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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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Company executives speaking in multiple sessions
PLANO, TX – July 15, 2008 – Layered Tech, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of on-demand IT infrastructure, announced today that they will participate at HostingCon 2008, the premier conference and tradeshow for the hosted services industry. Layered Tech will be a Gold Sponsor for the event, as well as have executives, John Pozadzides and Aaron Phillips, participating in two different speaking sessions. HostingCon 2008 will take place July 28-30 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. All HostingCon attendees are invited to Layered Tech’s booth (booth #301).
“We are very pleased to be participating at Hosting Con,” said John Pozadzides, Vice President and CMO, Layered Tech. “It’s a great event that brings together the best and brightest from the industry to learn about the latest news, ideas and technologies affecting the industry, and ultimately their businesses.”
During the conference, Layered Tech will have two speaking engagements. Aaron Phillips, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, will be participating in a marketing panel discussion, where he will be joined by moderator Brett Tabke, CEO, WebmasterWorld.com; and fellow panelists Amy Armitage, Director of Business Development, Lunarpages Web Hosting; Ben Fisher, Vice President, TechPad Agency, LLC.; Hartland Ross, President, eBridge Marketing Solutions Inc.; and Derek Vaughan, VP Marketing, HostMySite.com. The panel will take place Monday, July 28 from 9:00-11:00 a.m., and will be fielding audience questions regarding online and offline marketing, branding, SEO and SEM, and social media marketing.
John Pozadzides will have his own speaking presentation titled, “Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining.” The presentation will take place Wednesday, July 30 from 8:30-9:15 a.m., and will examine how cloud computing, grid computing, and virtualization are changing the hosting industry. Topics also include challenges and solutions to market adoption of cloud computing.
“One of the goals of this event is to provide a forum to explore the key trends and issues that are shaping the hosted services industry today and into the future,” said George Roberts IV, President and CEO, Interjuncture Corp., producers of the HostingCon conference and tradeshow series. “Having industry leaders, such as Layered Tech, participating is well aligned with that goal and the overall theme of this executive conference.”
Layered Tech recently acquired FastServers.Net, a leading Chicago-based managed hosting company. The acquisition combined the expertise of FastServers.Net in managed dedicated hosting with Layered Tech’s leading virtualization and on-demand IT infrastructure offerings. 2008 marks the fourth year of attendance for Fastservers.Net at HostingCon.
HostingCon is the definitive conference and tradeshow for the hosted services industry. Hosted services professionals around the world gather to learn more about the industry, network with their peers and vendors, and help grow their business. HostingCon is produced by Interjuncture Corp., a Crystal Lake, Illinois-based producer of technology-related tradeshows, conferences and events.
For additional information on HostingCon 2008, please visit http://www.hostingcon.com/.
For additional information on Layered Tech, please visit http://www.layeredtech.com.
Recently, Layered Technologies announced that the company became the first hosting provider to launch dedicated servers running Microsoft Windows 2008 and Hyper-V. In this exclusive interview, we talk to Mr. Todd Abrams, COO & President of the company, about the challenges and promises of virtualization technology. Read actual article >>
HostReview: Layered Technologies’ Hyper-V dedicated server offerings are most likely meant for professionals. Nevertheless, how would you explain the benefits of LT’s Windows Server 2008 based virtualization solutions to a less tech-savvy audience?
Todd Abrams: I’ve seen a lot of people overcomplicate the concepts behind virtualization. This seems to make those of us who are less technical shy away from experimenting with the technology. But the reality is that virtualization actually simplifies installation and management of operating systems and applications.
One example of how virtualization could make life easier comes in the form of pre-packaged applications. Let’s say a business wanted to use the popular SugarCRM application. Instead of having to install an operating system, install the application, optimize both, and secure them, one could simply download a virtual machine created by a SugarCRM expert and run it instantly.
Indeed, once a server has been virtualized, it has a number of capabilities that were simply not present previously:
•Snapshots and backups
•Instantaneous provisioning of Virtual Machines
•Easy migration and upgrade paths
•Simplified management of multiple machines
Why did you choose Hyper-V? Did you initially consider similar open source technologies?
Microsoft and Layered Tech have a long-standing relationship. In addition to supporting many Microsoft operating systems and applications we are strong believers in the future of data center virtualization. From this perspective supporting Hyper-V is a necessity.
In addition to working with Microsoft, Layered Tech also has experience with supporting other major virtualization offerings from 3Tera, VMware, Xen, and Parallels.
What did being the first hosting company to implement Hyper-V involve? How long were the planning and implementation phases, and did you work with Microsoft experts on this?
Hyper-V was implemented in essentially the same manner as any new product roll out. However, Layered Tech’s extensive experience in supporting virtualized environments, including our Grid computing platform, enabled us to move much more quickly than other hosting providers.
We worked very closely with the Microsoft team in all aspects of the roll out including training, implementation and product development.
What kinds of clients are you targeting with the new Hyper-V offerings?
We believe Hyper-V will be particularly attractive for Enterprise level clients with a large investment in equipment powered by Microsoft operating systems. Hyper-V fills a gap for clients who previously found competing products either too expensive on a per VM basis, or too unsupported for serious investment.
About: Todd Abrams, COO & President
Todd leads the Layered Technologies team and oversees daily operations. Prior to founding Layered Technologies, he served as CEO and founder of FX-Directors Solutions, a leading technology services company in the funeral services industry. At FX Directors Solutions, Todd worked to build a solid technology and financial foundation that was acquired to form Aldor Solutions in late 2003. Previously, Todd served as Vice President of North American Operations for EDGE Technologies, a large wholesale computer component and white box system distributor. While at EDGE, Todd built the North American Operations and grew sales from $2 million to over $110 million within 2 years, while also establishing 8 U.S satellite locations. Earlier in his career, he worked for EDGE Internet Services Australia (EISA), an ISP that was publicly traded on the Australian Exchange. EISA aggressively grew in the US market by acquiring other ISP’s across North America.
As the first hosting provider to launch dedicated servers running Microsoft Windows 2008 and Hyper-V, businesses now have the ability to leverage the benefits of virtualization on this highly anticipated Microsoft platform
LAS VEGAS, NV: LT PACT CONFERENCE [June 25, 2008] – Layered Technologies, a leading worldwide provider of “on-demand” IT infrastructure, announces today at the third annual LT PACT conference their second major product release this June. Working in direct conjunction with Microsoft, Layered Technologies is the first hosting provider to launch Hyper-V. Hyper-V, previously codenamed Viridian, is a hypervisor-based technology that is a key feature of Windows Server 2008, and allows virtualization of multiple operating systems (including Windows and Linux) all on the same server. It provides a scalable, reliable, and highly available virtualization platform.
“We are excited to be a part of Microsoft’s ongoing effort to provide customers and partners with the best operating system platform for virtualization,” said Jack Finlayson, Chief Executive Officer of Layered Technologies. “We worked closely with Microsoft to be the first hosting providers to rapidly deploy this technology. In bringing virtualization to the market, we are looking to help businesses consolidate resources, reduce support costs, and decrease operations expenses.”
Layered Technologies will provide Microsoft Hyper-V GoLive Beta Program and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) members with dependable dedicated servers in an on-demand, hosted environment. As a member of the MSDN community or a GoLive Partner, customers will receive an exclusive monthly discount on the Microsoft Hyper-V-enabled hosting packages >>
Layered Technologies’ aggressive goal in being first in the market to offer this technology also includes a managed service offering on the Hyper-V product once it is officially released out of beta (currently scheduled for September 2008). Enabling developers and organizations to utilize virtualization, coupled with managed services, will provide a solution that will mold to any skill set. This dedicated management services offering, DEFCON Managed Services, will include 24×7 monitoring, technical support, security updates, and expert system administration of virtualization server engineers.
“The mainstream acceptance of virtualization provides a new level of sought-after features for administrators,” said Aaron Phillips, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Layered Technologies. “As the technology has matured, a hosted virtualization offering through our relationship with Microsoft was a natural progression.”
In addition to launching Hyper-V-based dedicated servers, Layered Technologies also plans to make available Hyper-V-based VPS (virtual private servers) within the next two weeks.
Current customers that are interested in the Hyper-V offering from Layered Technologies can visit http://www.layeredtech.com/dedicated-servers/ms-hyper-v.php or email: email@example.com.
For additional information on Layered Technologies, please visit www.layeredtechnologies.com.
Investment in provider of “on demand” IT infrastructure is led by Enhanced Equity Fund, LP and Pangloss International
Plano, TX (March 11, 2008) – Layered Technologies, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of “on demand” IT infrastructure, today announces the completion of an investment round of $11 million, led by US private equity firm Enhanced Equity Fund, LP (EEF) and the founding investor, Pangloss International.
“We are proud to support Layered Tech’s continued growth in the fast moving hosting services market,” said David Howe, Managing General Partner for Enhanced Equity Fund. “We see great potential for Layered Technologies to play a key role in shaping the future of grid computing and virtualized services within the hosting marketplace.”
With clients in over 120 countries, Layered Technologies’ custom technology solutions allow both large and small customers to rapidly deploy on-demand hosting and utility computing services, providing all the controls of colocation without the start up costs, capital investments, long term contracts and associated challenges. By partnering with Layered Technologies, companies are able to achieve ROI quickly via reduced capital investment, total cost of ownership (TCO), labor reduction, training, and floor space. Layered Technologies can have a company up and running in days versus months.
The new cash investment will provide Layered Technologies with working capital to expand on current successes, develop new products, and accelerate sales and marketing efforts within new enterprise markets.
“The continued growth of our long standing relationship with Pangloss and the expansion of the EEF investment demonstrates the faith our investors place in Layered Technologies’ future,” said Jack Finlayson, CEO of Layered Technologies. “In the last 90 days, Layered Tech has added significant resources to our sales and marketing, development, and service delivery efforts. We expect the remainder of 2008 to be characterized by aggressive market expansion, new product introductions, and overall growth.”
For additional information on Layered Technologies, please visit www.layeredtechnologies.com.
Affiliates referring new customers earn 30% commission, with potential to earn thousands per sale
Plano, TX (February 27, 2008) – Layered Technologies, a leading worldwide provider of “on demand” IT infrastructure, announces today their new Affiliate Program which provides partners with unlimited earning potential. All of Layered Technologies’ offerings, from traditional hosting packages to true Grid-cluster computing solutions (which are simple to use and easy to scale as business demands grow) are eligible for commissions under the new program.
Layered Technologies’ Affiliate Program provides partners with a significant earning opportunity. When an affiliate partner refers a new customer via a Web link, they will receive a one-time 30% commission based on the new customer’s monthly recurring revenue. With Layered Technologies’ grid solutions routinely costing $4,000 or more, affiliates have the ability to earn in excess of $1,200 per order with no cap on earnings.
Unlike competing programs, Layered Technologies offers full sales support for its Affiliate Program, including Live Chat and Phone-based support with a professional sales staff. All back-end tracking and management technology is provided by Shareasale.com, a leading affiliate management solution.
“Our Affiliate Program is designed to reward clients for their valued referrals, as well as to welcome new partners who wish to ensure Web visitors will be treated professionally by the most capable hosting provider in the industry,” said John Pozadzides, CMO of Layered Technologies. “We believe the combination of commissions and close sales support offers earning opportunities greater than any other program in the industry.”
Registration for Layered Technologies’ Affiliate Program is simple. Affiliates can register at: http://www.layeredtech.com/affiliates.php by selecting the “Join NOW” link. Affiliates will be directed through a simple 5 step sign – up process that will enable affiliates to begin earning commission payments from their Web site within minutes. The company has also pledged to work with partners to produce customized affiliate banners that blend effectively into a variety of Web sites.
For additional information on Layered Technologies, please visit www.layeredtechnologies.com >>
Article by Justin Lee, theWHIR.com
January 29, 2007 — (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Conferences and exhibitions play a significant role in the hosting industry, helping companies to broaden their market reach and potentially draw in new customers and partners. But like some other areas of the industry, the market has become saturated with dozens of conferences and exhibitions being held each year, including giants like HostingCon and ISPCON, a challenge for the operators of smaller events.
For two years, utility hosting services provider Layered Technologies has worked to distinguish LT PACT event as an important consideration among hosting related events. Though it is held by a hosting company, LT PACT is not strictly self-serving, but is designed to benefit its attendees and the presenting companies within the context of the environment of Layered Tech’s customers and partners, says president and COO Todd Abrams.
“It’s not directly a sales objective for Layered Tech,” says Abrams. “It’s really about broadening the overall knowledge base of the people there, as well as experts of the industry that our clients and partners don’t really get to talk with.”
Returning to Las Vegas, Nevada’s Caesars Palace Resort from June 25 to 27, LT PACT 2008 will offer presentations from industry analysts, key industry players, Web hosts and other leaders, discussing issues that are pertinent to the industry. The conference, now in its third year, will provide attendees with further industry insights, the ability to interact with new products in workshops and ways to boost their revenue with improved business practices. Read on >>
Learn more about LT PACT 2008 >>
When browsing through Layered Technologies’ offerings, you’ll see a lot of reference to Dual this and Dual that… but what does it all mean? Below summarizes what you need to know. Let’s start with terminology.
- Dual Processors means there are 2 physical processors in the machine.
- Dual Core means there is 1 physical processor with 2 cores in it. (You can do the math for Quad Core and Quad Processor… more on this later.)
Now that we know the physical difference between the two, let’s get into some specifics. Primarily these systems are built to perform in the same light. Multitasking is multitasking, but there are some underlying effects for both.
- Dual Processor has RAM and cache space setup for each processor, so if you have a process running on Processor 1, it’s only getting the RAM of Processor 1. However, if you have your resources beefed up it doesn’t matter, and your system will run more efficiently because the processes are split between processors and not cores (less burnout).
- Dual Core machines are the new light for small business owners, as they are slightly cheaper and provide pretty much the same thing. The major drawback to Dual Core is your putting the stress of the entire system on one physical CPU, which can be pretty tasking for a little chip. However, a multi-core system has the ability to handle multiple threads separately yet simultaneously. This makes multi-core systems perfect for multi-threaded applications.
Don’t get me wrong, any of these problems can be remedied by ensuring you have the proper amount of RAM, and you put some time into task scheduling. Both setups are capable of doing the same things, but its how you configure your system to run efficiently that matters. That can be on a Dual Processor or a Dual Core.
Benchmarks: According to the benchmarks run on the AMD Athlon 4400 Dual Core, the AMD Opteron 248 Dual Processor, the Intel Pentium D 830 Dual Core, and the Intel Xeon 3.0 Dual Processor they all run at very comparable standards. AMD had better resource efficiency, and Intel had better processing power (surprise, surprise). The overall winner of the tests was the Pentium D, but with a little research you will see that the difference is minimal, and you should really just look at your setup and figure out what configuration would fit best.
Have more questions? Comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to private racks you want to make sure to plan ahead. If you have 6U worth of equipment now, you will want to get a larger rack unless you plan to NEVER grow, and who does that? Our private rack offerings start at ¼ for 6U worth of space, and grow from there to ½ rack with 12U, and full rack with 24U.
“How will I know what I need?”
First off, you must develop a plan for your infrastructure. I realize planning for 3 years in advance is not easy, but keep in mind the immediate future at least. Below I will cover a few situations to give you an idea of how you should start.
- If you have 1-4 servers with no infrastructure then a ¼ rack will suffice, because you have at least 2 more slots for growth.
- If you have 2-4 servers with at least 1 piece of infrastructure (firewall or load balancer) you should probably go for the ½ rack to plan for expansion. This will give you plenty of room for expansion, as with this type of setup quick expansion is typical.
- If you have 6-10 servers with no infrastructure then a ½ rack will suffice.
- If you have 6-10 servers with infrastructure a full rack is the way to go.
- From here, we get into the big stuff. Typically at this point you can foresee your growth, and you can plan accordingly. If you need a full rack get one! Don’t try to stuff everything into a ½ rack to save some money. You will lose out a lot more in the long run. Migration fees, relocation downtime, IP changes, and other issues that come with having to move for growth cost a lot more than the upgrade.
“What do I do when I start?”
So you have one server now, and you need to add a switch, or maybe add 2 more servers and move to a rack. This is where the planning is most important. Because to get this upgrade, you’re going to have to move anyway, so why not move to your final location first, instead of having to do the whole painful process again later?
Another option instead of moving would be to setup an identical setup inside a private rack and configure it and move data over in the time your servers overlap, but then your paying for a month twice anyway.
All in all, sometimes you can’t get the full setup right away, and that’s ok, but plan for the required steps of migration early.
Have a question? Ask and yee’ shall receive (an answer =) `~ Geoff Pennington