Author Archive for Kevin Van Mondfrans

How to Ensure a Smooth Data Center Migration

We know that the word “migration” is enough to make most IT professionals lose sleep, and for good reason. Moving production data and applications to a new data center can be an undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Properly managing a data  and application migration begins with a plan and understanding the needs of your business.

There are two types of data migrations: forced migrations and planned migrations. Obviously, a planned data migration offers more opportunity to strategize your move around hardware lifecycles, development timelines and the needs of your business. Forced, emergency migrations are certainly not as easy, but they can be managed easily if you and your IT staff and resources take the proper steps beforehand to ensure a smooth transition. Here are a few tips to truly prepare for data migration.

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What You Need To Know About Application Performance Management

I have seen a shift in responsibility for overseeing and managing applications. Application monitoring and management is increasingly moving from application architects and developers and into IT operations. Our clients’ IT management folks are expected to be responsible for ensuring application health and performance and therefore are increasingly relying upon Layered Tech to provide management information and dashboard.

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Should You Care About Application Performance Management?

Every customer running revenue-critical business applications should consider adding application performance monitoring and management.  For this reason, we have taken our experience deploying application performance monitoring tools for our customers and released a standard managed solution.  Our new Application Performance Management (APM) service, powered by AppDynamics, offers a “managed with” model in which we integrate APM with our customers’ managed hosting and cloud service. We handle the deployment, configuration, monitoring and assist clients with utilizing the APM solution.

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Up and to the Right: Layered Tech advances in Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner Research logoGartner recently published the 2013 edition of the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting which included Layered Tech. Since our first inclusion in 2010, Layered Tech has significantly increased our ranking and position with respect to completeness of vision and ability to execute. We have consistently moved up and to the right.

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GigaOM Tags Layered Tech for 3 of Top 5 Fastest Cloud Data Centers

GigaOM and CloudSleuth: tracking cloud data center performanceGigaOM, a leading technology news site, recently recognized Layered Tech for leading the big dogs of cloud computing in efficiency and speed. The GigaOM article highlighted Layered Tech’s superior cloud computing performance from our Chicago, Kansas City and Dallas data centers, based on Compuware/CloudSleuth’s Global Provider View. In fact, Layered Tech claimed three of the top five spots among more than 40 US-based cloud data centers competing for this honor of superior performance.

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Data Protection – Not Always a Slam Dunk

It’s March Madness time, one of my favorite times of year. Maybe it’s playing college basketball brackets with friends and co-workers that has me thinking of infrastructure strategy in basketball terms. But anyway, it occurs to me that while backup and recovery isn’t sexy, it is critical — and not always a slam dunk.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Cloud Service Provider

Cloud SecurityQuite often, cloud service providers neglect to make security and compliance of their cloud environments their responsibility. Many service providers leave it to the client to manage their own security. This is not ideal. The client cannot control all elements of the environment and is at a disadvantage.  It is startling to me, that 69% of cloud service providers do not believe that security is their responsibility, and even more, do not offer easy to implement security controls as a service according to the Ponemon Institute in 2011.
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Mixing Clients in the Cloud

The recently announced Layered Tech Cloud Data Center platform extends our experience in delivering secure and compliance solutions to the cloud, without sacrificing business agility. We have operated secure multi-tenant virtualized platforms for many years including our virtual private server (VPS) platform (since 2007) and our Matrix community cloud (since 2009). Now we offer a completely virtualized cloud data center environment with optional PCI and HIPAA compliance service and guarantee.

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Facing the Facts: How to Avoid Cloud Security Risks

Cloud Security RisksDespite increasing adoption in cloud computing, many companies are still hesitant about making the leap to the cloud due to concerns about security. In fact, a recent cloud computing survey revealed that security and compliance are the top inhibitors for cloud adoption.

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Evolving Cloud Services for Changing e-Business Needs

We will shortly launch Layered Tech’s new eBusiness Cloud Services, designed to guarantee compliance and deliver managed security in a range of cloud computing environments. Over the course of developing these new solutions, there were a number of lessons learned that we believe led us to build a better cloud for complex e-business applications. Here are a few we’d like to share:

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