Interview with Todd Abrams, COO, Layered Technologies
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.