Layered Technologies and 3Tera Demonstrate Linear Scalability of the Industry’s Largest Virtual Private Datacenter for Web Applications

UnixBench score of 42,540 over 443 CPUs, 920GB RAM and 47 TB of Storage signifies the future for scaling web applications 

Dallas, TX and Aliso Viejo, CA – July 24, 2007 – 3Tera, Inc., the leading innovator of grid computing and utility computing services for web applications, and Layered Technologies, a leading provider of reliable, affordable, and scalable self-managed utility hosting services, announce today benchmarking results of the industry’s largest virtual private datacenter. A score of 42,540 was achieved running the UnixBench benchmark on the virtual private data center, comprised of 443 CPUs, 920GB RAM, and 47 terabytes of storage and controlled with just a browser. 

“UnixBench result of 42,540 is unprecedented," said Peter Nickolov, CTO of 3Tera. “It proves that our AppLogic grid operating system scales linearly on grids of commodity servers. We achieved this by running 649 instances of UnixBench 4.1- wht.1 on 443 processors. For comparison, the same benchmark on the same class physical server gives an index of 112 per processor, while a typical Virtual Private Server has an index of 20 to 50. That means virtual private datacenters scale linearly from 10 to more than 100 servers."

"Scaling Web 2.0 applications has been difficult because each next step in performance required exponentially more money and hard to find expertise," said Jeremy Suo-Anttila, CTO of Layered Technologies. “Our demonstration has shown that virtual private datacenters make this problem go away. Up to at least 443 processors, enough horsepower to run any but the top 100 web services in the world, a virtual private datacenter scales simply and efficiently. When you need more performance, you simply add more servers. This makes it simple and affordable to build internet scale services."

"Today's benchmark results are yet further evidence that the future of IT is being defined on the Internet," commented Barry X Lynn, Executive Chairman of 3Tera and former CIO of Wells Fargo Bank. "Linear scalability on commodity hardware at commodity prices, is something that hasn't been available to CIOs until now. It will have the same effect on the economics of running a datacenter as the Web had on the economics of sharing information."

About UnixBench

UnixBench is a recognized open source performance benchmark utility widely used to evaluate hosting platforms - both dedicated servers and virtual private servers. To provide results valuable to developers, the benchmark runs 11 different tests indicative of web application performance and provides a single combined score as a result. The reported results were obtained with UnixBench 4.1 - wht.1 available at http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=308055

About Virtual Private Data Centers

Virtual Private Datacenters are a utility computing solution for operating SaaS and Web 2.0 applications. They eliminate the need for datacenter co-location, private racks and managed hosting services by enabling users to assemble, deploy, monitor and manage all their infrastructure and applications using only a browser.

The Virtual Private Data Center will be showcased this week at the HostingCon event in Chicago. At 3Tera’s booth (Booth #101), attendees can experience the system firsthand and meet with company representatives to discuss its benefits.

About 3Tera, Inc.

3Tera, Inc. is an innovator of grid and utility computing, simplifying the deployment and scaling of Web applications. Named a 2007 Category Breaker by NetworkWorld magazine, 3Tera’s AppLogic grid operating system enables hosting providers to offer the first true utility computing services that completely remove the cost and complexity associated with infrastructure. The operating system converts hosted commodity servers into scalable grids on which users can visually operate deploy and scale transactional Web applications without any modification of code. Software-as-a-Service providers, Web 2.0 companies, enterprises and open source developers can now get new online services quickly to market by utilizing resources from commodity hosting providers on a pay-as-you-go basis, while maintaining complete control of applications including visual operation, scaling and on-demand resource provisioning. For more information, visit http://www.3tera.com/.

About Layered Technologies

Based in Frisco Texas, Layered Technologies, Inc. is one of the five largest global providers of on-demand hosting and utility computing solutions, providing dedicated, partially managed server hosting solutions primarily for the small and medium-sized enterprise (“SME") market. They provide customers with the highest quality technology, infrastructure and support services that enable them to operate servers at secure Tier III/IV data centers, while saving them the capital and operating costs typically associated with purchasing and maintaining their own servers at co-location facilities. Layered Technologies servers and associated network facilities are used by customers to host a variety of Internet-enabled applications, including content and e-commerce Web sites, software as a service (“SaaS") offerings, online multiplayer games, shared Web site hosting services, and streaming multimedia content distribution and delivery, among other applications. For more information, visit http://www.layeredtech.com/.
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