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5 Ways to Make Your Cloud Application as Unbreakable as Wolverine

Wolverine is one of the most awesome superheroes in the Marvel Universe. It’s not because of his fierceness, the fact that he’s Canadian, or the fact that he has indestructible metal claws coming out of his fists. It’s because no matter what happens to him, no matter what harm he endures, he has a healing factor that lets him come back and continue to fight, time and time again. Wolverine can push bullets out from his wounds to heal, or regenerate from an atomic blast if he has to. He is the ultimate example of resilience and a metaphor for what you want in a cloud application — a... Continued

What Amazon’s Recent Service Disruption Means for Cloud Computing

Image credit: XKCD What happened? 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. Among these were the AWS SQS (Simple Queue Service), EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), CloudWatch (resource... Continued

Canada’s Cloud IaaS SOC 2 Certified

cloud.ca, Canada’s cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), has earned its SOC 2 type 1 certification. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants created the SOC (Service Organization Control) reporting platform in order to streamline reporting on accounting practices. While SOC 1 compliance covers business and financial policies, SOC 2 is designed to understand internal controls at a service organization as it relates to the newly instituted Trust Service Principles (TSPs): security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy. SOC 2 compliance is... Continued

Renewable Energy for
Canada’s IaaS Cloud

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. The essence of cloud computing is environmentally friendly; it allows businesses to use and pay for the right amount of IT resources at the right time, rather... Continued

Three Reasons to Use a Regional Cloud IaaS

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? For many years the answer was a resounding “no”.  And so we built cloud.ca, a regional IaaS and leading contender in the next wave of cloud... Continued

cloud.ca Demo at Citrix Synergy

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. In this video, our CEO, Ian Rae explains certain key functionalities of cloud.ca, as well as shows off its user friendly UI and reporting features. Take a tour of Ninja Software to see how our virtual private clouds allow for segregated resources for specific usage including production, dev test, end-user compute and web... Continued

cloud.ca Goes to Citrix Synergy

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. As a gold partner, we have attended this event many times but this was our first year as a sponsor in the cloud infrastructure pavilion. We were there to promote cloud.ca, a Citrix Ready Canadian IaaS, that can support end-user compute workloads. We had lots of attendees come by our booth to learn about how... Continued

The Canadian Cloud According to cloud.ca

Cloud computing’s roots lie in the evolution of on-demand computing and computer networks. It has benefitted from important developments in virtualization, resource allocation and shared architectures. Now there is a true Canadian (Infrastructure as a Service) IaaS cloud. Cloud computing is attracting more and more Canadian companies, as it positively affects an organization’s strategy. It promotes innovation through the use of new applications developed in cloud environments. It also lowers the overall cost of ownership and maximises IT investment. Cloud computing offers an open and... Continued

cloud.ca Object Storage; An Efficient and User-friendly Web Interface

A well designed object storage platform provides developers with an efficient way to access, store, protect and distribute their digital content independently. Object storage on cloud.ca cloud.ca’s object navigator feature allows you to easily view the contents of your object storage service. cloud.ca uses open source technology from OpenStack, a project that enables infrastructure as a service. The OpenStack SWIFT project is an open source cloud file storage solution. “We use OpenStack SWIFT to store and retrieve files using an API. It is designed to be tolerant of failure and to provide... Continued

The Three Stages of Cloud

The cloud is a powerful tool for business. Many company leaders are still debating whether or not to even use the cloud, without envisioning how the cloud can shape their long term strategy.  This article aims to help resolve this debate by identifying the different stages of the cloud and the objectives that are attainable with each one. The first phase of cloud use is Optimization. During this period, a company uses the cloud to incrementally improve their internal operations as well as their customer facing value propositions.  Currently, this is the stage that many companies are still... Continued