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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

Jurisdiction Matters; Cloud IaaS Threatened in Europe and Thrives in Canada

Image credit: Jessica Borutski 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. Many of our clients want to use  both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and cloud.ca, depending on which customers (American or non-American) they are serving. We believe Canada is a great location for... Continued

Three Reasons Why cloud.ca IaaS Cloud Storage Will Upset You

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. Our answers surprise people, and upset their beliefs. Our cloud IaaS offers a network block storage service that provides the redundancy, performance... Continued

Webinar Introducing cloud.ca,
Canada’s Cloud IaaS

Learn about the benefits of our Canadian cloud infrastructure in this webinar. A short demo is also included to illustrate the self-service aspects of our Infrastructure as a Service.  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