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 Commitment to Privacy Continues with Safe Harbor Recertification

With the prevalence of cybercrime, governments have enacted laws; organizations have established standards; and companies such as Layered Tech have implemented considerable administrative, technical, and physical controls on information security to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.

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ETA Eye Openers

At the 2013 Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Annual Meeting and Expo  in New Orleans recently, I had the opportunity to give a presentation on Hacktivism titled Managing Risk for Online Threats and Hacktivism Actions. Attending these shows allows me to experience a little bit of local culture (the food and the venue were awesome), network with colleagues and learn about what is trending in the cloud space. I’m not surprised that the trending theme this year revolved around mobile technology.
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Take the Plunge Into the Cloud

Plunge into the cloud with Layered Tech cloud hosting and cloud servicesI have spent the last 12 years working in sales in the hosting industry, and I must say that the last 4+ have been the most interesting with the emergence of cloud hosting in the market. I spend my days working with current and future cloud users, and from what I have gathered over the past few years, new cloud adopters usually have three major concerns when it comes to hosting their applications in the cloud:
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E-Pay Innovator Drives Mobile Commerce in Developing Countries

It was a pleasure to serve as a judge for the e-Pay Innovation award at the recent ETA Expo in New Orleans, LA.  The winner of the $10,000 award was Trak for developing technology aimed at moving Brazil’s population from a paper payment system to a more efficient electronic format.

The ETA Technology Committee oversaw the event, which was part of the 2013 Annual Event and Expo in New Orleans. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided funding for the winner of the e-Pay Innovation Award and offered scholarships for several startup companies to exhibit in the Payments Next Zone section of the Expo.
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Up and to the Right: Layered Tech advances in Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner Research logoGartner recently published the 2013 edition of the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting which included Layered Tech. Since our first inclusion in 2010, Layered Tech has significantly increased our ranking and position with respect to completeness of vision and ability to execute. We have consistently moved up and to the right.

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GigaOM Tags Layered Tech for 3 of Top 5 Fastest Cloud Data Centers

GigaOM and CloudSleuth: tracking cloud data center performanceGigaOM, a leading technology news site, recently recognized Layered Tech for leading the big dogs of cloud computing in efficiency and speed. The GigaOM article highlighted Layered Tech’s superior cloud computing performance from our Chicago, Kansas City and Dallas data centers, based on Compuware/CloudSleuth’s Global Provider View. In fact, Layered Tech claimed three of the top five spots among more than 40 US-based cloud data centers competing for this honor of superior performance.

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Tips to Guard Against Hacks and Attacks

I attended the 2013 InnoTech San Antonio Technology Innovation Conference & Expo on April 17th.  InnoTech is the region’s largest business-to-business technology event.

This conference has grown to the point of needing to move to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Along with the tracks offered in Mobility, Women in Tech, Infrastructure, Big Data with Analytics and IT Leadership, I participated in the Cyber Security Symposium.  I moderated a panel of experts on Security – It’s All About Perspective.  The panel had representation from corporate leaders, consultants and higher education.  The panel members were Mark Krisak, Director of Information Security, HEB; Chip Meadows, Sr. Security Analyst, UTSA; Joe Oranday, Vice President, Enterprise Information Security, Frost; Steve Werby, President and Senior Information Security Consultant, Befriend.
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Meeting the Demands of the Public Sector in Step with Microsoft Dynamics

Layered Tech named Microsoft Dynamics partner of the year for their FISMA compliant cloud infrastructureAt the 2013 Microsoft Dynamics Annual Conference in New Orleans this March, Layered Tech was awarded the prestigious “2013 Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year”.  I was thrilled to be presented the award on behalf of the Layered Tech team by Microsoft General Manager for Public Sector, Amir Caprilles and Microsoft Federal Practice Director, Jody McCann.

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Data Protection – Not Always a Slam Dunk

It’s March Madness time, one of my favorite times of year. Maybe it’s playing college basketball brackets with friends and co-workers that has me thinking of infrastructure strategy in basketball terms. But anyway, it occurs to me that while backup and recovery isn’t sexy, it is critical — and not always a slam dunk.

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