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Management Team

Abhijit Phanse

Abhijit is the CEO of UnitedLayer, a premier North American Hybrid Cloud company. He is also the Managing Partner of Accelon Capital, a mid-market private equity firm, where he led the acquisition of UnitedLayer. He has 18 years of experience in starting, growing, and leading technology businesses. Previously, Abhijit co-founded Scintera (acquired by NYSE: INPHI and NASDAQ: MXIM) and was its CEO. Scintera is the leading provider of high performance signal processing semiconductors for networking and wireless applications. Prior to starting Scintera, Abhijit held management positions at National Semiconductor where he led the development and commercialization of three generations of Ethernet Networking products. Abhijit has an MS in Management from Stanford Business School, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has authored numerous publications and has over 50 US patents. He enjoys wind surfing, hiking, and playing the guitar. He and his wife have two young sons.

Aaron Hughes
Chief Network Architect

Aaron joined UnitedLayer in December of 2007 and is currently its Chief Network Architect. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is responsible for all network topology planning, design, and operations. Aaron also works with the design team at Lockheed Martin Transformational Satellite (TSAT) Communications ground-based Mission Operations System (TMOS) program (a $2.02 billion cost-plus award fee contract). Prior to joining UnitedLayer, Aaron was VP of Technology at Terremark World Wide, Inc., a leading operator of integrated Tier-1 Network Access Points (NAPs) and best-in-class network services. Prior to joining Terremark, Aaron led operations, sales engineering and planning, and design as VP of Operations at YellowBrix - a content distribution company based on proprietary technology which uses Artificial Intelligence, linguistic pattern analysis, and entity identification to contextually analyze information and deliver it to clients. Aaron has also held network and system architecture roles at Certainty Solutions, Quest Technologies, RCN, UltraNet, and Channel 1 Communications.

Shrish Kulkarni
VP, Operations

Shrish Kulkarni, Vice President of Operations has 23 years of experience in Operations Leadership, Technical/Project Management, also HR & Business Administration. Shrish is leading many key transformational initiatives like structural transition, automation of process through introduction of new tools and systems, improvising robust security practices and launching of UnitedLayer India team. With a sharp focus on execution, technical leadership and operations experience Shrish will be instrumental in driving best-in-class operational performance. This will further enable customers, empower employees and lay the foundation to a continuous improvement of UnitedLayer’s offerings and diverse expertise. Shrish has worked with companies like India Heritage Foundation, MindTree Ltd, HealthAsyst and Wipro technologies. With MindTree Ltd he was instrumental in steering organizational transformation initiatives to support company’s massive growth and accelerate operational excellence. He has a diverse experience in the field of global operations management—administration, infrastructure, travel, immigration, procurement, and sustainability. Shrish received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College. He is also involved in voluntary causes of the environment, children education and health support.  

Ramesh Jadhav
VP, Products and Technology

Ramesh Jadhav, Vice President of Products and Technology, is responsible for Products, Product Development, Technologies, Product Marketing and Sales Enablement. Ramesh has 20 years of experience in Technical Operations, Information Security, Compliance and Design/Implementation and supporting high SLA Infrastructure geographically distributed around the world. Prior to joining UnitedLayer he was part of Host Analytics as a VP, Technical Operations and Trust and was responsible for service delivery of EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) cloud offering and Trust. He has also been part of organizations like CA Technologies, 8x8, Inc., Verisign where he has acquired design & implementation experience with the technologies & products building multi-cloud solutions using public & private clouds in line with industry standard security and compliance requirements. Ramesh got his degree from the University of Mumbai and BS, V J Technical Institute, Mumbai.  

Tim Torres
VP of Technical Operations

Timothy Torres is an accomplished Senior Technology Executive with over 20 years of success within the IT industry across the online services, software, and security/compliance sectors. Leveraging extensive experience in cloud computing design, deployment, technical operations, service delivery, and security, he is a valuable asset for tech companies working on their design & architecture phase or on business transformation to a hybrid, private, or public cloud-based approach. His broad areas of expertise include cloud computing services, enterprise software, SaaS, data centers, information security, and managed services. He has held leadership positions at technology companies including Sysomos, NICE Systems, Merced Systems, Oracle Corp., and Siebel Systems. Tim holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Santa Clara University, and an MBA in Technology & Innovation from San Jose State University.    

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Headquartered in San Francisco, California - one of the most networked Internet points of presence in the world - UnitedLayer provides its customers with Hybrid Cloud Hosting Expertise, offering colocation, managed services, public and private clouds and business continuity solutions.



  • San Francisco Data Center
       200 Paul Ave Suite 110 (HQ)
       San Francisco, CA 94124
  • Los Angeles Data Center
       530 West 6th Street
       Los Angeles, CA 90014
  • Las Vegas Data Center
       7135 S. Decatur Blvd
       Las Vegas, NV, 89118

  • Ashburn Data Center
       21715 Filigree Court
       Ashburn, VA, 20147
  • Toronto Data Center
       27 Buttermill Avenue
       Vaughan, ON Canada,
       L4K 3X1
  • Vancouver Data Center
       555 West Hastings Street
       Vancouver, BC, Canada,
       V6B 4N6