CIO Insider Cover Story: UnitedLayer’s CEO, Abhijit Phanse explains and shares his insights on “Leveraging the Capabilities of Software-Defined Data Centers and Private Clouds.”

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CIO Insider Cover Story: UnitedLayer’s CEO, Abhijit Phanse explains and shares his insights on “Leveraging the Capabilities of Software-Defined Data Centers and Private Clouds.”

This is CIO Insider’s exclusive cover story with Abhijit Phanse, CEO of UnitedLayer. He talks about new trends like the demand of Software-Defined Everything in the cloud, the company’s philosophy, growth of the company, its thriving cloud business, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Over the past two decades, UnitedLayer has been providing comprehensive data center infrastructure and managed cloud solutions to various industries like Technology, Media, Telecom, Oil & Gas, and Banking Financial Services and Insurance across the globe.

The journey started with Accelon Capital, a mid-market private equity investment fund created by Abhijit and three professors from Stanford. Later they acquired UnitedLayer, the largest colocation data center provider in San Francisco using this fund with an aim to create high-performance, highly-available (99.999%), secure, agile, scalable, and modern colocation and multicloud solutions of the future.

The conversation starts with company’s philosophy which is deep-rooted in the need for having a three cloud strategy i.e. “The laws of the land, physics, and economics dictate that hybrid cloud will continue to the future of enterprise computing,” as stated by Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware which considers that Software-Defined Everything is the future.

Abhijit further explains UnitedLayer’s role in the Software-Defined private cloud evolution by talking about their Software-Defined Multicloud Data Center Platform that converts any legacy data center into a modern (hybrid and multicloud) data center.

During the course of the journey, several innovative solutions like UnityOneCloud were created to manage, monitor, audit, and support end-to-end cloud deployments. UnityOneCloud is a SaaS platform that provides a single pane of glass for seamless management of any cloud environment from bare-metal to serverless configurations in data centers, private clouds, and public clouds.

UnitedLayer utilized its 15 years of experience in the industry and created another organic spin-off known as UnitedPrivateCloud using it’s G3 IaaS Private Cloud platform, which is a third-generation private cloud solution perfected to deliver enterprise-grade cloud solutions and support modern applications like VMware, Kubernetes, SAP, and Oracle.

Before UnitedLayer, Abhijit Phanse co-founded the company called Scintera (acquired by NYSE: INPHI and NASDAQ: MXIM) that delivered high-performance signal processors in the wireless base station and data center infrastructure space. “Recognizing the industry’s path, creating a vision for our company, and building a team to deliver solutions to solve the real-world hybrid cloud challenges for our customers has been my contribution,” says the CEO, Abhijit Phanse.

About UnitedLayer:

UnitedLayer is a major Colocation, Private Cloud, and Managed Services provider that operates data centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. UnitedLayer puts you on the fast track to growth and helps you realize the full value of your investment in any cloud infrastructure solution. We design, build, and manage Enterprise-Grade Colocation, Private Cloud, and Public Cloud solutions that meet the performance, security, and scalability requirements to serve enterprises’ unique business needs.

About UnitedPrivateCloud:

UnitedPrivateCloud is an enterprise-grade Software-Defined Private Cloud company delivering enterprise-grade private clouds across 12 data centers over 5 continents. UnitedPrivateCloud’s G3 IaaS delivers high-performance, 99.999% availability, locked-down security, and software-defined agility and scalability while delivering greater than 30% cost savings compared to any primary public cloud provider. We are one of the world’s experts at building and operating highly available, secure, and scalable private clouds.

About UnityOneCloud:

UnityOneCloud is a Software-as-a-Service company that provides the most comprehensive enterprise-grade Multicloud Management platform for managing your real hybrid cloud environments. We help manage, monitor, audit, support, and observe all your hybrid cloud assets right from bare-metal to serverless configurations in data centers, private clouds, and public clouds.

For more information on how UnitedLayer can assist your digital transformation, please view the full copy of the discussion here and visit our website, https://www.unitedlayer.com/cio-insider-cover-page/.

UNITEDLAYER LAUNCHES UNITEDCLOUD – A SECURE MANAGED PUBLIC CLOUD WITH ON-DEMAND PROVISIONING

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UNITEDLAYER LAUNCHES UNITEDCLOUD – A SECURE MANAGED PUBLIC CLOUD WITH ON-DEMAND PROVISIONING

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—August 26, 2013—UnitedLayer, a leading Managed Cloud provider, today unveiled UnitedCloud, its VMware-based secure public cloud for enterprises and SMBs. UnitedCloud enables customers to burst into the cloud on-demand with secure, high performance, Flash-accelerated, cloud servers that integrate seamlessly with existing VMware deployments in an enterprise-connected hybrid configuration using UnitedConnect.

UnitedCloud comes with a full-service on-line Virtual Data Center Configurator to enable customers to configure their compute, storage, and application requirements with an on-line ordering process for instant turn-up. Customers can burst into UnitedCloud on-demand with no contracts, setup fees, or monthly commitments. UnitedCloud is hosted in UnitedLayer’s Tier3 datacenters and is fully managed and backed by its high-touch 24/7/365 customer support.

UnitedCloud has built-in security protection with features like Denial-of-Service (DoS) monitoring and mitigation, 2-factor authentication, hardened operating systems, and much more. This service offers UnitedLayer customers the peace of mind that experienced security experts and best-of-breed technologies are protecting their deployments at all times.

UnitedCloud has built-in security protection with features like Denial-of-Service (DoS) monitoring and mitigation, 2-factor authentication, hardened operating systems, and much more. This service offers UnitedLayer customers the peace of mind that experienced security experts and best-of-breed technologies are protecting their deployments at all times.

UnitedConnect, a secure hybrid platform connector, provides a secure connection for seamless integration of the customer’s on-premise VMware deployment with UnitedCloud. This service offers customers the ability to burst on-demand into UnitedCloud and securely manage their entire VMware footprint – both the internal on-premise deployment and the external off-premise hosted UnitedCloud – within a single vCenter console.

“UnitedLayer has a long history of serving our customers with world class hosting services, and UnitedCloud continues our strategy of providing best-in-class managed cloud services in our secure enterprise-class hybrid platform. We built UnitedCloud to be high-performance, secure, hybrid-enabled, protected with enterprise-grade disaster recovery, and to be a seamless extension of our customer’s datacenters. We are making it easy for our customers to grow their full-feature enterprise-class IT infrastructure on-demand without any setup fees or contracts, all backed by UnitedLayer’s high-touch support”, said Abhijit Phanse, CEO at UnitedLayer.

To learn more about UnitedCloud, please contact: sales@unitedlayer.com.

About UnitedLayer

UnitedLayer, a leading Managed Cloud provider, offers secure enterprise-class Cloud, Colocation, and Disaster Recovery services. We have been serving enterprises and SMBs for over 12 years. Our customers include The City and County of San Francisco, Wikipedia, Diamond Foods, The Exploratorium, AT&T, Level3, and Abovenet. UnitedLayer’s secure managed cloud services are delivered from its world class, SSAE 16-certified, PCI compliant, HIPAA compliant, and fully redundant Tier 3 data centers.

Headquartered at 200 Paul in San Francisco, UnitedLayer is one of the most networked Internet points of presence in the world. We operate a dual-stacked, high-performance, nationwide IPv4/IPv6 network backbone, and all of our services are backed by high-touch, fully-managed, 24/7/365 support.

UnitedLayer currently operates five data centers in North America – in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Ashburn, and Toronto, with numerous additional networking POPs.

Company information is available at www.unitedlayer.com.

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UnitedLayer Selected By Internet Archive And Burning Man To Provide IP Transit And Colocation.

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UnitedLayer Selected By Internet Archive And Burning Man To Provide IP Transit And Colocation.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 10, 2002 – UnitedLayer, LLC. (UL-LLC), a leading San Francisco Bay Area Internet Infrastructure company, announced that the Internet Archive and Burning Man have selected UnitedLayer to provide IP Transit and Colocation services for their respective organizations.

About Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections. For more information on Internet Archive, please visit http://www.archive.org.

About Burning Man

For 17 years, the Black Rock Desert outside of Reno, Nevada, has been home to the increasingly popular and influential Burning Man event. The annual art event, which began on a beach in San Francisco in 1986, has grown to attract close to 40,000 participants annually, from every state of the Union and twenty-two countries worldwide. For more information on Burning Man, please visit http://www.burningman.com.

About UnitedLayer

UnitedLayer, LLC. is a leading IP Services company in California. UL provides IP services to Fortune 500 companies and small to medium sized companies in the San Francisco and Los Angeles Areas. UL’s network includes 7 data centers within California and expansion plans include East Coast and international facilities. For more information about UnitedLayer’s products and services, please visit https://www.unitedlayer.com

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UnitedLayer announces 2007 corporate goals

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UnitedLayer announces 2007 corporate goals

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 10, 2007 – UnitedLayer is pleased to announce 2007 corporate goals

After closing out a record 2006, UnitedLayer is poised to have a banner year and is ready to put forth its corporate goals.

One of UnitedLayer’s primary objectives this year is to increase our transparency so as to provide a complete window into how UnitedLayer operates – this is a huge strategic and competitive differentiator in this IP transit, colocation and managed infrastructure segment for customers have been eager to see what is behind the curtains

“Part of our strategic emphasis this year, will be to grow the both organic methods and acquisitions. ‘Layer’ on top of that the need to focus on customer support thru transparency and you’ve pretty much outlined our 2007 go to market plan”, says Richard Donaldson, VP Sales, Marketing & Development, UnitedLayer.

UnitedLayer is building a brand that will be summarized through a to be announced pledge to our clients and community, this ‘oath’ will serve as the brand foundation and will represent UnitedLayer’s fundamental operating paradigm.

UnitedLayer’s goals will be to continue to focus on IP Transit growth, managed colocation growth and managed infrastructure growth – servers, switches and routers.

“We feel pretty strongly that our business is an execution business. If can do what we set out to do, we will be successful. If we can do what we set out to do and engender a very trustworthy brand, we will be really successful” said Arman Khalili, CEO UnitedLayer.

About UnitedLayer

UnitedLayer, Inc. is a North American internet enabler through offering a suite of internet infrastructure services including: fully managed bandwidth, managed colocation and managed hardware services in multiple datacenters strategically located throughout North America. UnitedLayer provides a single vendor, customer focused suite of established, best-practice internet infrastructure services that enables our customer-partners to realize their internet business goals all backed by a team of recognized industry experts.

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UnitedLayer, Inc. Reports Robust Earnings in Q1 2009

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UnitedLayer, Inc. Reports Robust Earnings in Q1 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16, 2009 — UnitedLayer, Inc. (https://www.unitedlayer.com), a privately held Colocation and Managed Infrastructure Services firm today reported a profitable Q1/2009, despite a broader economic trend of red ink and plunging sales. Today’s disclosure is voluntary.

UnitedLayer, which maintains over 35,000 square feet of Turn-Key Datacenter (TM) space in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and Ashburn, Va., reported a sales increase of 35% over its last quarter, while EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) increased by 110% over last quarter — a result of cost reductions and streamlining of operations.

The company was not profitable during Q1 through Q3 of 2008 due to aggressive expansion in the California market. However, the company’s outlook for 2009 is significantly positive, and in February, 2009 UnitedLayer secured over $2.5 million in equity and debt financing to support its continued growth.

“Despite the macroeconomic uncertainty, we have experienced our second consecutive profitable quarter and hold a positive outlook for the remainder of 2009. We remain on target to have a profitable 2009 and have no additional needs for outside funding. Increasing demand from existing and prospective customers has significantly increased utilization of our facilities,” said Arman Khalili, CEO of UnitedLayer. “With the continued rise in demand for scalable, secure and reliable Internet infrastructure services, we have seen tremendous growth this past year across our service offerings.”/p>

Founded in 2001, UnitedLayer offers a suite of IP Transport, Colocation, and Managed Solutions. It operates a nationwide MPLS/IP network consisting of three data centers and ten routing/peering nodes.

About UnitedLayer, Inc.

UnitedLayer, Inc. is a premier North American Colocation and Internet infrastructure services firm. It offers IP transit, colocation and managed infrastructure services in multiple datacenters strategically located throughout North America. UnitedLayer’s mission is to empower businesses of all sizes to make smarter decisions with the infrastructure needed to start, build, scale and optimize their online presence.

For additional information, please visit UnitedLayer at https://www.unitedlayer.com.

UnitedLayer Amps Up Managed Internet Infrastructure

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UnitedLayer Amps Up Managed Internet Infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO, Jul 21, 2008 (Business Wire) – UnitedLayer, an industry leader in Managed Internet Infrastructure & Colocation services, has a new strategy to increase client computing power and flexibility by taking Cloud Computing to the next level. UnitedLayer has added more visibility and control for customers that need dedicated hardware to ensure their business performance levels are met. “This is our brainchild and a fundamental shift in how we handle our clients’ production environments. We did our homework and anticipated future needs by providing performance and flexibility in a highly scalable platform,” said Richard Donaldson, COO of UnitedLayer. “This came about by collaborating with customers and then co-creating a solution to meet their needs.”

UnitedLayer’s clients receive the benefits of guaranteed performance without the capital expenditure of buying their own hardware. UnitedLayer’s platform supports multiple storage technologies including local and distributed solutions in multiple RAID levels. This modular approach combines performance metrics and accountability to ensure SLAs are at the forefront. UnitedLayer takes its uptime commitment seriously for customers and the managed infrastructure environment reflects this. All gateway functions are dedicated and hardened appliances in HA (high availability) formation – which leverages redundant power and active/passive configurations to scale with customer needs. These features allow customer environments to not be locked into one platform or solution.

“When customers request dedicated hardware you need to respect their wishes. We don’t take chances with a customer’s application,” said Arman Khalili, CEO of UnitedLayer, “By purposefully investing in high performance platform solutions, we avoid the conventional pitfalls that come about with dispensable hardware. This gives us a manageable infrastructure platform with built-in redundancy and smaller carbon footprint due to greater efficiencies. We can deploy solutions remotely for more customers and actually reduce our power consumption and cooling costs.”

About UnitedLayer, Inc.

UnitedLayer, Inc. is a North American Internet infrastructure service and colocation company offering: IP transit managed colocation and managed infrastructure services in multiple datacenters strategically located throughout North America. UnitedLayer’s mission is to help educate and empower businesses of all sizes to make smarter decisions with the infrastructure needed to start, build, scale and optimize their online business presence.

For additional information, please visit UnitedLayer’s website at https://www.unitedlayer.com.