IaaS provider LayerHost simplifies path for Asia companies expanding overseas
Innovation knows no geographic boundary, but country borders can create big hurdles. Asian companies seeking to expand their digital presence can turn to LayerHost, a privately held infrastructure-as-a-service provider headquartered in Los Angeles.
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A knack for identifying emerging opportunities
Mohamad Kazah, LayerHost’s founder, was a pioneer in game server hosting in the early 2000s. Recognizing the next growth opportunity, he evolved the company to offer data center services. Today, LayerHost offers infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) such as bare-metal servers, colocation, and VPS hosting, with 4 Tbps of DDoS mitigation, all underpinned by a Juniper network.
Kazah, who is fluent in Chinese, identified a perfect opportunity in the fiercely competitive data center business and began offering a simpler way for Asia-based companies to expand into the U.S. market and beyond.
Building an Asia-optimized network
LayerHost is an unofficial gateway of communications traffic between the U.S. and Asia, with fast, low-latency transit.
In Los Angeles, LayerHost is located in One Wilshire, one of the most densely connected buildings in the U.S., enabling a broad choice of global peering and cloud connections. In Houston, LayerHost operates a 350,000-square-foot data center optimized for high-performance computing and AI.
“Juniper puts the customer first. That’s what I appreciate about them,” Kazah says.
Juniper Networks® MX240 Universal Routing Platform serves as the network core and edge. Juniper Networks QFX5100 Switch forms the data center network fabric, and Juniper Networks EX4300 Ethernet Switch is used for top-of-rack switching.
Customers can deploy their own hardware or leverage LayerHost’s resources. LayerHost has a long relationship with Rackn’Stack, a specialist in data centers and global logistics, which can source and deploy the best-fit Juniper gear.
Ready for the next digital opportunity
“If the customer is not happy, then we are not happy,” Kazah says. That’s been LayerHost’s guiding principle from the first days of online game hosting: meet the needs of small businesses, developers, and multinational corporations.
LayerHost’s Asia-based customers can easily reach customers in Latin America. “First we connected our Asia-based clientele to Houston and then we’ll expand to Brazil,” Kazah says. “Gaming is very popular in Brazil, and we can help our customers deliver a better digital experience.”
Whatever the future holds—exponential traffic growth, innovative new services, or new geographic opportunities—LayerHost will be ready with its reliable, scalable, and adaptable global network from Juniper.
Published February 2021