With so many security breaches that are prevelant today, A lot of Canadians are thinking twice about where there cloud services and data in general are hosted. If your data is hosted in a foreign country and gets compromised, good luck trying to take legal action against a foreign corporation. If you keep your data located in Canada, you not only feel a bit more secure, but also you know that you can talk to someone not too far away.
PIPEDA - Canada's Privacy Act
PIPEDA applies to private-sector organizations across Canada that collect, use or disclose personal information in the course of a commercial activity. All businesses that operate in Canada and handle personal information that crosses provincial or national borders in the course of commercial activities are subject to PIPEDA, regardless of the province or territory in which they are based.
What are your Options?
Really, it depends on what type of application and data you are hosting and what type of service or equipment do you need to host it. The different yypes of data you may need and want to host in Canada may include....
- Application Hosting - such as a Content Management System / Accounting System
- Cloud File Storage - Dropbox / Google Drive / One Drive Type of Service
- CRM Hosting - Customer Data Information
Canadian VPS / Server / Application Hosting
You can host your server at your own office location, or you can host your application in the cloud as on OVH, Digital Ocean, or AWS. When you sign up for one of these services as mentioned you have the option to create your "VPS" (Virtual Private Server) or "Dedicated Server" in a City that is located in Canada.
- AWS - Option to Host in Montreal, Canada.
- Digital Ocean - Option to Host in Toronto, Canada.
- OVA - Option to Host in Montreal, Canada.
- Linode - Option to Host in Toronto, Canada.
Whichever City city or service provider you choose, your "cloud server or VPS" can be located in a city within Canada. Once you have the server setup you can install virtually any application you wish, whether it be accounting software, a CRM applicatoin, or a Dropbox type of application such as Nextcloud. We at Clustered Networks use all 4 of these providers and are familiar with the services and options they offer.
Cloud File Storage
If you are looking for a Dropbox or Google Drive type service that is hosted in Canada the one that we suggest is SYNC.COM. Sync makes it easy to store, share and access your files from just about anywhere. Best of all, Sync protects your privacy with end-to-end encryption — ensuring that your data in the cloud is safe, secure and 100% private. and did we say it is located in Toronto Canada.
CRM Hosting - Customer Relationship Software
EspoCRM is a self-hosted web application (CRM) that allows users to see, enter and evaluate all your company relationships regardless of the type. People, companies, projects or opportunities — all in an easy and intuitive interface. You can use EspoCRM to improve sales productivity for your sales and service staff. We at Clustered Networks have been using EspoCRM for a number of years and highly recommend it. Regardless which CRM you choose you can simple setup a server in Canada on OVH, Amazon AWS or Digital Ocean and host your own application.
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