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Layered Tech Announces New CIO

Former CIO of FastServers.Net to lead research and development at Layered Tech

PLANO, TX – July 17, 2008 – Layered Tech, a leading worldwide provider of “on-demand” IT infrastructure, announces today the appointment of Mr. Terrance Bush to Chief Information Officer. Bush will be responsible for research and development, as well as technology strategy for the organization.

“We are excited to have Terrance on our executive team,” said Jack Finlayson, CEO, Layered Tech. “His technology expertise and leadership experience, combined with the other new additions to our management team, will position Layered Tech for continued growth and success in the grid computing and managed Web services space.”

Bush began his career at FastServers.Net in 2000, and held a number of key management positions prior to taking on the CIO role in 2003. Mr. Bush has over nine years of system administration experience, as well as more than five years in system engineering management. Prior to his tenure at FastServers, Bush held senior positions with several Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T and StockPoint (now a division of CBS MarketWatch).

“I am thrilled to lead the research and development team at Layered Tech,” said Bush. “It’s an exciting time at the company, as we put our energies into managed hosting and virtualization services, as well as concentrate on servicing the enterprise market. I am looking forward to the new challenges this role will bring and am confident our team will deliver many exciting solutions in 2008 and beyond.”

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. 

For additional information on Layered Tech, please visit http://www.layeredtech.com.

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.

Virtualization and MS Hyper-V : Interview with Todd Abrams, COO of Layered Tech

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.

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About: Todd Abrams, COO & President

Todd Abrams, Layered TechnologiesTodd 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.

Interview: Jack Finlayson, CEO, Layered Tech

             
Layered Tech’s CEO, Jack Finlayson speaks with WHIR TV (Web Host Industry Review) about Past, Present & Future of the NEW Layered Tech.  View VIDEO >>
        
Jack Finlayson, CEO, Layered Tech, Interview, WHIR, 07/04/2008

Jack Finlayson, CEO, Layered Tech, Interview with WHIR TV, 07/04/2008

Layered Tech Launches Microsoft Hyper-V

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: sales@layeredtech.com.

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

 

Andrew Schroepfer to Keynote at LT PACT 2008

Andrew Schroepfer, Hosting Visionary and Founder of Tier 1 Research, to Present Closing Keynote at LT PACT 2008

Layered Technologies’ Annual Hosting Conference in Las Vegas Features Industry Experts Discussing Future of the Hosting Industry

 

Plano, TX [June 20, 2008] - Layered Technologies, a leading worldwide provider of “on-demand” IT infrastructure, announces today the keynote speaker for the closing day of LT PACT 2008 conference at Caesars Palace Resort in Las Vegas, NV, from June 25-27. Andy Schroepfer, a hosting visionary and founder of Tier 1 Research, will deliver his keynote address, Transformation Realities in the Hosting Industry, on Friday, June 27, at 8:30 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, and increase revenue with improved business practices.

 

“We’re excited and honored to have Andy back again this year at LT PACT to deliver the keynote on our second day of  the event,” said Todd Abrams, President and COO of Layered Technologies. “He will provide highlights on recently released data regarding the transformation occurring in the hosting industry.”

 

Mr. Schroepfer founded Tier 1 Research in August of 2000 after four years on Wall Street. Earlier, he became vice president and senior equity analyst with Goldman Sachs covering the Internet infrastructure services sector. At Goldman Sachs, Mr. Schroepfer’s coverage included such firms as Digex (now part of Verizon), Exodus (now part of Savvis), Loudcloud (now part of HP) and WebEx (now part of Cisco).  Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Schroepfer was with U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray where he covered communication service providers as a vice president and senior equity analyst. Andrew is currently managing partner of Exponential Capital, a technology sector asset management firm.

 

The 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. Additional speakers for the third annual event include key players from WordPress, 3Tera, AMD, HP, Microsoft, SUN, Seagate, Parallels, R1Soft and more.

  

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

 

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

Layered Tech Launches Managed Services

Layered Tech Launches DEFCON Server Management

Initial phase of dedicated management services offering is now available to a select group of current customers

Plano, TX (June 10, 2008)- Layered Technologies, a leading worldwide provider of “on demand” IT infrastructure, announces today DEFCON Management Services, a dedicated management services offering. DEFCON Management Services provides a tiered class of management services specific to dedicated server needs. This exclusive service allows the distinct classification of service level that provides server monitoring, security, server software updates, and advanced support. Integration efforts as a result of the recent acquisition of FastServers.Net by Layered Technologies are now enabling Layered Technologies to provide their current customers with the ability to utilize the server management expertise of FastServers.Net.

“One of the largest opportunities we saw in our acquisition of FastServers.Net was the ability to rapidly offer DEFCON Management Services to our current customers,” said Jack Finlayson, Chief Executive Officer of Layered Technologies. “We have worked together efficiently to make this offering available. We are very pleased to be able to leverage the knowledge and expertise of FastServers.Net and pass that onto our customers for their benefit and value.”

In this first phase of deployment, current Layered Technologies customers are able to apply and purchase managed services. As part of a select group that will be supported by trained server engineers, these customers will have the ability to receive support, security, monitoring, and server upgrades from a team of highly – skilled server support engineers.

DEFCON Management Services solves several problems that can be associated with operations of a dedicated server, including a single source for server administration, service level based support, 24×7 monitoring and recovery, patch management, and live 24×7 telephone support.

“For the past 10 years, DEFCON Management Services have been an integral part of customer satisfaction and organizational efforts with all departments,” said Aaron Phillips, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, FastServers.Net. “The extension of these services to a larger customer base will allow a scalable managed infrastructure that provides managed support to over 6,000 clients of Layered Technologies.”

Layered Technologies customers that are interested in DEFCON Management Services can apply online at http://www.layeredtech.com/services/defcon-apply/ . This initial phase will be available to a segment of customers that meet specific criteria. A specialized Quality Assurance Team will carefully deploy the services.

Todd Abrams, Layered Technologies“As one of our most significant service rollouts, our entire company is well prepared for this initial phase,” said Todd Abrams, Chief Operating Officer and President of Layered Technologies. “This ensures that execution and resources are available for a full and complete customer deployment in the coming months.”

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

For additional information on FastServers, please visit www.fastservers.net.

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 >>

               

Layered Technologies Raises the Bar With New Hosting Packages

New HP Servers include Quad–Core AMD Opteron™ and Intel® Xeon® processors, and accommodate up to 12 hard drives per chassis 

Layered Tech\'s HP Proliant Product OfferingPlano, TX (May 12, 2008)- Layered Technologies, a leading worldwide provider of “on demand” IT infrastructure, announces today immediate availability of a new range of servers to meet the needs of the enterprise market.  The packages include brand new HP servers configured with ultra-fast Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ or Intel® Xeon® CPU’s, along with the ability to hold up to 12 hot swappable hard drives.  These new packages represent a huge increase in the ‘price-for-performance’ value equation for clients seeking highly expandable, leading edge computing platforms.

             

New server packages include the latest HP chassis, newly released AMD Barcelona and Intel Harpertown / Clovertown processors, a minimum of 4GB of RAM, and 500 GB or larger hard drives.  Each chassis can currently accommodate up to 12TB of storage and 32GB of RAM.

“Layered Technologies has a history of leading the market in next–generation technology and we’ll continue to seek ways to maximize performance, optimize virtualization, increase levels of utilization and enable greater energy efficiency,” said Todd Abrams, President & COO of Layered Technologies. “These new name-brand server offerings are unrivaled and give our customers greater choices and unbeatable value.”

With clients in more than 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 collocation 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.  For more info on Layered TECH, please visit www.layeredtechnologies.com

 

 

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Layered Technologies Offers FREE Registration to LT PACT 2008

LT PACT Vegas                  

Layered Technologies, a leading provider of on-demand IT infrastructure, announces today that there is NO COST for Registration to LT PACT 2008. The Third Annual LT PACT 2008 conference will take place at Caesars Palace Resort in Las Vegas, NV from June 25-27. 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.  Keynote Speakers include: Forrester Research, Principal Analyst of IT Infrastructure & Operations, James Staten and Tier 1 Research, Founder & Hosting Visionary, Andy Schroepfer.

 

“We know attendees will gain tremendous insight by taking part in LT PACT 2008,” said Todd Abrams, President & COO of Layered Technologies. “Both end users and hosting partners will find the sessions and workshops highly valuable, taking away key industry insights, best practices and product knowledge.  Plus, it’s a great opportunity to network both with industry leaders and the LT team.”

 

The event will kick off on June 25th 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 27th, 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. with Master of Ceremonies Robert W. Thompson II from NBC’s BravoTV Celebrity Poker Showdown.

 

For more information visit http://www.ltpact.com >>