Cloud Storage has sure changed over the years. At one time a company would have a file server at their physical office. Local workers would connect locally and remote workers would connect via a VPN connection to the firewall. Now, more and more companies are simply choosing to move their files to a could storage provide, such as OneDrive, Google App's (GSuite), Dropbox or some other Cloud provider. Which one do you choose? Can I keep my files in Canada? What are the advantages to moving my files to the clould? Will my files be secure?

These are a few things you may want to consider, if and when you move your storage to the cloud.

  • How secure are my files in a cloud environment?
  • Where will the files be kept?
  • How reliable is the company I plan to host with?
  • What kind of security does the company have?
  • Does the host meet federal and provincial data privacy compliance?
  • Will the files be stored and hosted within Canada?
  • Can I assess them offline?
  • If a file gets deleted can I get a "roll back" copy?
  • Does the provider provide Multi-user administration?

Small to mid-sized businesses across Canada are faced with a problem—they’re collecting more data than ever before, and they need somewhere to store it. While many have their own in-house servers to do the job, these can require frequent maintenance, support from an IT dept to ensure backups and software updates are current . To cut down on those costs, companies are increasingly turning to cloud-based data storage. There are a number of companies such as Amazon Web Services, Google GSuite, iDrive and others, but for a variety of reasons, whether because companies want additional technical support or because regulations require them to store their data within Canada’s borders, many are looking around for other options.

The major reason it’s important is that Canadians are becoming increasingly worried about their data being accessed by foreign agencies, especially when we see so many data breaches in the news today. There is also a lot of concern about the U.S. PATRIOT Act, and the ability of federal bureaus to get access to their data.

That’s one area of concern. The other is that, from a Canadian economic point of view, over 40% of the revenue in cloud technology flows out of our country to other areas of the world—mostly the U.S., but to other countries as well. So from a Canadian economic point of view, we believe that it’s important to keep that business and cloud services, such as cloud storage in Canada.

For most nonprofits, the most significant consideration is that the Canadian CRA requires certain records to be kept in Canada. This applies to your governance documents, minutes from meetings of executives or members, and donation records, as well as other documents.

At Clustered Networks we recommend Sync.com. Sync.com is a secure Dropbox alternative with end-to-end encryption built-in, which ensures that only you can access your data in the cloud. Sync.com has the following features.

  • 100% Canadian, meet federal and provincial data privacy compliance PIPEDA, PIPA, FIPPA, ATIPPA, PHIPA and more.
  • Data is always stored in Canada
  • Built in end-to-end encryption that's easy to use for your entire team
  • Share and collaborate just like you would with Dropbox, but securely
  • Protect your files from ransomware with version history and deleted file recovery
  • Get started with 5 GB free, upgrade any time

To Learn more please contact Clustered Networks at 1-855-530-3103 or visit Sync.com

Cloud Service Website Service
GSuite (Google Apps) Google's Gmail is no doubt one of the most popular email systems in the world known for it's reliability, portability and security. We use it at ClusteredNetworks.com and we highly recommend it for you.
Sync.com Sync.com - Like Dropbox, but secure, and 100% private. Sync.com is a Canadian Cloud Storage Company. Your Data will be stored in Toronto, Canada, which is important to some companies.
pCloud.com Dropbox Like Service - Linux / Mac / Windows / Android / IOS Clients. Ubuntu Linux friendly.
ElephantDrive.com Server / NAS / SAN Backup.
Backblaze.com Server / NAS / SAN Backup.

Why Clustered Networks

Located in Edmonton, AB Canada, Clustered Networks was Incorporated in 2001 and has offered Network / Internet and IT Consulting services for over 15 years. We offer personalized service!