thus your online presence and restricted your access to transfer or point that domain the way you wanted, even though you had made payments to them for it for them to act as your representative for five or ten years.
It's a horrific behavior on the part of Softlayer / IBM (previously called Planet prior to IBM's assuming full ownership) and I'm sure partly responsible for their receiving an F rating from BBB prior to my filing this complaint.
Consumers need to be warned about the risk of doing business with them.
I have contacted the company for clarification on their view of their contract with customers so far without a reply.  Deplorable.

Business Response: SoftLayer is a provider of Internet hosting
services.     Dual Eagle LLC (apparently *** *********’s
company) signed up for services with SoftLayer in June 2008.   
In doing so, he agreed to SoftLayer’s Master Services Agreement.   
A copy of that agreement is on file.
SoftLayer collects payment from its customers monthly, in
advance, through an automated charge to the customer’s credit card.  
*** ********* paid for services via his credit card for five and a half
years.   However, when SoftLayer attempted to charge his credit card
for services for January 2014, *** *********’s credit card company would not
process the charge.   From January ** through January **, 2014,
SoftLayer sent daily electronic messages to *** ********* notifying him of the
payment default.   SoftLayer also left a voicemail on the phone
number listed on *** *********’s account on January 13, 2014.  
Despite all these efforts, *** ********* did not respond to SoftLayer, and his
monthly charge was never paid by his credit card company.   Finally,
on January **, 2014, SoftLayer disconnected *** *********’s services due to
non-payment.   In keeping with policy and practice, SoftLayer
reclaimed the computer servers that had been assigned to *** *********’s
account, and erased the contents of those servers.   This was all
done pursuant to the terms of the Master Services Agreement.   
SoftLayer has not “asserted ownership” of *** *********’s
Internet domains.   Those domains are still registered to ***
*********.    As soon as he pays his outstanding balance, his
access to those domains will be restored.

Consumer Response: Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID# *******, and have determined that my complaint has NOT been resolved because:

[Your Answer Here]


Thank you for providing that link to the Master Agreement. 

I see in section in section 16.5 that Softlayer has recently added language that relates to handling of domain names in event of termination.  That language would seem to speak to this complaint.

But the problem still exists that in previous versions of the Master Agreement, including the agreements that were entered into between myself and both Planet and Softlayer, I believe no such section or language existed.  

While Softlayer may now be expressing such language in the Master Agreement, other customers have been confused by rapidly changing policies.  One client wrote on another consumer protection website that, "...this complaint is being filed [because of] my discontent with softlayer's ever changing policies." 

Here is the link to the complaint he filed to show this is not an isolated claim-- but one others are making as well: 


My guess is that there is an entire class of customer who have lost domain names and data that would take issue with losing their data and domain names, who might rightly point out that the company's rapidly changing policies have created an impossible confusion.

Please provide your past versions of that agreement, as well your agreements specifically relating to domain names, so that we can get to the bottom of this issue.

Kind regards.


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Business Response: Softlayer has provided the customer with the information they can use to
remediate this situation as stated previously.  There is no further action
Softlayer can take at this time."

BBB's Final Determination: Business offered a resolution. Consumer did not pursue further with BBB and the matter was assumed to be resolved

11/13/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: Not able to get Production server repaired in a timely matter. We have been trying to get a resolution for a server that keeps hanging since June of 2013. IBM continues to ask for logs, and fails to replace the bad hardware. We have asked IBM repeatedly to send a service tech onsite to replace parts, and they claim to have contacted us, when in fact no one from IBM has contacted us. I have kept a complete history of events including all the tickets & cases that IBM has opened. Previously IBM has replaced cables and controller cards both in our *** and in our server, but the same issue continues to occur (IE the items that have replaced does not resolve the issue). We are not able to use this host in a production environment, and because of that we are unable to move forward on any IT projects involving our environment. This issue has been escalated several times within IBM support, but we seem to get nowhere.

Desired Settlement: We are requesting that either the server is replaced, or all the parts inside are replaced.

Business Response: IBM along with *******/service vendor are working with the customer, on remediation of issues. 

BBB's Final Determination: Business offered a resolution. Consumer did not pursue further with BBB and the matter was assumed to be resolved

12/10/2012 Problems with Product/Service
4/26/2012 Problems with Product/Service
4/7/2012 Guarantee/Warranty Issues
9/14/2011 Problems with Product/Service