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Layered Tech to Sponsor WordCamp 2009

Layered Tech, a leading global provider of on-demand web hosting and cloud computing solutions today announced that they are the proud Platinum Sponsor of WordCamp 2009, hosted by WordPress

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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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Superior Storage & Backup (R1Soft's CDP) Now @ Layered Tech!

Layered Technologies implements Continuous Data Protection (CDP) from R1Soft for Superior Storage and Real-Time Backup

Customers gain more control over backups, increased data reliability, higher security and an affordable disaster recovery solution.  Find out more >>

r1softlogogif1Layered Tech today announced the addition of R1Soft Continuous Data Protection® (CDP) across its entire line of dedicated servers. With R1Soft’s advanced data backup and restoral solution, Layered Tech customers gain near-continuous disk-to-disk data protection and restoration with minimal server performance impact, even on busy servers.  Layered Tech selected R1Soft CDP because of its unique restoral capabilities, which range from restoring single files to full bare-metal restores.

“Protecting critical data is paramount for companies of all sizes, now more than ever, given the sophistication and volume of external threats today,” said Terrance Bush, CIO for Layered Tech. “By expanding our portfolio of services with the CDP solution from R1Soft, Layered Tech is providing enterprise customers with even more peace of mind so they can apply their full focus to managing their business.”

R1Soft CDP uses imaging technology that captures changed disk sectors. By tracking data changes at the disk sector level, backups take seconds to minutes to complete and can occur at anytime with minimal performance impact, even on busy servers. CDP operates with most Linux and Windows operating systems, as well as cPanel and Plesk control panels, and with its Web interface, customers have the option to manage their data backup schedules, define data retention periods and request bare-metal restores.  Learn more >>

“Data is regarded as mission-critical, yet we’ve found that a high percentage of companies don’t have data backup and disaster recovery strategies in place. By adding data backup and restoration capabilities into the services we offer, we can further support our customers’ needs, and we essentially give them a ‘one-stop shop’ to acquire the data services necessary to ensure business continuity,” said Layered Tech CMO John Pozadzides. “With R1Soft’s CDP solutions, Layered Tech customers can be assured their data has the highest integrity during all backups and restoration. No company can afford a loss of data, so we’re very excited to offer an affordable and flexible solution to prevent such situations.”

Layered Tech customers will recognize significant benefits with the addition of R1Soft’s CDP solutions:

Bare-metal restore – should a hard drive or system failure occur, a complete disk image can be restored on another server within minutes and without needing to install the O/S or backup application first;

Uptime – CDP only tracks and backups changed disk sectors instead of entire files, speeding backup time and preventing any reduction in server performance;

Choice – customers can choose from allocated backup storage amounts or a dedicated CDP server;

MySQL backups – restorations down to the individual database and table level are now possible; this allows maximum flexibility for MySQL database administrators and developers at an affordable price.

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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 >>

[New] Completely Revamped Customer Portal from Layered Tech

2009 is finally upon us!  And were we ever busy in 2008 here at Layered Tech: millions of dollars invested in upgrading our ERP infrastructure, to thousands of hours spent developing some amazing new customer support tools.   And now in 2009, we’re beginning to roll out these exciting new initiatives, starting with our overhauled customer portal, Encompass.

ENCOMPASS has been our account management portal for over 3 years.  Minor updates have been made during this time; however, only until NOW (with significant investments made) are we able to “blow it out” and take it to the next level.

WELCOME to our first major update which provides:

  • Fully redesigned dashboard for easy navigation
  • Newly enhanced features and functionality
  • Seamless integration to front-end systems
  • Updated user interface for improved usability

  

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Our new Encompass, which will be in beta for 30 days and run in conjunction with our old system, is a fully functioning cousin of our previous account management portal – only much, much better.  Plus, in the coming weeks, it will get even more features and functionality including:

  • Completely customizable dashboard
  • Full integration of new support ticketing system
  • Ability to upgrade servers and services directly via Encompass
  • Improved help guides and support documentation
  • Option to access Encompass via our iPhone account center using just your iPhone or iPod Touch.

All this and more, scheduled for completion in Q1 of 2009.

With that said, we hope you will take the time to explore this new tool in the coming days.  Just visit https://beta-encompass.layeredtech.com (log-in using usual username & password) to check it out.  And please, let us know what you think!

Note: For the next 30 days, our old support ticketing system will only be available via the old version of Encompass. Once the Encompass BETA 30-Day Launch is complete, all will be rolled over to our new system.

[FREE Passes] Calling All Microsoft Developers!

pdcmicrosoftbillgatesjpgOn the road again… Layered Tech is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the MSDN Developer Conference series. We are officially on the road with Microsoft and will be in the following cities in the coming months: Houston, TX (12-9-08 done), Chicago, IL (1-13-09), Dallas, TX (1-26-09) and San Francisco, CA (2-19-09).
 
Come and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Also learn about the latest developments in .NET, Silverlight, Surface, Parallel Programming, Live Mesh, and more. Stop by the Layered Tech booth and check out some of the great show specials! See show details

0808_free_passWith that, you’re invited to join us! 

Request your FREE attendee pass for these events at marketing@layeredtechnologies.com

New Premier Tech-TV Show by Layered Tech

filmstrip_lttvintroscreen150jpg1Lights, Camera, Action!  Announcing Layered Tech’s new premier Tech-TV Show – broadcast via the web.  Covering technology trends in the hosted infrastructure and grid computing space plus cost-saving strategies for the enterprise, these 5-minute news briefs will air on a bi-monthly basis and are hosted by our very own celebrity executive: John Pozadzides.     

filmstripbox_jpintroscreen150jpgA little about our host 
John Pozadzides (also known as John P) has been an influential executive for leading technology companies such as Cable & Wireless, SAVVIS and recently, Layered Tech.  He has talked on a wide range of industry topics including web hosting, grid computing, Internet architecture, security & optimization. From the University of Texas to Harvard Graduate School, John brings with him a wealth of valuable technology and business knowledge. (Did we mention he also produces one of the top blogs on the Internet, One Man’s Blog?)  This is a man worth listening to. 

Check out our first broadcast at:  http://www.layeredtech.com/resources/media-center/

Layered Tech Brings 3Tera’s AppLogic for Windows to the Grid

Plano, TX – Layered Technologies, Inc. (Layered Tech), a leading worldwide provider of on-demand IT infrastructure, today announced that 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 means customers will have the same high-availability as their dedicated physical servers but with far more scalability, all for a fraction of the cost. Learn more >>

Virtualization creates profound cost savings for the Windows OS environment for several reasons, including that customers:

>> No longer have to buy and maintain hardware including servers, load balancers and SANs.

>> Save money because virtualization enables them to reduce the complexity of their operating environment by consolidating multiple physical servers onto a handful of virtual machines.

>> Save time when setting up new servers because virtualization software’s templating and snapshot capabilities can replicate entire OS and application set-ups in 10% of the time it takes with physical dedicated servers.

>> Eliminates the cost and complexity of maintaining and installing their OS because The Grid Layer® solution from Layered Tech means that management of virtual machines is handled by Layered Tech data center employees.

“In the current economic conditions where everyone is looking to spend less but still achieve their business objectives and profitability, Layered Tech is presenting customers with a particularly compelling opportunity to significantly cut costs by consolidating their Windows OS server operations onto our virtualization platform,” said Jack Finlayson, CEO of Layered Tech. “By bringing Windows OS onto The Grid Layer, we are literally creating a market that didn’t have a place before. To achieve virtualization’s high-availability, scalability and replication in a physical server environment would cost customers millions, yet with Layered Tech their cost is a tiny fraction of that.”

In conjunction with its new Windows OS/virtualization offering, Layered Tech has launched an Early Adopter Program (Request info) so that existing customers can transfer some of their Windows OS servers to Layered Tech’s grid to evaluate cost saving opportunities, as well as operational and performance improvements that come with Layered Tech’s virtualization solutions.

“We’re very excited to bring this offering to the market because our customers have been asking for Windows OS virtualization support, and now we’re making that possible by being the first to provide AppLogic 2.4,” said Layered Tech Chief Marketing Officer John Pozadzides. “Even in this tough economy we still have many customers who need to rapidly scale their computing capabilities because they’re experiencing explosive growth, are bringing on new customers or even that they’re expanding R&D. Having their Windows OS servers on a virtualization platform means they can consolidate servers with Layered Tech and have the scalability and redundancy they need, all while still operating within a fairly lean IT budget.”

In addition to the Windows OS environment, Layered Tech continues to offer The Grid Layer to enterprises and companies that use other operating systems, such as Linux and Unix. Customers of Layered Tech’s Grid Layer, including those operating on Windows OS, are now available to take advantage of its DEFCON managed services, enabling enterprises to scale the level of data center and server management that best fits their individual needs. 

To learn more, visit www.layeredtech.com or www.thegridlayer.com >>

Layered Tech Extends DEFCON Managed Services To Include Virtual Machines

Layered Tech recently announced that its virtualization investments and acquisition of FastServers.net have helped drive DEFCON managed services across its broad range of products, including virtual machines. This latest advance from Layered Tech now enables customers of its Grid Layer® virtual machines (VM) to experience the same highly developed services available to its dedicated server clients.

DEFCON Tiered Managed Services NOW on Layered Tech’s Virtual Machines

DEFCON managed services mitigate challenges commonly associated with the operations of hosted infrastructure, providing a single source for server administration, service-level based support, 24×7 monitoring and recovery, patch management, and security protection. In addition to The Grid Layer VM offering, DEFCON managed services are available with Layered Tech’s on-demand, dedicated server solutions based on CentOS, Red Hat, and Windows 2003.

Tiered DEFCON managed services provide customers the freedom to choose the level of service they want to manage their servers. From DEFCON 5 (for those customers who want to manage all aspects of their server applications) to DEFCON 1 (in which Layered Tech provides the full scope of server management and monitoring), companies can customize their server operations, easily and quickly scaling up or down as their organizations grow and as needs change.

Virtualization Can Significantly Reduce Costs

The benefits of transitioning to a hosted virtual machine environment are amplified for companies that traditionally buy multiple physical servers, because virtualization can significantly reduce costs associated with hardware, data centers and other network infrastructure. In addition to saving hard costs, customers also can reduce demands on internal IT personnel who no longer have to manage multiple physical servers and data centers.

“For years, Layered Tech has created flexible solutions that remove server costs and complexity so that customers can focus on their core business and leave server management to us. The extension of DEFCON managed services to our Grid Layer virtual machines is another powerful value-creating tool for our customers,” said Layered Tech Chief Marketing Officer John Pozadzides. “Our roots are as a hosting provider that works closely with customers, and we’re continuing to do that in the area of virtualization by giving our customers even greater choice when it comes to defining the amount of security, support, monitoring, and specialized software that is associated with their virtualization environment.”

DEFCON management services are available initially to existing Layered Tech customers – those who already are Grid Layer VM customers and those who wish to migrate from a dedicated server environment to a virtualization platform. The managed virtual machine offering includes an operating system such as CentOS and a control panel such as cPanel or Plesk; customers will have the option to buy management services for those control panels.

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Happy National Cyber Security Awareness Month

[By Security Chick : Terry Perkins] October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  What better month for me to try my  blogging skills!  National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to increase awareness about Internet security.  A good place to start is with good, strong passwords.  Not all Internet sites need to have same strength password.  For example, banking sites need stronger passwords than a news site (some news sites require a login).  As a matter of fact, one of my pet peeves is when a site emails the login and passwords that you have just set up.  Rant – why do I need an email sent with the information that I just set up.   I have sent many a email ranting about just that.  Most of the time I get a response like most people can’t remember there passwords.  Great!  Let’s send it in email – in the same email, login and password.  Sorry, I digress.

Good, strong passwords are 12+ characters and do not contain dictionary words, kids or spouses names, birth dates, pets names and other identifiable information.  Passwords should contain each of the following categories:  upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters.  This is very important.   I use phrases or mantras – okay positive mantras.  Here is an example: Four score and seven years ago, our father brought forth a new nation……..  The password could be 4S&7yrsAofb4th!.  Please don’t use this one.  It is just an example.  When I type my password I am then saying the phrase or better yet positive mantra in my head thus reinforcing the positive thought.  Okay – I admit it.  I’m a little weird.  What do you expect from a security person.