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To the West Coast and Beyond!

Layered Tech’s facility investments expand our global presence and increase connectivity

Recently, we expanded our data center portfolio while significantly increasing our footprint and Internap connectivity at our core facilities.  These investments further strengthen our ability to provide flexible solutions and highly reliable managed hosting services that meet even the most complex enterprise customer requirements.

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Layered Tech Named to Inc. 5000

We are pleased to announce that Layered Tech ranked No. 622 on the 2009 Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. magazine.

Inc. magazine ranked companies according to percentage of revenue growth from 2005 through 2008.  To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent as of Dec. 31, 2008.  Revenue in 2005 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2008 must have been at least $2 million.

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Todd Abrams – Web Hosting with Performance and Trust

Performance and trust are critical issues for every customer, and at Layered Tech, we take these very seriously whenever we launch new services and solutions.  Our customers expect immediate value from Layered Tech, and it’s in our DNA to deliver.

Layered Tech’s president Todd Abrams goes in-depth about our rapid deployment platform, Astro, in an interview with Cliff Boodoosingh at TopHosts.com, which posted today on the media outlet’s Web site.  Check out the Q&A interview here.

Our customers look to us to deliver a knowledgeable balance of responsible innovation and rock-solid Web hosting reliability.  With the cloud computing and virtualization revolution well under way, Layered Tech is committed to supporting our customers as they transition and adopt these new innovative solutions.  In the interview, Todd describes how we listen to our customers and incorporate their feedback and needs into the next evolution of our offerings so they can reduce costs while freeing up internal resources to focus on their core business.

It all comes down to performance and trust, and at Layered Tech, we continue to deliver that and more to our customers every day.

Is Colocation Right for Your Business?

By Sam Bowley

A colocation facility is a type of communal datacenter.  Many businesses keep their own server and network infrastructure there, pooling their resources for better telecommunications with decreased costs.

How do you know if colocation is right for your business?  Consider these factors:

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LT-TV Episode 3 & 4 (Parallels Vegas Edition)

Now Showing! Layered Tech TV, with host John Pozadzides, goes out to Las Vegas to tour the Parallels Expo.  Check out these great clips – providing special offers, education and “pure entertainment”.

 

Layered Tech TV – Episode 3 : Parallels Expo (Part 1 )
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Layered Tech TV – Episode 4 : Parallels Expo (Part 2)
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Did you make it to the show?  If yes, share your insights with us.

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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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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Windows OS in a Virtual Computing Environment

(11/10/2008) An Interview with HostReview and John Pozadzides, VP & CMO of Layered Tech

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Recently Layered Tech announced 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 the company said will allow customers to have the same high-availability as their dedicated physical servers but with far more scalability, all for a fraction of the cost. Read Press Release >>

HostReview contacted the company to get more information about this development. In this executive interview, we talk to Mr. John Pozadzides, VP & CMO of Layered Tech >>

 

Does Layered Tech’s new offering — transfer to Windows OS environments to an AppLogic-based cloud computing platform, support the entire range of Microsoft server software?

 

Currently, the AppLogic platform will support 32 bit versions of Windows 2003 and 2008.  64 bit support is planned for future releases.

 

How do virtualization solutions from Layered Tech help enterprises cut costs?

 

Simplicity is one of keys to cost savings for our customers.  Running enterprise applications on The Grid Layer is actually far simpler than using traditional hardware because you do not need to deploy, configure or maintain actual physical or software resources.

 

When you run an application in the cloud on The Grid Layer, all of the infrastructure resources needed are assembled and configured automatically on demand.  When additional performance is required, it takes just minutes to increase the resources available to your application, resulting in optimum control and flexibility.  Accelerating application availability drives cost efficiencies.

 

In a more fundamental way, The Grid Layer eliminates the upfront server costs associated with traditional clustered server environments.  This server consolidation is a powerful driver of cost reduction for our customers, as well as the more traditional capital expense elimination achieved through our hosted virtualization environment.   

 

Are there other benefits in term of security and scalability?

 

On both the security and scalability fronts, our cloud computing offering, The Grid Layer, solves many of the early challenges faced by virtualization providers.  We have a powerful graphical configuration interface which enables users to 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.

 

Therefore, our approach provides 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.

 

What are AppLogic’s strong points over other cloud computing solutions?

 

3tera’s breakthrough AppLogic technology packages the entire multi-tier application or service into a logical entity and manages it as a single system.  AppLogic is the first grid operating system that is designed for web applications and is optimized for transactional and I/O-intensive workloads.  It uses advanced virtualization technologies to ensure complete compatibility with existing operating systems, middleware and applications.  Additionally, off-the-shelf OS and applications are fully compatible within The Grid Layer (based on AppLogic).

 

Can you share with our readers some details about the hardware side of Layered Tech’s grid, such as number of datacenters and their geographic distribution?

 

Certainly.  We maintain a global presence with our data centers and network, serving thousands of clients internationally.  We currently have 8 purpose-built facilities located in the U.S., Amsterdam, Tokyo, and other locations.  These top-tier data centers are the cornerstones of our worldwide hosting capabilities and offer unparalleled security, network availability, capacity, processing power, and operations management.

 

What is the Early Adopter Program?

 

For our customers who are interested in migrating to a Windows environment on our Grid, we are offering special pricing and close support to incent and facilitate migration.  We intend to offer this program through Q1 2009. Contact us for details >>

 

Do you plan further developments in the areas of virtualization and cloud computing?

 

Listening to our customers means that we are constantly innovating new virtualization features and expanded cloud computing functionality.  We are committed to staying on the forefront of virtualization innovation, and make ongoing investments in research and development.  This is an exciting time in the hosted cloud computing industry, and we anticipate many more advances in how we provide enterprise-grade virtualization solutions.