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4Sep/120

Canadian Web Hosting Readies Windows Server 2012 for Web Hosting Platform and Services

Canadian Web Hosting Has Announced Support for Windows Server 2012 for all New and Existing Web Hosting Clients Including Cloud Hosting, Dedicated and Clustered Servers, VPS and Hyper-V Servers

Vancouver, British Columbia, September 04, 2012

Canadian Web Hosting, a leading provider of IT services and web hosting solutions in Canada, announced today its full support for Windows Server 2012 for web hosting plans including Dedicated Servers, VPS and Cloud Servers running Windows and Hyper-V. Similar to previous iterations of Windows, Canadian Web Hosting continues to provide early adoption of new technologies in order to give their business and enterprise clients the latest generation of Microsoft’s Server Operating System to enhance their service offerings and infrastructure.

With the release of Windows Server 2012, Canadian Web Hosting is able to provide a significantly improved OS that includes a number of major new features and updates. As an example, Canadian Web Hosting web hosting and cloud hosting customers will have strengthened access controls to files and processes, multiple Windows Server 2012 machines can now be managed as a group, Hyper-V can now work in various configurations including multi-tenant environments, enhanced security and isolation, the new Resilient File System (ReFS) gives web hosting customers better scalability and reliability, improved support for open-source standards and applications, and allows for migration of virtual machines from physical server to another without any downtime, enables network virtualization and boosts overall performance for several key metrics.

According to Matt McKinney, Director at Canadian Web Hosting, “The technology enhancements Microsoft has delivered with Windows Server 2012 will allow our clients to take full advantage of cloud computing. We are excited to see how Microsoft has simplified the service offering with four versions and improved the economy by offering the same enterprise-class features across the Standard and Enterprise editions. Because of this, our clients can now select a version based on their business requirements and not an arbitrary feature set that put features like high availability out of reach to many customers.”

All Canadian Web Hosting clients can receive the full capabilities of Windows Server 2012 and whether a customer is progressing towards the cloud, or currently operates in a highly virtualized cloud environment, Canadian Web Hosting has a team of certified Microsoft specialists who will work with our customers to get them into the right version of new Windows Server operating system. Contact Canadian Web Hosting today at 888-821-7888 or by email at sales(at)canadianwebhosting(dot)com to learn more.

About CANADIAN WEB HOSTING
Since 1998, Canadian Web Hosting has been providing a 100% all Canadian service that delivers on-demand hosting solutions including Shared hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers, and IT as a Service for 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 guarantees a 100% network uptime, and has certified VMware, Microsoft and Linux professionals available 24/7. New or existing customers can get help by calling 1-888-821-7888 to get basic support. For more advanced technical support, customers can use email, ticketing or real time live chat support with support staff.

For more information, visit them at www.canadianwebhosting.com, or get the latest news by following them on Facebook and Twitter at @cawebhosting.

CONTACT:
Matt McKinney
Canadian Web Hosting
604.283.1728
mattm@canadianwebhosting.com

30Aug/110

Canadian Web Hosting Ltd. Reinforces the Importance of Data Privacy

Traditionally, the US has been the industry leader when it comes to Web hosting providers. But there are growing concerns, since the Patriot Act was passed on October 26, 2001, and because of that, online privacy is not considered by most experts to be secured in the United States.  To get a better understanding, one only has to look at a very recent example where data thought to be protected but was actually available under the scope of the Patriot Act.

Europe, long known to have strict security and privacy requirements, has traditionally been a location for businesses to store their data and it was thought that European datacentres were protected from the Patriot Act.  In June of 2011, Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK, confirmed that “Office 365 cloud data stored at European datacentres could still be handed over to American officials,”and went as far as saying that “Microsoft cannot provide guarantees and neither can any other company.”  The issue is based on the fact that Microsoft’s headquarters are located in the US, and it is obligated to abide by American regulations, meaning that any data stored on their servers is subject to seizure and inspection.

Because of this, many businesses are now looking for alternatives including “offshore hosting,” often scaled out to include Third World locations where the perceived notion is that these offshore marketplaces will prevent their data from being captured under the rules of the Patriot Act.  But the notion is often flawed as offshore hosting is often priced well above their US counterparts and they’re often located in areas with a poor technological infrastructure — meaning slow speed, and slow resolution of technical problems.

So what choices does a business owner have to protect their customer’s data and their business? Staying with a US hosting company is getting risky from a privacy point of view, and Europe no longer provides the safe haven it used to. More and more businesses are turning to their neighbors to the north. Canadian web hosting companies — like Canadian Web Hosting Ltd. (www.canadianwebhosting.com) — are located in areas that have comparable capacity to deliver infrastructure solutions and premium web hosting services.

Cities like Vancouver and Toronto have excellent staffing and infrastructure, comparable high-speed connectivity to major US population centres, and in some cases it is better than popular US hosts located in the major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles or Dallas.   In addition, service providers like Canadian Web Hosting Ltd. are now beginning to offer pricing for services like Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers, VPS and shared hosting at rates that are very competitive.  So if Canadian web hosting and US web hosting services are similar, what separates a Canadian web hosting company from their counterparts?

To fully understand this, you have to first off look at how Canadians view privacy.   If you read the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s website (a government website), you will see the following statement, “Privacy has long been considered a fundamental right in Canada.  The Government of Canada is recognized internationally as a leader in the creation of privacy laws and policies.”  Then, they go on to say that the chances of personal information being accessed under the Patriot Act are “remote” and that to date the “federal government is not aware of any such cases where information about a Canadian was accessed.“

Moreover, Canadian privacy laws protect individual Canadians. One recent example occurred when The Privacy Commissioner of Canada forced Facebook to amend their privacy practices and policies for not only Facebook users in Canada but around the world because Facebook breached the Canadian privacy laws. This example shows the depth of the matter and how all companies including Facebook need to improve their privacy practices.

What really separates Canadian web hosting companies from their counterparts is the safeguards that the Government of Canada has implemented to protect personal information. The primary method has been through the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which requires web hosting organizations engaged in commercial activities to obtain individuals’ consent to the collection, or disclosure of their personal information.  As an example, Canadian Web Hosting Ltd. maintains full compliance with PIPEDA and ensures that the following privacy requirements are met:

Consent must be garnered for collection of personal information
Collection of personal information limited to reasonable purposes
Limits use and disclosure of personal information
Limits access to personal information
Stored personal information must be accurate and complete
Designates the role of the Privacy Officer
Policies and procedures for breaches of privacy
Measures for resolution of complaints
Special rules for employment relationships

Further than that, provincial governments have implemented secondary standards that say that even if disclosure is permitted through PIPEDA, regional statutes such as the Business Records Protection Act (Ontario), which essentially says that business records cannot be removed from Ontario.

Until the US government provides additional clarity into the uses of the Patriot Act, web hosting customers who are concerned about privacy and security of their data should look north of the border.   Companies like Canadian Web Hosting Ltd. who are 100% Canadian owned and operated can deliver industry-best web hosting services, but are also contractually obligated through regulations to protect the data included in their datacentre.

7Jul/110

Microsoft Launches Office 365

Last Tuesday, Microsoft launched Office 365, their newest cloud service now available in 40 markets. By using this new tool, you'll have access to any of your documents, emails, calendars, contacts and more as it brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online.

As a small or midsize enterprise, you can benefit from being connected to any of your documents in real time thanks to their cloud service. This tool will help increase and enhance your own productivity along with your employees. Collaborating on projects will be easier and more seamless than ever since Office 365 allows you to share calendars and ideas at the same time.

Office 365: Ready to Work Whenever You Are

Why should you think about using Office 365? It's simple. It's already enterprise ready and it works on all the browser platforms. For example, compare it to the Google Apps, it stands to be a lot more robust with all the full features that Word and Excel or Powerpoint offer rather than very basic functioning apps that can't work offline (Google plans on changing that soon). With Office 365, you can run the apps on your desktop or in your browser and everything looks the same, there's no headache. Besides, since most of the marketplace is dominated by Microsoft, here, they're providing us with a solid solution in becoming more efficient on how we access any data on the go anywhere at any time.

You can also learn more by visiting the official Microsoft page or find out how you can start exploring these benefits directly by visiting our offer page for only $7 per month per user.

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8Jun/100

Microsoft Releases Office Web App Suite

Microsoft has released Office Web App Suite http://office.live.com in four countries, Canada, USA, UK and Ireland. Similar to its desktop version (but limited in features), users can now use a web browser to start viewing, editing, and sharing Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and One Note documents. All the documents are saved in the cloud at Microsoft data centers. Their cloud is called "SkyDrive". I like it more than Google Docs as it allows seemless document transition from desktop to web without breaking the formatting. These developments put Microsoft's Office Web Apps in contention with other similar online application suites such as Google Docs (docs.google.com), and Zoho's (www.zoho.com). Best of all, it's free.



Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting

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9Feb/100

Bing New Search Options

It's refreshing to write about another search engine other than Google.

Bing.com is a search engine by the giant, Microsoft. Although it's not as dominant as Google, it will be a contender when the search deal with Yahoo is finalized. Currently, Bing and Yahoo are two separate entities.

Last month, Bing released four new ways to search....



Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting