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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/.

           

Layered Technologies Acquires FastServers.net

      

Newly combined assets include managed and unmanaged hosting, cloud computing, and virtualization technologies

                 

Plano, TX (April 14, 2008)   Layered Technologies, Inc., one of the world’s largest providers of “on demand” IT infrastructure today announced the acquisition of FastServers.net, a leading Chicago – based managed hosting company.  Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

             

The acquisition will combine the expertise of FastServers.net in managed dedicated hosting with Layered Technologies’ leading Grid and unmanaged offerings.  The combination of Layered Technologies and FastServers will offer a new range of superior services significantly benefiting customers.

“Thousands of clients rely on the exceptional service offerings of FastServers.net, and the combination of the two companies will expand the range of offerings and provide additional scale for client growth,” said Jack Finlayson, Chief Executive Officer of Layered Technologies.  “We look forward to bringing these two exceptionally talented teams together to service our customers and meet the demands of the high growth hosting industry.”

“With Layered Technologies and FastServers.net working together, business owners will view their managed service provider as a valued, long-term partner that helps manage IT infrastructure,” said Ian Andrusyk, President and CEO of FastServers.Net.   

Layered Technologies will begin immediate integration of the two companies’ operations, product development, distribution and customer support organizations to ensure a smooth transition and immediate value for customers, employees and partners.  Combined, the company will serve over 6,000 clients. 

 

Layered Technologies and 3Tera to Provide 100 Grid-Servers to Woopra

Rapid Growth of Real-Time Web Analytics Service Powered by Cloud Computing Platform

Woopra > Real-Time Web Analytics ServicePlano, TX | April 2, 2008:  Layered Technologies, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of “on demand” IT infrastructure, and 3Tera, Inc., the leading innovator of grid computing technology and utility computing services for Web applications, today announce support for Woopra, the real-time Web analytics platform. The companies will provide 100 grid-based servers in order to assist Woopra as it experiences a huge market demand prior to official launch.

“We are extremely pleased that Layered Technologies has stepped up to pledge the infrastructure necessary for us to meet the growing demand for Woopra,” said Elie Khoury, CIO of Woopra. “We are also grateful for all of the public feedback and support we have been given in the past 48 hours. We vow to work as quickly as possible to make Woopra available to as many as 100,000 Web sites within the next few weeks.”

Woopra provides real-time stats delivered via a revolutionary client-server application, and includes unique features such as the ability to identify and chat real time with visitors to the monitored site. The beta version of Woopra was quietly unveiled to a select audience of 200 at WordCamp Dallas, but news rapidly spread to over 2 million as buzz began to grow.

“We are excited about the launch of Woopra and the fact that we will be hosting it on The Grid,” said Todd Abrams, COO and President of Layered Technologies. “With such high demand, we are working closely with Woopra to ensure that all of Layered Technologies’ clients can gain access to the application as quickly as possible.”

With more than 12,000 servers and nearly a decade of experience, Layered Technologies has developed an expertise in data center operations. Using 3Tera’s award-winning AppLogic OS, Layered Technologies is able to provide grid computing solutions by harnessing the power of their data centers and making it available on-demand – processing power, bandwidth, and storage capacity. 3Tera’s AppLogic Grid OS allows a customer to package their entire application into a single self-contained logical entity. The packaged system can be scaled from a fraction of a CPU to hundreds of machines without any code modification.

“The instant growth of Woopra is a perfect example of how grid solutions provide new capabilities for growth,” said Peter Nickolov, President and CTO of 3Tera. “Scaling an online application, such as Woopra, can be enormously challenging. Being able to quickly deploy and operate on a highly available and scalable utility computing platform offers a unique business solution. Partnering with Layered Technologies has allowed us to deliver true utility computing solutions and help hundreds of companies scale their application with the growing demand.”

3Tera’s AppLogic grid operating system is the first commercial platform designed specifically to enable true utility computing. The system converts commodity servers into scalable grids on which users can visually deploy, operate and scale transactional Web applications without any modification of code. With the ability to run on any grid anywhere in the world, the disposable infrastructure technology found in the heart of the AppLogic system packages applications with the definition of the infrastructure required to run them into self-contained and portable entities. As a result, applications become completely separated from the hardware infrastructure traditionally needed to run them, allowing users to remotely manage their applications through a Web browser and provision resources as needed.

For more information on Layered Technologies, please visit www.layeredtechnologies.com.  For more information on 3Tera, please visit www.3tera.com.  For more information on Woopra, please visit www.woopra.com.

FORBES: Computing In The Cloud (Layered Tech)

Tiny Firms Offer Big Computing Services
(FORBES Magazine,
Andy Greenberg, 03.26.08)

Dave Durkee believes in the “Big Switch.” Like tech pundit Nick Carr, who coined that term in his recent book of the same name, Durkee, the CEO of utility computing company Enki, argues that information technology will eventually move out of corporations’ server rooms and into massive, shared facilities, where servers and storage can be hosted more efficiently and piped out to customers. Instead of investing in expensive IT infrastructure, companies will take advantage of computing as a utility, paying their IT bills the same way they pay for water and electricity. 

[A] start-up, Plano, Texas-based Layered Technologies, rents out customized servers by the month to about 4,500 clients. The company hosts a grid of servers that it divides up and rents to clients in packages designed especially to satisfy their hardware needs. Clients can choose to add hardware or subtract machines, like an extra server or storage device, in seconds. Layered Technologies completed its first round of publicly announced funding in mid-March. 

“Utility computing is one of those disruptive technologies that larger players won’t be interested in until it gets big,” says Carr. “That means smaller players can serve the first adopters. The challenge will be when the IBMs, the HPs, and the Suns start to come in to dominate the market.” But don’t count out the little guys, insists Layered’s chief marketing officer, John Pozadzides. Layered’s customers want more than cheap, generic computing power, he contends. As a smaller firm, Layered can customize and scale the resources it rents to every customer, Pozadzides says, whether it’s a start-up search engine or a software-as-service sales and inventory company. 

A different sort of player hoping to squeeze into the utility computing space is 3tera, in Aliso Viejo, Calif. 3tera offers a program that helps utility computing companies divvy up their hardware resources among their customers. Both Enki and Layered use 3tera’s program, known as AppLogic, to create the virtual data centers that they host for their clients; the software lets their customers expand or contract the resources they need in seconds, literally by dragging and dropping components on a computer screen.  “Today, if you want to add a new server, many sets of hands are involved,” says Bert Armijo, 3tera’s vice president of product management. “If you have the ability to instantly provision what you need, that’s when it really becomes a utility.” 3tera, which predicts it will become profitable in the first half of 2008, is a start-up worth watching, says Forrester Research analyst James Staten. The company’s “arms dealer” strategy, he says, will allow it to profit no matter who eventually comes to dominate utility computing. 

As for the other small fry, Staten says, it is too early to pick out potential winners as the industry evolves. But he’s confident that by the time larger customers start to look at utility computing as an attractive option, [smaller companies] may have grown into a real competitor.  “This is classic disruptive innovation, where the mainstream dismisses the product and small companies have time to create a real differentiated value,” says Staten. “When this technology becomes really robust five to seven years from now, the doubters may not be able to compete anymore.”  Read more >>

Layered Technologies to Sponsor WordCamp 2008

2–Day WordPress Event Includes Sessions on Ways to Power Up Your Blog, SEO for Bloggers, and the Business of Blogging 

Plano, TX (March 18, 2008)Layered Technologies, a leading worldwide provider of “on demand” IT infrastructure, announces today their sponsorship of WordCamp Dallas, hosted by WordPress. WordCamp is a 2-day conference for podcasters, designers, programmers, aficionados, users and developers. The first day focuses on how to be a better blogger and the second day discusses the development and future of publishing on the Web.  The event will be March 29 – 30.in Frisco, TX, and is limited to the first 300 attendees that register. 

“Layered Technologies is proud to be a sponsor of WordCamp, created and hosted by WordPress,” said Todd Abrams, president and COO of Layered Technologies. “It’s a great event that emphasizes the importance and benefits of publishing on the Web, as well as a great opportunity for networking and building relationships. WordPress is a valued client of ours, as we provide the majority of their infrastructure. We are thrilled to offer them our support in return.” 

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 co-location without the start up costs, the commitments, and the challenges. Layered Technologies’ on-demand computing solutions are effectively utilized by thousands of customers around the world, including WordPress.

”WordCamp is a great venue for us to interact with the WordPress community,” said Abrams.  “It is also a great opportunity for us to reach out to other Web 2.0 companies and bloggers and let them know how we can help them create an infrastructure that will scale to their demands and provide instant new computing capacity without capital expenditures.” 

The event will be held Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 at George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco, TX. Wordcamp starts at 9:30 AM on both days. The agenda for WordCamp includes expert panels and presentations on the business of blogging, SEO for blogging, ways to power up your blog, how to prevent, detect and stop content theft of your blog, and more. Presenters include: John Pozadzides, CMO of Layered Technologies and Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of WordPress. 

Registration for WordCamp Dallas is $20. To register, go to: http://wordcampdallas2008.eventbrite.com/.  

For additional information on Layered Technologies, please visit www.layeredtechnologies.com. For additional information on WordCamp Dallas, go to: http://dallas.wordcamp.org/.

Layered Tech Secures $11 Million in Private Funding

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.

Layered Tech Announces Affiliate Referral Program

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 >>

Layered Tech Appoints John Pozadzides as CMO

John Pozadzides, Layered Technologies, Chief Marketing OfficeLeading worldwide provider of “on demand” IT infrastructure continues rapid growth 

Plano, TX (February 18, 2008)Layered Technologies, a leading worldwide provider of “on demand” IT infrastructure, continues its rapid growth by announcing the appointment of John Pozadzides as Chief Marketing Officer.  Pozadzides will be responsible for leading Layered Technologies’ branding, as well as driving the company’s sales and product marketing initiatives.  He will oversee all enterprise and partner marketing initiatives, from product planning and positioning, to the execution of customer acquisition and retention strategies.  Pozadzides will report to President and COO Todd Abrams. 

“John brings a wealth of experience and a customer-centric attitude that make him a strategic asset for Layered Technologies,” said Abrams. “He has a proven track record of building successful sales organizations, as well as a deep understanding of the hosting marketplace.  In addition to his expertise and leadership in the IP services arena, John has a well documented background of innovation and integrity, having founded HTMLHelp.com, the leading Web authoring reference site; and later building a loyal following with his personal site OneMansBlog.com.“ 

Pozadzides, 37, is a sales and marketing professional with over a decade of experience within the IP and applications hosting industry.  Prior to joining Layered Technologies, he served as Vice President of SAVVIS Communications in Herndon, VA and was responsible for the company’s sales and customer service staff.  Before SAVVIS, John held positions as Director of North American Telesales and Director of Strategic Alliances for Cable & Wireless. He also held management positions at GTE Internet Solutions. 

“Layered Technologies has built a brand based on technology leadership, integrity and superior service,” said Pozadzides.  “I feel privileged to join the dedicated team members who have laid a fantastic foundation upon which to build our sales and marketing efforts.  Layered Technologies is poised to expand its leadership in the rapidly evolving Grid hosting marketplace and I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the company’s growth.” 

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

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Announcing: DynaVol (Web-based Storage & Serving Solution)

Grid-based scalable and flexible storage & serving solution from Layered Technologies enables companies to store and serve data securely 

Plano, TX (October 2, 2007)Layered Technologies, a leading provider of reliable, affordable, and scalable on-demand, self-managed utility hosting services, today announces DynaVol, a grid-based scalable and flexible data management solution. Whether storing data or serving static content, DynaVol offers a highly-available, reliable and secure environment for data management needs.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 co-location 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.

“DynaVol gives our customers peace of mind,” said Michael Platner, CEO of Layered Technologies. “Data is securely stored and served off-site in our world-class, top tier data centers and is part of our fully redundant backup network. DynaVol’s functionality is simple and robust, ensuring our customers’ data is always available when they need it — as well as scalable, as needed.”

DynaVol is a web-based storage solution that offers a reliable and secure environment for either storing data or serving static content. DynaVol safeguards valuable data at on-site and off-site locations using a highly-available data storage model that utilizes the transparent data mirroring of Layered Technologies grid hosting infrastructure. All data is mirrored to a different server at a different location as backup, with nearly instant automated backup recovery. All data is stored on a network RAID1 pair.

With DynaVol all data is stored in “virtualized containers,” allowing for complete user control of the storage environment, including the ability to upload, download, store and serve data from one convenient location to another. The DynaVol package is housed in a virtual private server (VPS) environment, enabling access to the supported protocols and services using either built-in VPN server support or public IP-based access systems.

“DynaVol is a perfect solution for those that need to store and serve static content,” said Todd Abrams, COO and President of Layered Technologies, “As well as for system administrators and developers that need an easy to use and flexible data storage solution that will support all of their in-house systems.”

Pricing for DynaVol packages starts at $14.99 per month (with a Layered Technologies’ server) and includes free allocations of data storage and bandwidth. Additional bandwidth is available at discounted rates to support customers’ specific bandwidth needs.

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

For additional information on the DynaVol, please visit http://www.layeredtech.com/services/storage/ >>

Layered Tech Announces SEPT Specials

Layered Technologies Announces September “Out of this World” Sale

Sale includes 30 days of “One – Day Only Specials” and Win a Free Mega Server Contest

Plano, TX (September 5, 2007) – Layered Technologies, a leading provider of reliable, affordable, and scalable on-demand, self-managed utility hosting services, today announces their “Out of this World” sale. The sale includes 30 days of one-day specials, including up to 60% off standard packages and/or FREE upgrades.

Layered Technologies is also including in its “Out of this World” sale the chance to win a free mega server. Entries are currently being accepted for the most creative written, graphic, or video submission that reflects the theme of the “Out of the World” sale. The winner can choose either a free “MEGA Server” (for 6 months) or a “Bronze GRID” (for 3 months).  The winner will be chosen by Layered Technologies on October 8, 2007.
 
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.

For additional information on the “Out of this World” sale and to view the daily special, please visit: http://www.layeredtech.com/promotions/liftoff-sale.php.. For additional information on Layered Technologies, please visit www.layeredtechnologies.com.