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15May/130

Canadian Web Hosting Joins OpenStack Foundation and Sets Date for Launch of Public Cloud Build on OpenStack Software

Canadian Web Hosting - OpenStack Foundation-Sponsor

Canadian Web Host and Cloud Hosting provider Canadian Web Hosting has announced its commitment to support the development of OpenStack, an open source cloud computing platform, and has announced that it has joined the OpenStack Foundation as corporate sponsor.

Canadian Web Hosting has been integrating OpenStack into its existing Canadian Cloud Hosting infrastructure at http://www.cacloud.com for several months now and will be expanding its available cloud hosting service models this summer to companies and their development teams looking to benefit from OpenStacks high-performance cloud environment without the typical vendor lock in associated with cloud services. Canadian Web Hosting's cloud services will deliver repeatability, usability and massive scalability to its users combined with the corporate governance and SSAE 16 certification.   With the promise of OpenStack, and its open standards for both public and private clouds, companies in and outside of Canada will benefit from the new open source cloud computing platform that delivers easy to use infrastructure-as-a-service, while benefiting from Canada’s robust privacy and security regulations to protect their data.

“As a company, the OpenStack Foundation provides a platform that gives us the ability to continue supporting the open source community that has been a big part of our company since 1998.  More importantly, we will be doing something a bit different by not only offering our corporate support behind the platform but also reaching out to our customers and working with them to join our efforts in increasing the footprint of Canadian Web Hosting within the community and supporting several of the interrelated projects within the platform.  It’s a unique proposition and we are excited to be working with our customer’s hand-in-hand to bring these cutting edge technologies to Canada,” said Matt McKinney, Director at Canadian Web Hosting.

Back in March of 2013, Canadian Web Hosting expanded its Canadian Cloud Hosting services to include multiple cloud server locations across Canada including Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON.  “The purpose behind our cloud services was always to give customers an easy-to-use, highly reliable cloud hosting environment that enables companies to meet their corporate governance requirements,” said Matt McKinney.   For customers interested in a cloud built on OpenStack software, they can get more information on their website at http://www.canadianwebhosting.com/canadianopenstackhosting or by emailing sales@canadianwebhosting.com.

Information on OpenStack can be found on: http://www.openstack.org

About Canadian Web Hosting

Since 1998, Canadian Web Hosting has been providing on-demand hosting solutions that include Shared hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers, and IT as a Service for Canadian companies of all sizes. Through the use of innovative technologies and experienced support personnel, they continually focus on helping each customer by offering configurable solutions that are tailored to their exacting business requirements. Canadian Web Hosting maintains a SSAE16 Type II certification and guarantees 100% network availability, and a total money back guarantee. Customers can get help by calling 1-888-821-7888 to get basic support. For more information, follow them on Twitter at @cawebhosting and https://www.facebook.com/canadianwebhosting.

12May/130

Canadian Web Hosting Prepares OpenStack Cloud Release

This blog article is the first of several introducing the Openstack Cloud Software platform and it’s capabilities for customers looking for an enterprise grade cloud platform.  In the months ahead Canadian Web Hosting will be releasing an updated CA Cloud powered by OpenStack. With this, our customers will have immediate access to a repeatable, reliable and massively scalable cloud service where customers can create, or move existing cloud workloads (including AWS) without vendor lock in.  More importantly, customers have the ability for the first time to fully maintain control of where and how their data is stored and benefit from Canada’s rigorous security and privacy regulations.  Once deployed the CA Cloud will deliver the first OpenStack Cloud platform that is 100% Canadian-owned and –operated.

 

So, what is OpenStack? At a high level, it is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform built entirely of Open Source technologies.  Listed below, are some high level descriptions of some of the key components within OpenStack as well as some of the tools and technologies that are supposed.

 

Canadian Web Hosting recently attended the OpenStack Summit in Portland, Oregon where the OpenStack community introduced its seventh major release of the cloud software named “Grizzly.”  This new release added enhanced the software and brought almost 230 new features to the various aspects of the platform, including changes to the core OpenStack Compute (also known as Nova) components where support was added for managing distributed clusters as "Cells" and a new "NoDB" architecture that significantly reduces reliance on any type of centralized database.   Because many companies and enterprises are using “proprietary technologies, OpenStack deftly added support for technologies ESX, KVM, Xen and Hyper-V hypervisors, which Canadian Web Hosting is offering and supporting our customers today.   This will greatly increase the adoption rate and make it easier for enterprises and service providers like Canadian Web Hosting to remove vendor lock in and add services based on need rather than a specific technology.  You also have new functionality for almost instant bare metal provisioning of nodes, protocols for shared storage, and hot add/remove support for network devices.  So, let’s look at some of the specific features within the OpenStack Cloud platform.

 

There are two different types of storage available within OpenStack – Object Storage and Block Storage.  With “Swift,” the Object Storage component of OpenStack now let’s us apply a specific quota to control the expansion of object storage and lets us streamline operations by performing bulk operations over large/many clusters.   To achieve this, cross-origin resource sharing has been added to allow browsers to directly connect to resources in the storage cloud and improve the scalability of web applications which use the object storage as a content resource. Alternatively to Swift, “Cinder” or Block Storage technology, has acquired an intelligent scheduler to manage storage allocation based on workload and has added drivers for backend storage including Cep/RBDh, EMC, HP, IBM, NetApp, and even Red Hat's Gluster.

 

On the networking side, “Quantum” has seen its significant enhancements and has increased supported technologies grow from technologies like Open vSwitch, Cisco UCS/Nexus, Linux Bridge, Nicira, Ryu OpenFlow and NEC OpenFlow to now also include Big Switch, Hyper-V, Brocade and Midonet.  Improvements in scalability have been achieved by utilizing a more dynamic approach to sacal and distributing L3, L4 and DHCP across multiple servers.  One of my favorites is the addition of a new framework and API for Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS), which has been included to allow further development on this theme.   There has been some significant growth in networking and you now have many of the leading networking companies building code and looking to implement enhancements including within Software Defined Networking (SDN).

 

Within the "Horizon" dashboard, there is increased flexibility and customers will see better multilingual support with many subtle user improvements.  You also have features like networking and the above mentioned Load Balancing as a Service features, now surfaced on the cloud.   With any cloud service focused on the enterprise, authentication and security will continue to be a top priority.  “Keystone” OpenStacks Identity technology has adopted a new token format, which has improved performance and no longer requires tokens to be authenticated online only.  There are also been significant improvements multi-tenant support for groups, impersonation, role-based access, and more delegation capabilities so administrators have greater control over their services and users.

 

Over the weeks ahead, we will continue to dive into the technology and provide back ground on Canadian Web Hosting’s deployment of OpenStack and the significant advantages it gives our customers.   We will also be announcing our participation in the OpenStack Foundation and some really great initiatives we are implementing with our customers to help build the community and foster Canadian principles as the OpenStack platform continues to grow.  For more information on Canadian Web Hosting is doing with OpenStack, or to participate in our beta program, email us at sales@canadianwebhosting.com.

 

17Jan/130

WordCamp Victoria 2013 Recap

Last Saturday, Canadian Cloud Hosting (www.cacloud.com) proudly sponsored WordCamp Victoria 2013 at the platinum level and as expected and as anticipated, we knew that our team would enjoy spending the day with a community full of WordPress enthusiasts. We even got to meet Miss 604 (one of Canada’s most famous independent bloggers) who’s known as Rebecca Bollwitt and we even had the pleasure to raffle off a signed copy of her latest book. During our session, we enjoyed sharing our one-click WordPress install feature and some of our web hosting packages. The University of Victoria was a great venue to spend time with both passionate users, eager developers and many bloggers for an entire day of learning and connecting.

Our team with WordCamp Victoria organizer, Paul Holmes

On our Facebook Page, we snapped a few pictures during the event and we also took the time to capture a round up of some of the attendees' own recaps including other relevant links below. If we missed yours, we invite you to tweet us your link at @cawebhosting or leave us a comment below. Overall, WordCamp Victoria was a great success and we look forward to sponsoring more community events this year.

 

WordCamp Victoria (@yyjWordCamp) 2013 recaps #WCV13

On Saturday, January 12th, 2013 from 8 am to 5 pm at the University of Victoria campus, Canadian Cloud Hosting (www.cacloud.com) was the proud platinum sponsor of WordCamp Victoria 2013. If you'd like us to add your recaps or relevant content, please tweet us at @cawebhosting.

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8Jan/130

Canadian Web Hosting Expands Cloud Shared Hosting in Canada with New Shared Cloud Hosting With VMware

Leading Canadian Web Hosting Provider Canadian Web Hosting Expands Their Shared Cloud Hosting Services and Announces Launch of All Canadian Premium Cloud Shared Hosting Plans Built On VMware

Vancouver, British Columbia, January 8, 2013

Canadian Web Hosting, the leading provider of web hosting and infrastructure services in Canada, today announced the extension of its Shared Cloud Web Hosting services by launching new Linux- and Windows-based Cloud Shared Hosting services that give shared hosting customers improved reliability, industry leading virtualization and capabilities of more expensive cloud-based solutions without the cost and challenges of managing their own virtual server.

In combination with their SSAE 16 Type II (formerly SAS70) certifications, Canadian Web Hosting's Cloud Shared Hosting solutions address the needs of small businesses and web hosting users who have high uptime requirements, want the benefits that cloud virtualization can provide, but want the ease of a shared hosting environment including use of cPanel or Plesk control panels. With Shared Cloud Hosting, Canadian Web Hosting becomes the first Canadian web host to offer shared hosting built on top of VMware giving its customers a unique advantage. Starting as low as $12.00 per month, Canadian companies of all sizes can now leverage on-demand cloud shared hosting, automatic failover, resource distribution and the reassurance that their sites will remain online avoiding many common issues associated with Shared Hosting.

Unlike traditional shared hosting plans that are built on top of a single dedicated server, Shared Cloud Hosting uses clusters of enterprise-grade Dell Servers that utilize hardware-based SANs for maximum performance. When combined with enterprise-grade VMware virtualization, customers have the protection of redundant hardware failover, the simplicity of shared hosting, and can be assured that all customer data will remain in Canada. Each Shared Cloud Hosting plan, current and new clients, will get highly redundant dedicated server and networking components that yield a higher-level of performance and availability for their critical infrastructure, automated backup services, easy 1-click application installations and immediate access to the control panel of their choice. This is something that is not always possible in typical Public Clouds today especially for shared hosting."

"Whether it is Linux or Windows, our Cloud Shared Hosting plans are a game changer for Canadian customers and businesses. Traditionally, if you wanted the benefits of virtualization, you had to look at a virtual server or service offering that required technical resources to manage that server. More importantly, many of those same services are located in a country that doesn’t allow customers to meet their privacy requirements with their cloud-based data,” said Matt McKinney, Director at Canadian Web Hosting. “Unlike some of our competitors who use third party resources, our Cloud Shared Hosting plans were built from the ground up using proven Six Sigma methodologies that incorporate the voice of our customer. We recognize that security and geography are just as important as the technology. Our plans are tailored specifically for customers looking for the simplicity of a shared hosting environment, and want to utilize the benefits of a cloud environment where features like automatic failover and geographic control are included. We’ve recognized from day one that not every customer has the resources to invest in expensive hardware or complicated load-balanced, multi-server configurations. We want to make the benefits of the cloud available to everyone and lower the short- and long-term costs to get access to enterprise-grade cloud hosting services.”

Canadian Web Hosting's certified support teams can help manage the servers 24/7 and every server that includes cPanel or Plesk with regular backup snapshots to help keep data protected and scalability with unlimited email and storage. In addition, customers get the ability to one-click install many leading applications like Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, MySQL and many more.

For more information, visit them at http://www.canadianwebhosting.com, or get the latest news by following them on Twitter at @cawebhosting and on Facebook. This information can also be found on their press room or you may also view other related media content on their Pinterest page.

Kevin Liang
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1Jan/130

Canadian Cloud Hosting Sponsors WordCamp Victoria 2013

A happy new year 2013 means new events to sponsor!

Two months ago, we had the pleasure to sponsor WordCamp and BuddyCamp 2012 in Vancouver and with less than two weeks to go, we're proud to announce that Canadian Cloud Hosting is going to sponsor WordCamp Victoria 2013. What a fun way for our team to kick off the new year with the tech community! We love how dynamic the WordPress community is no matter which area we find ourselves in. The event welcomes users and developers of all levels including bloggers, small business owners, designers and any other WordPress enthusiasts. Our team is quite familiar with the day format and we're anticipating this event to be another great learning experience for every attendees. Their motto goes as such, "The definitive educational event for WordPress enthusiasts" and we are super excited to be a part of this event!

Hosted on January 12th, 2013 at the University of Victoria

WordCamp Victoria will be held on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 from 8 am to 5 pm at the University of Victoria campus. Tickets are only $20 excluding HST.  The full line up of speakers covers a wide range of interest including sessions like Plugin Development 101, Non-Technical Hacks for WordPress Content Marketing, and even, WordPress Security. Our very own session from 1:00 to 1:50 pm is called "Webhosting 101: One-Click WordPress Install" with Kings and Matt that will be catered to beginner to intermediate users looking to learn more about setting up their own sites and for those users who are looking to learn more about webhosting as a whole.

If you're planning on attending, we invite you to stop by our table to introduce yourself and especially, since we'll be raffling off some great prizes including Miss 604's latest book through a Twitter contest, some free hosting and we'll even have some free teeshirts for you to take home. 2013 is here and as a company, we would like to continue showing our community involvement and commitment to give back to our local, tech community.

Finally, please, don't forget that you can connect with us ahead of time on social media through Twitter at @cawebhosting, or through our Facebook Page. See you in Victoria, BC!

Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru