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Startups That Fly – Layered Tech’s Role

As Director of Compliance and Security services at Layered Tech since 2008, I have seen our Compliant Services business grow significantly during that time. With that growth, there has been a noticeable phenomenon related to our startup clients who have reached an attractiveness level high enough to become acquisition targets.

We are in a unique position to see this happen from start to finish. It is a behind-the-scenes supporting role where our economy of scale and simplified audit-service goals lend upward momentum. I have seen this happen several times, including with Layered Tech itself. It is a topic that deserves some background, so let me lay out an example of what I mean.

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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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Layered Tech Brings 3Tera’s AppLogic for Windows to the Grid

Plano, TX – Layered Technologies, Inc. (Layered Tech), a leading worldwide provider of on-demand IT infrastructure, today announced that it is the first hosting company to give enterprise customers the option of transferring their Microsoft Windows operating system (Windows OS) environment to an AppLogic-based cloud computing solution. Layered Tech will use 3Tera’s AppLogic™ 2.4 to enable customers to run their Windows OS platform in a virtual computing environment, which means customers will have the same high-availability as their dedicated physical servers but with far more scalability, all for a fraction of the cost. Learn more >>

Virtualization creates profound cost savings for the Windows OS environment for several reasons, including that customers:

>> No longer have to buy and maintain hardware including servers, load balancers and SANs.

>> Save money because virtualization enables them to reduce the complexity of their operating environment by consolidating multiple physical servers onto a handful of virtual machines.

>> Save time when setting up new servers because virtualization software’s templating and snapshot capabilities can replicate entire OS and application set-ups in 10% of the time it takes with physical dedicated servers.

>> Eliminates the cost and complexity of maintaining and installing their OS because The Grid Layer® solution from Layered Tech means that management of virtual machines is handled by Layered Tech data center employees.

“In the current economic conditions where everyone is looking to spend less but still achieve their business objectives and profitability, Layered Tech is presenting customers with a particularly compelling opportunity to significantly cut costs by consolidating their Windows OS server operations onto our virtualization platform,” said Jack Finlayson, CEO of Layered Tech. “By bringing Windows OS onto The Grid Layer, we are literally creating a market that didn’t have a place before. To achieve virtualization’s high-availability, scalability and replication in a physical server environment would cost customers millions, yet with Layered Tech their cost is a tiny fraction of that.”

In conjunction with its new Windows OS/virtualization offering, Layered Tech has launched an Early Adopter Program (Request info) so that existing customers can transfer some of their Windows OS servers to Layered Tech’s grid to evaluate cost saving opportunities, as well as operational and performance improvements that come with Layered Tech’s virtualization solutions.

“We’re very excited to bring this offering to the market because our customers have been asking for Windows OS virtualization support, and now we’re making that possible by being the first to provide AppLogic 2.4,” said Layered Tech Chief Marketing Officer John Pozadzides. “Even in this tough economy we still have many customers who need to rapidly scale their computing capabilities because they’re experiencing explosive growth, are bringing on new customers or even that they’re expanding R&D. Having their Windows OS servers on a virtualization platform means they can consolidate servers with Layered Tech and have the scalability and redundancy they need, all while still operating within a fairly lean IT budget.”

In addition to the Windows OS environment, Layered Tech continues to offer The Grid Layer to enterprises and companies that use other operating systems, such as Linux and Unix. Customers of Layered Tech’s Grid Layer, including those operating on Windows OS, are now available to take advantage of its DEFCON managed services, enabling enterprises to scale the level of data center and server management that best fits their individual needs. 

To learn more, visit www.layeredtech.com or www.thegridlayer.com >>

HostingCon'08: Something Old, Something New…

Visit BOOTH 301 for Live GRID/Cloud Computing DEMOS

This year “Booth #301″ will be stocked with something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Something OLD, Something NEW…

Returning to HostingCon for the 4th year in a row (OLD) will be some familiar faces from FastServers.Net. However, they will have a new-found image and a glitzy new booth sporting the (NEW) LayeredTech brand. Combined, you’ll see the latest “hosting vendor of choice” providing both self-managed and fully-managed hosting solutions as well as innovative virtualization and utility-based offerings.

Something BORROWED, Something BLUE…

Leading the way in technology innovation focused on virtualization (BORROWED term) is LayeredTech’s primary focus. In conjunction with our standard hosting solutions, we’ve been deemed the pioneers in on-demand virtualization offerings including Grid computing, Hyper-V, Citrix, Sun Solaris, as well as many others. All this taken into account, LayeredTech’s recent rebranding efforts include a new (Yes, BLUE) logo which reflects the layers of products, services and innovation being offered today. So stop by and CHECK IT OUT!

Witness the power of the GRID with a live demo!

Booth 301: The Grid is ready. Are you?

Stop by Booth 301 and learn more about LayeredTech’s unique “GRID/CLOUD” computing solution, the ultra reliable multi-server configuration that is scalable, affordable, reliable and yes, simple to use. Come by, ask questions, see a live demo and let’s talk about the technology that can enable your organization to offer GRID/CLOUD Computing.

Wed 8:30am Presentation: “Every Cloud has a Silver Lining” by John Pozadzides, CMO, Layered Tech

Have you ever wondered how Cloud Computing is going to change this industry? If yes, then grab your coffee and come listen to John Pozadzides, CMO of LayeredTech, who will be presenting WEDNESDAY from 8:30am to 9:15am. He will bring to light key trends in hosting virtualization. After this AM session, you’ll walk away smarter and more stimulated (ahhh coffee!). If you miss it, stop by Booth 301. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

We’re looking forward to this event – seeing friends old and new. If nothing else, stop by, say hi and pick-up some of our cool free schwag.

If you are not attending HostingCon 2008 and want educate yourself on GRID/CLOUD computing you can schedule a web demo and one of our highly trained GRID Experts will walk you through the features and benefits.

Schedule a GRID DEMO NOW!

Layered Tech to Speak at HostingCon 2008

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.

NeXplore Transitions Newly Acquired ClickCaster to Grid Server from Layered Tech

Yahoo! Finance
NeXplore Leverages the Grid Layer from Layered Tech for Fast Integration, Speedy Launch and Instant Scalability

FRISCO, TX–Jun 5, 2008 — NeXplore Corp. today announced the successful transitioning of the recently acquired ClickCaster.com website to the NeXplore Grid Server. Powered by The Grid Layer hosting solution from Layered Technologies, in combination with 3Tera Inc.’s virtualization software AppLogic, the NeXplore Grid Server is the company’s Virtual Private Data Center for efficiently and cost-effectively operating and managing NeXplore’s growing portfolio of Web 2.0 products and destinations.
    
The rapid transitioning to the NeXplore Grid Server of ClickCaster.com enables NeXplore to quickly monetize and scale this popular website that provides tools for fast-and-easy audio and video podcast creation, publishing and management. Upon acquisition by NeXplore, ClickCaster.com had approximately 245,000 unique users, a number NeXplore plans to significantly grow by the end of 2008.

NeXplore currently utilizes the NeXplore Grid Server to host and manage NeXplore Search, the company’s recently launched Web 2.0 search engine optimized for a superior end-user experience, rich-media display and social network integration. NeXplore is working to integrate ClickCaster.com podcasting capability into NeXplore Search.

“The quickness, low cost and relative ease with which we were able to transition ClickCaster.com to the NeXplore Grid Server validates our decision to utilize this cutting edge hosting and application management system,” said Dion Hinchcliffe, chief technology officer for NeXplore Corporation. “The pace of innovation today is blistering. Web companies hobbled by the cost and complexity associated with traditional infrastructure — datacenter co-location, private racks and managed hosting services, etc. — are destined for extinction. The road to success in today’s dynamic Web 2.0 world — the path that NeXplore is forging — is paved with glitch-free performance, speed-to-market and instant, on-demand scalability.”  Read more at Yahoo Finance >>

For more information about NeXplore, visit www.nexplorecorporation.com >>

For more information about Layered Technologies, visit www.layeredtech.com >>

For more information about the Grid Layer, visit www.thegridlayer.com >>

               

Enterprise Cloud Computing with Layered Tech

Interview with Todd Abrams, COO, Layered Technologies

Todd Abrams, COO, Layered Technologies1. Tell me your vision of “Enterprise Cloud Computing?”

Historically, the only option available to businesses with large mission-critical applications was to distribute them across a number of dedicated servers intermixed with firewalls, switches and load balancers.  These enterprise grade solutions have a high degree of complexity, require a staff of system administrators and engineers to provision, and are extremely expensive to deploy with 100% redundancy.

Layered Technologies cloud computing offering, The Grid Layer, solves all of these problems by providing users with a powerful graphical configuration interface which lets them create entire virtual infrastructures within the Grid comprised of a wide range of devices including firewalls, load balancers and servers.  Switching, routing and monitoring are all built into the Grid as well as complete physical redundancy and RAID 1 network duplication of data across physical nodes.

We believe that cloud computing services are the next generation of infrastructure and that as more businesses learn about these offerings the huge cost reductions, inherent redundancy and extreme scalability will compel CIOs and CTOs to migrate their sprawling applications to service providers like Layered Technologies.

2. Why do you choose AppLogic OS and 3Tera?

The choice to use 3Tera’s AppLogic operating system was a simple one.  When Layered Technologies began to work with 3Tera over two years ago there were no natural competitors.  Even today the 3Tera OS is unique and still developing.  AppLogic allows service providers like Layered Technologies to deploy and support standard enterprise grade hardware and to aggregate resources to mimic much larger and more expensive supercomputing systems.

3. What kind of industries use your services?

Layered Technologies currently has a number of Web 2.0 clients like Nexplore and Woopra who utilize The Grid Layer for redundancy and scalability.  These companies rely exclusively on their online presence so their infrastructure requires 100% uptime.  We also have a wide range of enterprise customers ranging from global telecom companies, to healthcare providers, to educational institutions using The Grid Layer.

As far as Cloud or Grid computing is concerned, virtually any enterprise can take advantage of the capabilities of the Grid.  We offer services that range from individual Grid-based Virtual Private Servers to large multi-node Virtual Private Data Centers which allow clients to build and deploy their own complete hosted architectures on demand.

4. Do you have any plans to launch your services to the Japanese Market?

The Japanese market is very important to Layered Technologies.  Not only do we currently have a number of Japanese clients, we view Japan as a strategically important market with huge growth potential.  

Layered Technologies recently signed an agreement with Bit-Isle in Tokyo and as begun to deploy infrastructure in Tokyo.  We intend to make our full range of services available including The Grid Layer to any clients who require Japanese localization.

Find out more:  Layered Technologies, The Grid Layer, VPS, VPDC, Cloud Computing

Tech eUpdate: Cloud (GRID) Computing

John Pozadzides, CMO, Layered Technologies, Grid HostingInterview with John Pozadzides, VP of Product Development, Layered Technologies

1. As an introduction, could you elaborate on Layered Tech’s Cloud Computing Solution?

Layered Technologies is a global leader in the area of cloud computing.  We currently have well over 1,000 nodes (physical machines) in our Grid Layer computing platform, making us larger than almost all of our competitors combined.

   

The best way to explain the Cloud computing concept is to compare and contrast it with existing technology, so if you’ll indulge me I’m going to back up a bit and start with traditional architecture.

 

Historically, the only option available to businesses with large mission-critical applications was to distribute them across a number of dedicated servers intermixed with firewalls, switches and load balancers.  These enterprise-grade solutions have a high degree of complexity, require a staff of system administrators and engineers to provision, and are extremely expensive to deploy with 100% redundancy.

 

Layered Technologies cloud computing offering, The Grid Layer, solves all of these problems by providing users with a powerful graphical configuration interface which lets them create entire virtual infrastructures within the Grid, comprised of a wide range of devices including firewalls, load balancers and servers.  Switching, routing and monitoring are all built into the Grid as well as complete physical redundancy and RAID 1 network duplication of data across physical nodes.

 

We believe that cloud computing services are the next generation of infrastructure and that as more businesses learn about these offerings the huge cost reductions, inherent redundancy and extreme scalability will compel CIOs and CTOs to migrate their sprawling applications to service providers like Layered Technologies.

 

2. What are the salient features of your solution?

 

The Grid layer offers a number of important features simply not found in competing service offerings.  All of the following are native features of The Grid:

  • A simple Visio-like graphical configuration interface which allows anyone to configure one server, or an entire virtual data center, in minutes.
  • Complete redundancy within the system with built in monitoring and self-healing capabilities.  The Grid will restart any application running on a physical node that fails by moving it to a separate node within minutes.
  • The proven ability to scale a single client grid to well over 100 physical nodes means that even extremely large clients can obtain incredible resource density if required.  For example, a 100 node grid with quad core, dual processor nodes, each containing 1TB hard drives and 32GB of RAM would equate to 800 processor cores, 3.2TB of RAM and 100TB of storage space.

3. What differentiates your solution from that of others in this field?

 

Some of the most significant differences between Layered Tech’s Grid solution and others available in the market include:

  • Unlike providers such as Amazon and most recently Google who are offering spare computing cycles on their inventory of existing hardware, Layered Technologies is a dedicated hosting provider.  Our singular focus in this area allows us to be more responsive, flexible, and customer service oriented.
  • One of the hallmarks of The Grid Layer is the ability to run almost any application natively without the need for custom API integration or other proprietary modifications.  Amazon and Google’s cloud computing and storage offerings require strict adherence to very specific API guidelines which can require complete re-writes of applications – only to then be locked in to using their proprietary service.
  • Provisioning on true enterprise grade HP hardware means that Layered Tech’s Grid clients have access to the fastest CPUs, RAM and networking components available.  This contrasts sharply with Amazon’s offering, which they have stated runs on Celeron 1.7ghz equivalent white box machines.
  • Layered Tech’s two years of Grid leadership combined with our demonstrated ability to provision the world’s largest Grid infrastructures means we are well ahead of all competitors in terms of developing support structures, provisioning systems, and intellectual property within the organization for servicing these special clients.  Experience counts.

4. What do you consider as drivers propelling the growth of Cloud Computing?

 

Cloud computing is a new disruptive technology.  When compared to Dedicated hosting utility computing platforms are “better”, “faster” and “cheaper”.  This is not merely an improvement of existing systems in which you can only pick any two (better + faster is NOT cheaper), but an evolutionary step, which is absolutely compelling to anyone that consumes computing resources.

 

5. What according to you are the major challenges or restraints that impede further development of Cloud Computing? How are you trying to address them?

 

Problems currently impeding the growth of utility / cloud / grid computing (whatever you choose to call it) include:

 

  • As an emerging technology, it takes time for service providers to get over the learning curve. 
  • Service providers have been geared up for dedicated hosting for the last decade.  Their infrastructure, sales channels, support systems, etc. are all built to focus on legacy systems.  Disruptive technologies hurt.
  • Amazon’s offering has not done anyone favors to Cloud computing because many people who initially looked into their limited offering quickly realized existing systems would not utilize it without retooling.

6. What are the current and potential applications of Cloud Computing? Could you provide a Roadmap on when the applications would be realized?

 

The nice thing about LT’s Grid is that almost any existing application will run on it.   We currently have a wide range of clients who have migrated their applications to the Grid and are enjoying the benefits of increased redundancy, improved scalability and ease of management.  Clients are currently running applications such as:

  • A major search engine
  • A development environment for one of the largest Telecoms in the world
  • A Web site monitoring service
  • Standardized enterprise SAS services.

7. Do you collaborate or wish to collaborate with other companies / universities / research institutions / companies for your work?

 

We currently work closely with 3tera, the company behind AppLogic software that helps to power our infrastructure, as well as hundreds of clients who utilize our Grid hosting services.  With that, we would be happy to enter into discussions with researchers interested in cloud computing initiatives, but we are unaware of any who are working in this field.

 

8. What additional information is available?

 

The best thing we could share would be a demonstration of the Grid’s Web based interface in action, and I’d be happy to arrange for that demonstration if there is any interest in seeing it.  Please email me at johnp@layeredtechnologies.com >>

GRID Technology : LT Interview @ Web 2.0

John P InterviewLayered Technologies‘ CMO John Pozadzides recently visited the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and took some time out to speak with Michael Scherotter from Microsoft about LT’s GRID computing technology.

“GRID computing is a system whereby many computers are assembled together to create one large computing system with vast amounts of processor power, RAM, and storage.” states John Pozadzides. 

Check out the video below and learn more about Layered Tech’s “The Grid Layer” and you’ll see why it’s so cool!

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LT PACT 2008 Keynote: (Forrester Research / Grid Computing)

          

James Staten, Leading IT Infrastructure Analyst, to Keynote LT PACT 2008
        
Layered Technologies’ Annual Hosting Conference in Las Vegas Features Industry Experts to Discuss Future of the Hosting Industry

                 

Plano, TX (May 07, 2008)- Layered Technologies, a leading worldwide provider of “on demand” IT infrastructure, announces today the opening day keynote speaker for the third annual LT PACT 2008 conference at Caesars Palace Resort in Las Vegas, NV from June 25-27. James Staten, Forrester Research Principal Analyst IT Infrastructure & Operations, will deliver his keynote address, Cloud / Grid Computing: A Classic Disruptive Technology on Thursday, June 26 at 8:40 a.m.

 

Industry analysts, key industry players, hosting companies and other leaders in the hosting environment will speak about the most current information in the industry. This three day conference will provide opportunities for attendees to learn industry insights, interact with the latest products in workshops, increase revenue with improved business practices and also participate in the Texas Hold’ em Tournament with $5,000 in cash prizes and no entry fee.

 

“We’re excited and honored to have James deliver the opening day keynote for LT PACT this year,” said Todd Abrams, President & COO of Layered Technologies. “James is an expert in cloud computing and his presentation has mass appeal to our customers, partners and attendees at this year’s event.”

 

Staten serves IT Infrastructure & Operations professionals. He is a leading expert on x86 servers and server infrastructure, data center futures, and application-specific infrastructure deployment trends and technologies. Staten has eight years of experience in product marketing and strategy positions for infrastructure providers, including Sun Microsystems and Azul Systems, plus four years of analyst experience and a background in high-tech journalism. Staten holds a master’s degree from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.

 

Robert ThompsonThe event will kick off on June 25 with a cocktail party featuring an open bar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On day two, sessions with speakers will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will extend until lunch at 11:45 a.m. Sessions will resume at 1 p.m. and will go until early to late evening. On June 27, the previous day’s schedule will repeat with the addition of a dinner banquet at 7 p.m. followed by the LT PACT 2008 Hold’em Poker Tournament at 8 p.m.

 

 

A full event pass for attendees is $99 For anyone planning to only attend the social events, that cost is $75. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eric Hubbard at eric.hubbard@layeredtechnologies.com.

         

For additional information on Layered Technologies, please visit www.layeredtechnologies.com.

    

For additional information on LT PACT 2008 and online registration, please visit http://www.layeredtech.com/ltpact/.