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Canadian Web Hosting and AURO attends OpenStack SV 2014

AURO's Regional Sales Director Chloe Tottem with CEO and Founder of Cloudscaling Randy Bias

OpenStack is a free and open-source software cloud computing platform that began as a joint project between NASA and Rackspace. It is currently managed by OpenStack Foundation and more than 200 companies have joined the project, including AMD, Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, Mirantis, Oracle, VMware, and Yahoo!.

In April this year, OpenStack Foundation launched its ninth milestone release – Icehouse. Its focus is on testing and stability, as well as compatibility with third-party hardware and software configurations. It now supports 16 international languages. Icehouse’s core element, “Trove”, was promoted alongside other new programs that will be providing users with more options to plug into their cloud. These include OpenStack Bare Metal (Ironic), OpenStack Messaging (Marconi), and OpenStack Data Processing (Sahara).

Canadian Web Hosting and AURO attended OpenStack Silicon Valley 2014 on Tuesday, September 16th. It featured influentials from the OpenStack community, including the likes of CEO and Founder of Cloudscaling Randy Bias, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation Jonathan Bryce, and Senior Technical Director at Mirantis Greg Elkinbard. It has been a big year for OpenStack, with new releases intending to make cloud services more user-friendly and simple to implement. Companies are also working on the OpenStack backend for compatibility with other cloud services.

Founded in 2014, AURO, a Canadian Web Hosting company, is powered by OpenStack and is Canada’s only Enterprise-grade Public Cloud service. It was created for users that could benefit from a highly scalable and agile environment for hosting needs. One single dashboard allows customers to create, control, and deploy cloud infrastructures and keep their data within Canada. It has the ability to rapidly provision and achieve repeatable results. Paired with a high level of security and easy integration with new technologies, AURO helps enterprises, businesses, ISPs, developers, and Telco’s to cost-effectively manage a multitude of web sites and applications in Canada’s first enterprise public cloud.


Sheila W.



Need a web-hosting company? Some key factors to help you choose:

Most businesses have their own website now and it is essential that the web-hosting provider is secure so data and business isn’t lost through malicious hacking or downtime. But how do we choose a reliable web-hosting company? Here are some factors to consider:

1.  Customer support
If any issues arise, whether your site is down or data is missing, it is essential that your web-hosting provider is there to support you. Settle for nothing less than 24/7 customer support so that your issues can be resolved in a timely manner. Make sure you can get help anytime and wherever you are located.

2.  Reliability
Check out the web-hosting provider’s guarantee of uptime. You want a reliable service and your website to have maximum exposure to potential business. Where 100% server uptime does not exist (if a company guarantees that, it is false), there are definitely web-hosting providers that will meet expectations of 99.9% - 99.99999% guaranteed uptime. Also make sure they provide backup services or other options to secure your data.

3.  Guarantee
Just like when we shop for any other product, we want to have the freedom to return something we don’t like or doesn’t fit our needs. Look for web-hosting companies that offer at least a 30-day guarantee or pro-rated money back guarantee. This trial period will let you cancel your service early with less penalty.

4.  Options
Check out the web-hosting provider’s website. A solid company will offer you flexible plans and a variety of packages to suit your needs. Compare the prices and inquire about differences in rate. If you’re looking for a web-hosting plan to resell web space, make sure there are reseller plan options.

5.  Extra charges
Are there limitations in your plan, such as bandwidth? Providers will often charge extra when you exceed your plan restrictions and as a result, your site could go offline. Check and compare that these prices are reasonable and that the company will keep your site online when these charges are paid off.

6.  Discounts
Once you have narrowed down a few choices, chat with the sales representatives to inquire about discounts and special offers. Many providers will offer free software installers or domain names.

7.  Reputation
Finally, check reputability of a company. Instead of using forums or other unreliable sources, consider looking into accredited business directories with ratings, such as the Better Business Bureau.


Sheila W.



Is Your House Smart?

Are the dishes done? Are your clothes spinning or rinsing? Have you made the weekly grocery list? Though the majority of us still need to physically check the dishwasher, the washing machine and the refrigerator to determine the phase of our household chores, many have made the switch to smart appliances. While smart appliances can and will relay to you the progress of its task, they have the capability to do so much more by utilizing cloud technology, truly altering the way we live at home.

Smart houses go beyond washers, dryers, and dishwashers, in fact, smart technology can be found in your home’s lighting, windows, doors and many other fixtures that can be installed into every room of your house. Acquired by Google for $3.2 Billion in early 2014, Nest presents a strong front when it comes to thermostatic technology in your home. This “must have” gadget of 2014 is changing the way we heat our homes, and saving us money along the way. After making your initial heating/cooling settings, Nest will learn and adapt to your preferences—with the help of cloud-based technology, keeping costs low, and saving energy. We live in a time where technology adapts to our preferences, learns our habits and continually changes to fit our needs. Dads around the world can rest easy knowing that no one touched the thermostat, it changed all by itself.

Though household appliances and gadgets are making the smart transition, the increasing number of apps required to manage them are beginning to take up space on our mobile devices. This opens the door for companies like Apple, who recently announced their arrival into the smart home revelation with HomeKit, and Google (who has yet to actually launch an app, but will most likely follow in Apple’s footsteps) to consolidate the information into one seamless application. In the not so distant future will we be able to control our entire house, from the front door to the back, from any mobile devise around the world. This concept may seem overwhelming but cloud-based technology allows us to access information from nearly any port around the world, eliminating the tether felt between us and our possessions.

If you’re the type of person who needs an app telling you when to drink water, how many calories you’ve burned, what to have for dinner…etc., then this is an investment you should consider. Making the transition to smart technology will not only save you time and money, but it also offers piece of mind to home owners concerned with the safety and security of their house and family. Additionally, many of these appliances and gadgets are environmentally friendly (for those who are actively trying to reduce their carbon footprint). Conversely, for those still yearning for a tech-free world, a basic fridge will suffice, and you can live happily knowing who controls the thermostat.



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Where Startups Get Their Start


Incubators and Accelerators have gained momentum in recent years (primarily outside the tech world) so much so, even HBO has dedicated a series to this venture. Evidently, there is a large audience of people—both tech-savvy and other, eager to learn how geeky college drop-outs can become billionaires essentially overnight.

What’s the difference between an incubator and an accelerator anyway? An accelerator is a condensed, structured program (typically 3-4 months) that aims to rapidly grow the size and value of the subsequent company.  An incubator, however, fosters an idea developed internally. There is no specific timeline, to which the project may or may not have an overall goal.  Incubators provide a level of support and similar to accelerators, that is, an intricate network of connections, opportunities and resources.

So you have a great idea, but you need to know which incubators supply the most heat? There are several factors to consider before selecting your curator. Do your research on incubators you are interested in and find out as much information as possible on your potential mentor. Ideally, you’d want to work with someone who can give you valuable advice while also remaining critically objective. Whether you are seeking an accelerator or an incubator, consider the costs associated with each option. Various rent fees may be applicable, not to mention the prospective capital your mentor may be entitled to. Choosing a launch pad sets the course of your startup and the right one can make or break a company, because after all, the dream is to be acquired by Google, right?

Canadian Web Hosting and CA Cloud proudly sponsor Zen Launchpad—a local incubator and accelerator, conveniently located across the harbor from Canadian Web Hosting’s downtown office, in North Vancouver. As the premier North Shore startup hub and collaborative workspace, Zen offers entrepreneurs the support they need to jump start their ideas (not that we’re biased or anything.). Other larger, Canadian launch pads include GrowLab, nGen and INcubes.

Once you’ve chosen your incubation site, there are hundreds of annual startup competitions your business can participate in for cash prizes and international exposure. Depending on the particular goals of your company, this may be the road you intend to take. From major US competitions like Tech Crunch’s Disrupt Cup (as seen on Season 1 of Silicon Valley), to smaller, local events such as the Grizzly Den Elevator Pitch Contest (Last year’s event was held at Zen Launchpad), there is guaranteed to be a competition best suited to your particular business.

Wherever, or whomever you chose to collaborate your idea with, be sure to do your research and understand both the risks and benefits associated with incubators and accelerators. Ultimately, your launch pad and mentor is there to help foster and grow your company in order for it to reach its full potential.



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Ubuntu 14.04 Server LTS Released

One of the most well-known and stable Linux distributions that Canadian Web Hosting provides to customers is Ubuntu Linux for servers. There is a lot of buzz about Ubuntu's latest release that integrates several new and exciting technologies.  The latest version, 14.04 LTS, will be supported and maintained for the next 5 years.  Businesses considering migrating their existing servers including dedicated and cloud based servers, this enhanced operating system may be the right choice for their implementation.

Similar to recent developments with OpenStack, developers have taken a leading role and have helped move this release towards increased advanced interoperability with OpenStack platforms.  Similar to Canadian Web Hosting’s OpenStack deployment, this advancement is due in large part to collaborations with well-known tech providers such as OpenStack, Cisco, Dell and many more.   Some of the updated features include:

  1. Support ARM64 processors
  2. Rapid deployment and scaling services
  3. Desktop and server based

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be a great addition for everyone from the average home user to enterprise level cloud based infrastructures. The brand new addition is available through Canadian Web Hosting but also you can also from Canonical’s Ubuntu downloads section:

The most updated version of Ubuntu 14.04 will be available for both our traditional Virtual Private Servers (VPS), dedicated servers as well as our cloud based servers. If you are interested in upgrading your operation system, or want to know more about how Ubuntu and other Linux distributions can work for you contact our support team for assistance at 1-888-821-7888 or by email at

Matt McKinney