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What does Layer Eight mean? Layer 8 is network

 jargon used to refer to a nonexistent "user" or "political" layer on top of the OSI model of computer networking. The OSI model is a 7-layer abstract model that describes an architecture of data communications for networked computers.  The top (7th) layer is the Application Layer describing methods and protocols of software applications. It is then held that the user is the 8th layer.  ( here)


Layer Eight Technology provides a full suite of information technology services designed primarily for small and medium-sized businesses and organizations.  We have extensive experience in projects for large corporate clients and other large organizations, and now specialize in making smaller systems operate with the performance and reliability characteristics of similar but much larger systems, while keeping in mind the budgets of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Layer Eight Technology combines an understanding of small business needs with big business experience.  We understand that every hour, every dollar and every customer counts, and we believe that by making your information technology system work for you, with the inherent efficiencies of a system that actually does work, that we can contribute to the success and growth of your organization.  

Our philosophy is a simple one, we believe that by partnering with our clients for their IT needs, that we will grow as our customers grow. Any partnership should be mutually beneficial, and our services are designed to reflect the flexibility and need for open communication that make the small and medium-sized business capable of reacting quickly in today's ever-changing business climate.

Please don't hesitate to contact us for any need, whether large or small. We'll provide a quick, honest assessment of the situation, and if needed, a plan that fits the needs of your business, rather than asking your business to fit the needs of our plan.

​John E. Mello



John Mello has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, working for and with companies of all sizes, from nationwide organizations to startups and entrepeneurs. John's areas of specialty include data communications, network security, server and network virtualization, business continuity, project managment, and problem resolution.

​James Knight

Vice President


James Knight has a B.S. in Computer Science and has been in the IT industry since 1988. He has worked in numerous roles from Network Engineer and Project Manager to management and ownership. James has worked in various industries but has significant experience working with law firms from 5 to hundreds of users in size.

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