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75% Referral Fees with LT's Affiliate Program

As of March 1st, Layered Tech announced it will now be offering 75% in referral fees to their Affiliate partners through their Hosting Affiliate Program >>

With the economic pressures facing businesses today, everyone is looking for ways to increase profits. So Layered Tech has stepped up to the plate by boosting earning potential. Whether it’s via a link on one -or many- of your web sites, your blog, non-spam emails – even old school referrals via phone, you get paid for helping your contacts make the intelligent choice in hosting: Layered Tech.

AND with Layered Tech’s grid offerings (averaging around $2,500 per month) Affiliates can earn up to $1875 on first month’s MRR (Monthly Recurring Revenue) on new customers.

PLUS with the trend in companies outsourcing their IT infrastructure during tough economic times to stay competitive – even to just stay in business, all conditions are aligned to make significant earnings.

Learn more about Layered Tech’s Hosting Affiliate Program >>

Layered Tech Data Center Tour by Cali Lewis of GeekBrief.TV

Check out this “sneak peak” tour of Layered Tech’s Data Center, hosted by Cali Lewis from Geekbrief.TV

It isn’t typical that someone is allowed to bring a camera into a secure data center. But for Cali Lewis of GeekBrief.TV, John P., the CMO at Layered Tech either broke some rules or pulled some strings – so they could take a tour and bring you along via video. The part that couldn’t be shown was the layers and layers of security they had to go through to get to the server rooms. View Video >>

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Superior Storage & Backup (R1Soft's CDP) Now @ Layered Tech!

Layered Technologies implements Continuous Data Protection (CDP) from R1Soft for Superior Storage and Real-Time Backup

Customers gain more control over backups, increased data reliability, higher security and an affordable disaster recovery solution.  Find out more >>

r1softlogogif1Layered Tech today announced the addition of R1Soft Continuous Data Protection® (CDP) across its entire line of dedicated servers. With R1Soft’s advanced data backup and restoral solution, Layered Tech customers gain near-continuous disk-to-disk data protection and restoration with minimal server performance impact, even on busy servers.  Layered Tech selected R1Soft CDP because of its unique restoral capabilities, which range from restoring single files to full bare-metal restores.

“Protecting critical data is paramount for companies of all sizes, now more than ever, given the sophistication and volume of external threats today,” said Terrance Bush, CIO for Layered Tech. “By expanding our portfolio of services with the CDP solution from R1Soft, Layered Tech is providing enterprise customers with even more peace of mind so they can apply their full focus to managing their business.”

R1Soft CDP uses imaging technology that captures changed disk sectors. By tracking data changes at the disk sector level, backups take seconds to minutes to complete and can occur at anytime with minimal performance impact, even on busy servers. CDP operates with most Linux and Windows operating systems, as well as cPanel and Plesk control panels, and with its Web interface, customers have the option to manage their data backup schedules, define data retention periods and request bare-metal restores.  Learn more >>

“Data is regarded as mission-critical, yet we’ve found that a high percentage of companies don’t have data backup and disaster recovery strategies in place. By adding data backup and restoration capabilities into the services we offer, we can further support our customers’ needs, and we essentially give them a ‘one-stop shop’ to acquire the data services necessary to ensure business continuity,” said Layered Tech CMO John Pozadzides. “With R1Soft’s CDP solutions, Layered Tech customers can be assured their data has the highest integrity during all backups and restoration. No company can afford a loss of data, so we’re very excited to offer an affordable and flexible solution to prevent such situations.”

Layered Tech customers will recognize significant benefits with the addition of R1Soft’s CDP solutions:

Bare-metal restore – should a hard drive or system failure occur, a complete disk image can be restored on another server within minutes and without needing to install the O/S or backup application first;

Uptime – CDP only tracks and backups changed disk sectors instead of entire files, speeding backup time and preventing any reduction in server performance;

Choice – customers can choose from allocated backup storage amounts or a dedicated CDP server;

MySQL backups – restorations down to the individual database and table level are now possible; this allows maximum flexibility for MySQL database administrators and developers at an affordable price.

Learn more >>

NEW: LT-TV Episode 2 ( Server Security )

WELCOME to Layered Tech’s 2nd Episode of LT-TV… “technology edification for the masses”.   This episode covers Server Security… and we all know there’s a lot to learn about keeping our computers and data safe.  (NO, don’t use your last name or birthday as your password.) Check it out TODAY! >>

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Tier1 Reaction to Rapid Deploy Launch

[Article] Layered Tech deploys Astro automation platform; drives bottom line and up-market strategy
Philbert Shih, January 15, 2009
 
“Tier1 Research is a strong believer in the importance of automating operations… But what Layered Tech has done speaks to the importance of taking automation to the next level.”  Read more >>

[ Announcement ] Layered Tech Launches Automated Web Hosting Infrastructure To Streamline Server Selection and Provisioning  Learn more >>

Unmatched Rapid Server Provisioning from Layered Tech

On average, a customer can now point, click and deploy servers within 30 minutes of payment confirmation.

Layered Tech today launched a fully automated Web hosting platform that dramatically accelerates the availability and provisioning of servers for customers and partners alike.

As a result of the company’s tremendous business growth and heavy investments in R&D, this ground-breaking system will transform back-end processes to speed server deployment in a manner unprecedented in the industry today. 

“Developing this completely automated system was a companywide commitment involving significant financial investment and a year of constant effort from our very talented development team,” said Layered Tech CEO Jack Finlayson.  “Layered Tech has focused on making the right investments at the right time, and this effort fits within that strategy.”

The custom-built platform, nicknamed “Astro,” provides nearly instantaneous server provisioning combined with fully automated configuration, pricing, customer notifications, and billing.  Once a server is racked and powered, Astro automatically evaluates the equipment and populates the Layered Tech inventory, making the server immediately available for deployment.  It also gives customers the option of easily bundling DEFCON Managed Services and other add-ons. 

“Our newly revamped system is truly one of a kind.  First we successfully integrated several disparate back-end systems into a single unified platform – something that truly differentiates us in the industry.  Then we fully automated it,” said John Pozadzides, Layered Tech’s CMO.  “As we fully enable all of the servers throughout our network, our clients will reap the benefits of the world’s most advanced hosting infrastructure.”

Starting in February, Astro will also completely integrate with Layered Tech’s newly updated centralized client management portal, Encompass.  Check out the illustration below for a high-level view of this near-real-time server deployment process.  It truly is amazing intelligence!

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Customers can now buy “Rapid Deployment” servers directly through Layered Tech’s Web site  PLUS, a new open API (coming soon!), created by Layered Tech, will allow partners to display inventory and coordinate sales in real-time from their own Web sites. 

For more information and/or for partner inquiries contact 1-866-LT-Hosting (584-6784) or sales@layeredtech.com

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[New] Completely Revamped Customer Portal from Layered Tech

2009 is finally upon us!  And were we ever busy in 2008 here at Layered Tech: millions of dollars invested in upgrading our ERP infrastructure, to thousands of hours spent developing some amazing new customer support tools.   And now in 2009, we’re beginning to roll out these exciting new initiatives, starting with our overhauled customer portal, Encompass.

ENCOMPASS has been our account management portal for over 3 years.  Minor updates have been made during this time; however, only until NOW (with significant investments made) are we able to “blow it out” and take it to the next level.

WELCOME to our first major update which provides:

  • Fully redesigned dashboard for easy navigation
  • Newly enhanced features and functionality
  • Seamless integration to front-end systems
  • Updated user interface for improved usability

  

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Our new Encompass, which will be in beta for 30 days and run in conjunction with our old system, is a fully functioning cousin of our previous account management portal – only much, much better.  Plus, in the coming weeks, it will get even more features and functionality including:

  • Completely customizable dashboard
  • Full integration of new support ticketing system
  • Ability to upgrade servers and services directly via Encompass
  • Improved help guides and support documentation
  • Option to access Encompass via our iPhone account center using just your iPhone or iPod Touch.

All this and more, scheduled for completion in Q1 of 2009.

With that said, we hope you will take the time to explore this new tool in the coming days.  Just visit https://beta-encompass.layeredtech.com (log-in using usual username & password) to check it out.  And please, let us know what you think!

Note: For the next 30 days, our old support ticketing system will only be available via the old version of Encompass. Once the Encompass BETA 30-Day Launch is complete, all will be rolled over to our new system.

[FREE Passes] Calling All Microsoft Developers!

pdcmicrosoftbillgatesjpgOn the road again… Layered Tech is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the MSDN Developer Conference series. We are officially on the road with Microsoft and will be in the following cities in the coming months: Houston, TX (12-9-08 done), Chicago, IL (1-13-09), Dallas, TX (1-26-09) and San Francisco, CA (2-19-09).
 
Come and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Also learn about the latest developments in .NET, Silverlight, Surface, Parallel Programming, Live Mesh, and more. Stop by the Layered Tech booth and check out some of the great show specials! See show details

0808_free_passWith that, you’re invited to join us! 

Request your FREE attendee pass for these events at marketing@layeredtechnologies.com

New Premier Tech-TV Show by Layered Tech

filmstrip_lttvintroscreen150jpg1Lights, Camera, Action!  Announcing Layered Tech’s new premier Tech-TV Show – broadcast via the web.  Covering technology trends in the hosted infrastructure and grid computing space plus cost-saving strategies for the enterprise, these 5-minute news briefs will air on a bi-monthly basis and are hosted by our very own celebrity executive: John Pozadzides.     

filmstripbox_jpintroscreen150jpgA little about our host 
John Pozadzides (also known as John P) has been an influential executive for leading technology companies such as Cable & Wireless, SAVVIS and recently, Layered Tech.  He has talked on a wide range of industry topics including web hosting, grid computing, Internet architecture, security & optimization. From the University of Texas to Harvard Graduate School, John brings with him a wealth of valuable technology and business knowledge. (Did we mention he also produces one of the top blogs on the Internet, One Man’s Blog?)  This is a man worth listening to. 

Check out our first broadcast at:  http://www.layeredtech.com/resources/media-center/

FaceBook Virus Update

terryperkinsbw150jpgWith all the social networking going on today, it is no wonder that viruses are being created to target specific social networking sites.  It is more important than ever to keep your anti-virus software up-to-date.  Here is the latest warning on a FaceBook virus.

          

December 4, Reuters – (International) Destructive Koobface virus turns up on Facebook. Facebook’s 120 million users are being targeted by a virus dubbed “Koobface” that uses the social network’s messaging system to infect PCs, and then tries to gather sensitive information such as credit card numbers. It is the latest attack by hackers increasingly looking to prey on users of social networking sites. Koobface spreads by sending notes to friends of someone whose PC has been infected. The messages, with subject headers like, “You look just awesome in this new movie,” direct recipients to a website where they are asked to download what it claims is an update of Adobe Systems Inc.’s Flash player. If they download the software, users end up with an infected computer, which then takes users to contaminated sites when they try to use search engines from Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Live.com, according McAfee. McAfee warned in a blog entry on Wednesday that its researchers had discovered that Koobface was making the rounds on Facebook. Privately held Facebook has told members to delete contaminated e-mails and has posted directions at www.facebook.com/security on how to clean infected computers. Source:
        
Today, it’s FaceBook… Tomorrow, it will be yet another popular online gathering place.  Update your anti-virus protection routinely. From there, socialize happily and more importantly — safely. ~ Security Chic / Terry Perkins