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Experience and Recognition

Blue Layer was founded in 2002 following years of experience in the computer and networking industry, where we learned how to best meet the unique needs of businesses. As our company continues to evolve, we make it a priority to propel ourselves and our clients forward with innovations in business technology. With our focus on responsible and right-sized technology consulting, our clients benefit from our expertise in Managed Services, Cybersecurity, Disaster Recovery, Mobility and Unified Communications. 

Blue Layer’s commitment and adherence to the best practices and standards of providing managed and cloud services is reflected in our certification by the MSP Cyber Verify program. Blue Layer has also been honored with many awards including membership in the Forbes Technology Council, 2020 & 2021 Inc. 5000’s Faster Growing Private Companies in America, America’s “Top 501 Managed Service Providers” for 2014 through 2021. Additionally, we have been named to CRN’s Top MSP500 three times as a Pioneering 250 business in 2018, 2020 and 2021, and the Fast Growth 150 in 2019, along with numerous local awards within the areas we serve. Our team at Blue Layer is looking forward to earning your trust.

Choose the IT Solution that Works for Your Business

In 2002, using a business model based on superior customer service and fair pricing, we started LocalLINUX, Inc., with a mission to provide West Texas companies with Right-Sized technology services. We began with the goal to provide businesses with knowledgeable, experienced IT support and consulting. As demand for “Right-Size IT” services grew, LocalLINUX was rebranded as Blue Layer to better address the many landscapes of technology. Specializing in managed services, cloud solutions, security, networking and monitoring. Blue Layer offers its customers comprehensive technology solutions designed to fit their needs.

Leadership at Blue Layer


Michael Strong, chief operating officer

Michael has been an active member of the Lubbock community since his time as a student at Texas Tech.

Before graduating in 2003 with a degree in Management Information Systems, Michael worked his way through school as a Senior Network Engineer at a Lubbock and Dallas based internet service provider. In 2002, along with co-founder Jeromy Mallory, he created the company that would become Blue Layer.

When he’s not working to provide customers with the best technology solutions, Michael is active in the Texas Tech Athletics Department where he has been the team sports photographer for over 15 years. During his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and their three children. Together they support several charities including March of Dimes, the NICU unit at Covenant Hospital and the American Cancer Society.


Jeromy Mallory, Chief Executive officer

Jeromy is proud of his Lubbock roots. Born and raised in the Hub City, he continues to appreciate the sense of community and friendship that is unique to West Texas.


Although his love for animals led him to start his undergraduate career at Texas Tech by studying Veterinary Medicine, it didn’t take long for Jeromy to realize that his true passion was for helping people work more efficiently through technology. He changed his major and focused on gaining expertise in the technology field. By the time he graduated from Texas Tech in 2000, he had already secured a position as Head Systems and Network Administrator for NTS Communications.


When he’s not working, Jeromy stays active by practicing Jiu Jitsu and archery. He also spends time with his wife Candice and their two boys. As a family, they are active in their church community and Sunday school program.



CHRIS POWELL, Chief strategy officer

Chris has called Lubbock “home” for 31 years. After graduating from Texas State University with a degree in biology, Chris returned to Lubbock in 1997, aligned with a local insurance agency, and specialized in client development and technology advancement.  

As Vice President, Chris enjoyed 18 years focusing on company expansion within and beyond Lubbock boundaries. This included development of a new corporate wellness division to improve employee health and reduce the healthcare cost trend for employers throughout the Lubbock region. HIPAA compliance, as well as federal healthcare reform, were also top priorities in his client relationships. Transitioning to Blue Layer in 2018 as Chief Strategy Officer, Chris continues his passion of building relationships and helping local businesses achieve their goals.  

Outside of business, Chris enjoys photography, tennis with his son, Caleb; and volunteer work at the South Plains Food Bank.

Managed Services

Unlimited help desk support, 24/7 monitoring, and consulting. Our Right Sized IT Consulting™ offers managed plans to fit your
business’s needs.

Business Services
Blue Layer will equip, optimize,
and support your technology
infrastructure to improve your
business’s efficiency.

Your information drives your business. Protect your network, data, and systems from the dangers of malware, ransomware, phishing, and unauthorized access.

Unified Communications

We integrate phone, video, meetings, and messaging into one reliable, easy-to-use solution that is affordable and customizable to your unique needs.

Disastory Recovery

Don’t put your business at risk. When it comes to natural disasters and system failures, potential for data loss is not a matter of “if”, but “when.”  Protect your business with a proven recovery plan. 

Regulatory Compliance

Use our services to stay in compliance with shifting laws and regulations. We help businesses maintain efficiency while preserving HIPAA and PCI DSS compliance.


New construction or existing offices, our team handles it all. We work with you or contractors, from beginning to end, to provide exactly what you need.

Security Camera

Impossibly simple to deploy, configure, and manage, Blue Layer provides reliable security and valuable business insights to organizations of any scale.


We’ll help select a competitively priced provider who fits your technology needs, make sure installation is a breeze, and monitor to avoid interruptions.