With so many cloud storage options on the market, the services we use often overlap. It’s not uncommon to have an account on Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Amazon Cloud Drive, and then be registered for some backup services like Backblaze or Mozy. Others rotate between storing their photos on Flickr or SmugMug. But how do we choose the right service to store our data? Or a better question – what services do we actually need?
Some of the services mentioned above are free to use, but often with limited data. Some are inexpensive for a lot of storage, but the cost of multiple accounts add up to expensive storage. Many of us also sync these services on our device – this could be a mobile phone or laptop. We do this to save time and to have all the files accessible from anywhere, but it also slows down our devices and wastes bandwidth.
Why don’t most of us stick with one storage option then? The issue is that all these services are each unique but not a single one solves all our storage needs.
For example, using Dropbox means Google Docs can’t open files stored there. If we store on Google Drive, then iOS apps that only support iCloud won’t be able to access those files. We know that services within its own brand work well together, such as Apple, Microsoft, or Google, but often are not compatible with their competitors. One exception is Microsoft making Dropbox accessible in Office for iOS (bonus points). Another problem is the variation in privacy and security between cloud storage services. They are also developed differently (e.g. how it saves older versions of files) and use different APIs for integrating third-party products.
To solve this, we can follow these tips:
- Maximize compatibility – sign up for the cloud storage option that is most widely supported by apps. This would probably be a service like Dropbox, which is supported by iOS, Android and Linux platforms.
- Minimize redundancy – by minimizing the amount of services we use, cloud storage becomes simpler. Stick with a few that cover different requirements.
- Understand the difference between cloud storage and cloud backup – cloud services that are for “storage” are usually better at syncing files across devices. These services copy your files to servers and allow retrieval from your difference devices. Cloud “backup” services are better at data restoration and encryption.
- Keep the clouds separate – keep your files stored on one cloud service only to avoid confusion about where things are. Syncing clouds can be a waste of effort and money. Only use aggregator services when necessary (when you really have no idea where things are or is just starting to get organized).
Startup Week is back in Vancouver, with featured events including Devlops Day, Insights on Innovation, Techvibes Tech Fest Jobfair, Fireside Chat with Dan Martell (founder of Clarity), Vancouver Impact, and much more. (View the full schedule here.)
We’re excited to be attending these events that feature workshops to help startups and tech businesses. Canadian Web Hosting is a big supporter of new businesses and host for many small to big ones, many of which have been with us from the beginning of their ventures.
With Canadian Web Hosting, startups can rely on experts for guidance and tech support so that you can focus on building your new product and growing business.
Founder and General Manager of KATS Sy Silverberg, is a retired physician. At age 72, he and his wife Catarina wanted to give back to their community and so they started their own non-profit society to provide children in poor financial circumstances with an opportunity to play tennis for free.
Board of Tennis BC presents Sy Silverberg with 2014 "Excellence Award"/KATS
Sy wanted to help these children foster physical, emotional, and social well-being. He believed in setting kids up for success so that they can develop a sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Physical activity would also provide significant benefits in a society where childhood obesity is climbing at an alarming rate.
Besides free equipment and instruction, KATS employs the Tennis Canada “progressive tennis” approach. KATS uses age-appropriate racquets, courts, and balls because adult-intended equipment can be overwhelming and frustrating for younger people to use. Sy believes that this will help build their confidence, especially for those who are not “natural athletes”.
Through their partnership with local community centres and inter-cultural centres, KATS has instructed 112 kids and conducted 97 hours of lessons in their first spring and summer of operation. Sy plans to work with six lowest-income schools in the near future and anticipate that close to a 1000 kids will sign up with KATS next spring.
For more information on Society for Kids at Tennis, visit them at kidsattennis.ca.
Canadian Web Hosting is a leading managed hosting company that specializes in hosting business and enterprise-class clients. One of only a few SAS70 Type II and CICA 5970 certified service providers in Canada, Canadian Web Hosting delivers a secure and scalable service delivery for a diverse range of companies throughout Canada.
The European Union (EU) and Canada supervises the private sector’s use of personal data while the US has minimal regulation of their private sector. Canada’s privacy laws focuses on “individual autonomy through personal control of information” (Techvibes).The US focuses more on protection from the government while Europe tends to protect their dignity and public image (Identity Bureau Trulioo).
In addition to two federal laws in Canada that protect personal information, there are also provincial laws in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec that are similar to PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act). These laws set out ground rules for how private sectors may collect, use, or disclose personal information in a commercial setting. Unlike the US, Canada’s strict privacy laws are recognized by the EU and privacy compliance is overseen by privacy commissioners and ombudsmen at both the federal and provincial levels (Techvibes).
So what does this mean for businesses in Canada?
In today's business market, service organizations are looking for a partner who can help them deploy IT infrastructure services and have the necessary controls and measures that comply with their local and corporate requirements. One of Canadian Web Hosting's core missions is to help businesses meet their SSAE 16 certification requirements (formerly the SAS70), which meets the new international service organizations standards for Type I and Type II reporting.
The Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) issues the SSAE 16 Type II (formerly SAS 70) to service organizations that typically offer outsourced services. An auditor's report details the ability for a service provider's ability to offer adequate controls and safeguards when they host or process data belonging to their customers.
The CSAE 3416 certification is issued under Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), Canadian Standard on Assurance Engagements (CSAE) 3416 to service organizations that typically offer outsourced services. An auditor's report details the ability for a service provider's ability to offer adequate controls and safeguards when they host or process data belonging to their customers.
Okay... then what does this mean for our customers?
Customers can now outsource web-hosting services including Dedicated Servers, virtual servers (VPS), CA Cloud Servers and/or Shared Hosting to a provider that already meets SSAE 16 requirements. In doing so, you can focus your company's time, money, and manpower on core functions that will drive additional revenue to your business. Here are some examples of Canadian Web Hosting's SSAE 16 compliance controls and physical security that our hosting environment supplements:
- Facilities and asset management
- Logical access and access control
- Network and information security
- Computer operations
- Backup and recovery
- Change and incident management
- Organizational and administrative controls
- Security policies, reporting, and monitoring
- Physical and logical security
Canadian Web Hosting is the industry leader in delivering 100% Canadian web hosting solutions for businesses requiring a SSAE 16 certification with their web hosting environment. When combined with our enterprise-grade web hosting hardware, and a securehosting environment that features many leading technologies including our Unified Security Services, Canadian Web Hosting will help you achieve compliance.
- SSL capability
- Enterprise-level, application level protection
- Hardware/Software firewall
- IP-Restricted FTP
- Managed backups with guaranteed retention
- Advanced 24/7monitoring
- Multi-level intrusion prevention (IPS/IDS)
- Anti-Spam, Anti-Malware, Anti-Virus
- Log Management
This is the 12th annual conference, which will feature some key note speakers, including VP Sales of Samsung Canada Enterprise Business Geoff Coutts, Principle Architect at Kaseya Dana Epp, and Blackberry Developer Evangelist Manny Elawar.
There will be networking receptions, vendor sessions, and a chance to meet customers from a wide range of business backgrounds.
We’re excited to meet everyone there, send us a tweet to meet up!