With the increasing maturity of cloud.ca in the Canadian market and the recent revocation of the EU Safe Harbour agreement for US-based companies, the time was right to assess and report on the state of jurisdictional compliance and data sovereignty in Canada and how it relates to the cloud. In general, global software companies, globalized enterprise shared services, and government related organizations are driving large demand for Canadian owned and operated cloud infrastructure, and we are excited about the future of delivering secure API-centric utility infrastructure, unlocking agility and cost effective IT.
Rules of the new on-demand architecture
Cloud computing represents a significant shift in IT strategy. Now that applications run on virtual infrastructure—independent of the underlying machinery—they are portable and therefore give third-party providers the opportunity to sell computing as a utility.
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Amazon Web Services experienced a service disruption for 8 hours and 33 minutes on Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 2:19 AM PDT to 10:52 AM PDT. The outage, which affected its US-EAST–1 North Virginia location, began with a network disruption that significantly increased error rates on Amazon’s DynamoDB (NoSQL database) service. This led to a cascade whereby some 37 other AWS services would begin to falter and show increased error rates for API requests.
cloud.ca, Canada’s cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), has earned its SOC 2 type 1 certification.
Renewable energy has been the hot topic in the cloud industry lately. Data centres for big players like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google require a lot of power, and I mean a LOT of power. One data centre consumes the equivalent energy of about 25,000 homes per year. Data centres are major sources of energy consumption and there is growing pressure on companies to be more socially responsible and to operate sustainably.
CloudOps has been helping companies leverage the power of cloud services for nearly as long as cloud services have been around. We were early adopters and evangelists of AWS and open source cloud technologies such as OpenStack, CloudStack and Docker. We understood the value of API-driven, self-service scalable infrastructure, and so did our customers. However, as the industry matured, we kept getting the same question: can I do this in Canada?
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Recent European Union data protection regulation is pushing clouds back to the new world.
10 ms away from the Patriot Act
Many of the early adopters of our Canadian IaaS, cloud.ca, were organizations that write software and want to run it inside Canadian legal jurisdiction because they or their customers prefer Canada's laws for data protection and data privacy.
CloudOps is often asked to provide proposals for organizations migrating to cloud IaaS from their local or self-managed physical servers by people very experienced with virtualization, SANs and dedicated servers. Questions frequently come up about what level of RAID we use in cloud storage and how long it takes to increase the storage amount available to a server. There is also concern with using network storage, as it is perceived to be slower.
cloud.ca is a Citrix Ready verified regional IaaS, meaning that it is trusted to enhance Citrix solutions for cloud infrastructure and end-user compute workloads. As such, we were invited to demo our platform at Citrix Synergy a couple of weeks ago in Orlando, FL.
Earlier this month a CloudOps team attended Citrix Synergy in Orlando, FL. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's a three day event for Citrix partners and customers focused on enterprise mobility, not to mention a great place to network and have a bit of fun.