Canadian Hybrid Cloud on Microsoft

gladstoneMicrosoft realizes that cloud presents an amazing opportunity to rethink the role that IT plays in defining winning business strategies and they have come up with Hybrid cloud to help businesses cloud optimize their business.

Gladstone Grant announces this for Canada here.

The Microsoft’s hybrid cloud lets you move the workloads easily from your hosting service provider’s datacenter or enterprise’s datacenter while maintaining a complete view of the entire infrastructure.

It enables you to develop hybrid applications which leverage both cloud and on-premises resources. You can also take advantage of backup, recovery and storage options with enhanced efficiency and significantly reduced cost.

Basically, the hybrid cloud model which blends the elements of private and public cloud, is primarily a private cloud which allows an organization to knock into a public cloud where and when it makes sense.

In general, all cloud models provide security measures to keep apps and data secure. However, if we compare the hybrid cloud model to a public cloud, then it becomes visibly clear that hybrid cloud model offers a much higher level of security for sensitive instances and data.

The major benefits that Hybrid Cloud offers include:

  • It can transform your datacenter while making you capable of unlocking insights on any data

  • It empowers people-centric IT

  • Consistency across clouds with familiar resources and tools

  • Extends your existing datacenter with familiar identity & development solutions and a consistent management toolset.

  • Offers enterprise grade security and performance in both cloud and datacenter

  • Meets rapidly changing business requisites with astonishing flexibility

  • Delivers capacity on demand perfectly

The three platforms on which Microsoft is offering Hybrid cloud services include:

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 offers a multi-tenant enterprise class datacenter to businesses along with a cloud infrastructure which simplifies the process of deployment of IT services.  On this platform, you can get cost effective multi-node business permanence scenarios with at-scale disaster recovery and high service uptime.

As an web platform and open application, Windows Server 2012 R2 helps you to develop, deploy and scale high density websites and modern applications for the cloud and the datacenter. It also makes IT capable of empowering the users by providing them with flexible policy based resources while efficiently protecting the corporate information.

System Center 2012

Microsoft envisions a new era of IT with a consistent platform for all, data, applications and infrastructure, which they call as Cloud OS. The cloud OS spans your service provider datacenters, data center environment and Wimdows Azure enabling the organizations to easily cloud optimize their businesses at highly affordable prices.

Microsoft’s System Center 2012 R2 delivers agile system administration and unified management for the Microsoft’s Cloud OS by offering unswerving management experiences Windows Azure, service provider and on-premises environments. Some of the exceptional features that Data System 2012 delivers include enterprise class capabilities, cost efficiency, simplicity and a hybrid enabled application focused approach.

Windows Azure

Windows Azure enables you to use cloud along with your existing applications and infrastructure, leveraging common skills, technologies and tools.

It addresses your heterogeneous IT requisites from Microsoft .Net to Java, SQL to Oracle & HADOOP databases, Windows Server to Linux quite efficiently.  Windows Azure seamlessly integrates with your existing infrastructure & IT assets like no other cloud while providing a flexible, open and broad platform backed with reliability and security you can depend on.

hybrid-cancloud4Hybrid Cloud in Canada

Microsoft Canada also promoted three of its latest products  Visual Studio 2013, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, by bringing forward the fact that these products will allow you meet the rising demands of both, private and public clouds.

They also promoted that by using our System Center, enterprises can easily manage private, public and standard cloud infrastructures and the Active Directory will enable to maintain a single entity across any infrastructure. It was also mentioned that an European Telecom company Telefonica S.A has deployed Microsoft’s private cloud solution for virtualizing thousands of their servers.

There are several companies who are providing Hybrid Cloud services in Canada as enterprises are taking interest to deploy the same in order to reap the benefits that this new technology has to offer.

Openstack in Action conference – Montreal, 8th October

openstackIt’s very exciting news that an ‘Openstack in Action’ conference is opening up a Canadian chapter of activities.

The first conference is scheduled for next week, 8th October, register here.

I am presenting an overview of the Cloud industry in Canada, and also on ‘Openstack for the Enterprise’, a Cloud Best Practices white paper that we are currently working on.

Privacy Matters and Procurement best practices: Edmonton and Google Cloud services

Buyers-Guide1Case studies are the building blocks of solid best practices, and especially in the Cloud computing field where they can share repeatable knowledge and assets for others to repeat these practices.

For example not only is the City of Edmonton moving to Google Apps a flagship example of a Canadian user of Cloud services but they also share critical insights and resources for how they questioned and addressed the privacy aspects of hosting such sensitive information from schools on the Google Cloud service.

The CIO is a leading champion of Cloud adoption, discussing issues like the Patriot Act in this IT World Canada interview, and on the Schools site they share this detailed documentation of how they ensure it met the requirements of their Privacy laws, and includes resources for others to support their own Privacy Impact Assessments.

The Business Case for Cloud

Very importantly the City of Edmonton also had a very clear and well documented business case for the migration.

As described by David Eaves, Edmonton was the first city to move to Google Apps. He also includes a link to the business case proposal for making the move.

Edmonton described their implementation of Google Apps will enable them to achieve their ‘Workspace Edmonton’ program goals.

As described in their announcement:

“An agreement recently signed with Google opens the door for all City employees to access their online resources from any place, location and with any device.

For the first time, those City employees who do not have an email account will have one as well as access to other office technology tools called Google Apps, such as docs, spreadsheets and presentations. Currently, about 3,000 employees who work throughout the City and not in an office setting do not have email accounts.

Google Apps will enhance productivity, efficiency and collaboration between departments while maintaining strong security and privacy standards.

“This move supports our City Vision, The Way Ahead, to use the most innovative technologies available,”

said city manager Simon Farbrother.”

Canadian company becomes an integral part in Crowdfunding

We are very lucky to have Oscar Jofre as Chairman of our new non-profit organization. Oscar is at this very moment fighting to bring more open innovation to Canadian startups through Crowdfunding.. check out their latest press release:

August 13, 2013 -TORONTO, ON – BoardSuite ( announced today it has become part of Crowdfunding Infrastructure Platform (CFIP) for the USA Crowdfunding.

The Crowdfunding Infrastructure Platform (CFIP) is a cost-effective best-of-class, cloud-based tools and processes to seamlessly handle the full spectrum of Title II transactional elements.  The platform also provides post-transactional Issuer governance and compliance requirements.  CFIP is a seamless back office that helps broker dealers and crowdfunding portals with PRE-DURING-POST transaction.

As I have repeatedly observed about the sale of securities through funding portals is that there inevitably will be lower cost technology based solutions created to replace conventional means of conducting similar business practices, and not only will these solutions achieve the same results but in many cases exceed them- its just happening sooner and better than what I had envisioned. said Douglas Ellenoff of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP.

With an estimated 6 million accredited investors in the U.S. alone, the opportunity presented by Title II of the JOBS Act is very large. However, the legal and regulatory risk to Portals, Broker Dealers and Issuers is equally large.  Properly managing this risk requires a new type of integrated scalable technology and services platform.

“Having BoardSuite as part of CFIP is crucial to the success of a seamless platform that we offer to Broker/Dealers, Issuers and Shareholders, said James R Simpson, co-Founder, CFIP”.

BoardSuite plays an integral role in assisting companies through the pre and post stages of a crowd funding transaction.  Our products provides tools and processes to organize companies for corporate and financial due diligence.  Companies can pre-screen themselves with background checks, corporate searches, etc.  Post transaction all the closing documents and new shareholder information will be automatically uploaded in BoardSuite.  The company, now having successfully raised its capital, will further benefit as all their new shareholders will be given secure access to see their closing documents, share certificate,  and any information the company wishes to share with its shareholders.  This brings companies and shareholders together like no other environment that exists today.

“When BoardSuite was built, it was to enable any company  to organize and manage their corporate information and capitalization table. At that time crowdfunding had not yet evolved.  Today, every private company will benefit from using BoardSuite for crowdfunding events.  By seamlessly integrating into BoardSuite, companies will have an ongoing and interactive relationship with their shareholders, eliminating the risk of using email to disseminate confidential information.

All shareholders will receive the same information at the same time.” said Oscar A Jofre, Founder, President/CEO BoardSuite.

Provided as a FREE SaaS-based service, BoardSuite enables management to manage, organize and share their corporate information securely. BoardSuite enables users to manage their documents, calendaring, committees, contracts, and capitalization table.

BoardSuite was created to mitigate risk by providing directors, officers and shareholders a simple yet powerful solution to address their responsibilities surrounding good governance and compliance, thus allowing them to devote more time towards helping their organizations improve overall business performance.

Award Winning Company
BoardSuite has received notable recognition within the online industry for its achievements. In March 2011, BoardSuite was selected as one of the Top 15 Companies to watch by AlwaysOn OnDemand. In July 2009, BoardSuite was chosen as one of Canada’s leading Web 2.0 pioneers at the PICK20 Awards (the only national listing of Canada’s up and coming Web 2.0 pioneers). In August 2009, BoardSuite was named by IDC (International Data Corporation) as one of Canada’s Top Cloud Computing Solutions to Watch, calling it a “disruptive innovation” in the board portal industry.

For more information contact:

Oscar A Jofre                                  James R Simpson

President/CEO                               CO-Founder

BoardSuite Corp.                                    CFIP

BoardSuite                                     Crowdfunding Infrastructure Platform


Voice:         647-317-1403

Canada’s Cloud Leadership Team Takes Shape

ccn2A powerhouse team of CEOs from across Canada’s Cloud providers is coming together to form an industry association, to represent the sector and propel the nation to become a world leading technology innovator.

Read more about the team here.

Contact us if you would be interested in participating..

Don Tapscott – Welcome to the Digital Economy

Don-Tapscott3This Thought Leadership blog is kindly contributed by Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics and also The Digital Economy, first published in 1995.

As you will see his ideas are almost twenty years old but yet as important if not more so today, when Canada faces an ongoing challenge as a technology innovator and player in the global Digital Economy.

Answering our call for help for our campaign to collectively write a Digital Economy strategy for Canada, Don kindly agreed to contribute this excerpt to be included as part of our launch message:

Welcome to the Digital Economy

Excerpts from The Digital Economy (1995) by Don Tapscott.

Today we are witnessing the early, turbulent days of a revolution as significant as any other in human history.  A new medium of human communications is emerging, one that may prove to surpass all previous revolutions – the printing press, the telephone, television, the computer – in its impact on our economic and social life.  Interactive multimedia and the so-called the information highway, and its exemplar the Internet, are enabling a new economy based on the networking of human intelligence.

Call it The Digital Economy.  In this new world individuals and enterprises create wealth by applying knowledge, networked human intelligence, and effort to manufacturing, agriculture, and services.  In the digital frontier of this economy, the players, dynamics, rules, and requirements for survival and success are all changing.

Such a shift in economic and social relationships has occurred only a handful of times before on this planet.  It is causing every company to think far beyond the likes of “reengineering” to transform itself.  A new enterprise is emerging – the internetworked business – which is as different from the corporation of the twentieth century as the latter was from the feudal craft shop.

Whereas business people are inundated with information, ideas, and theories on new technologies and new organizational forms as well as changing business conditions and strategies, there has been little success in developing a coherent view that synthesizes these factors.  This book sets out to explain the new economy, the new enterprise, and the new technology, and how they link to one another – how they enable one another.  If you and your organization understand these relationships – the role of the new technology in creating the new enterprise for a new economy – you can be successful.  The Digital Economy attempts to answer the question on every business executive’s mind:  What does it all mean for my business?

The Age of Networked Intelligence is an age of promise.  It is not simply about the networking of technology but about the networking of humans through technology.  It is not an age of smart machines but of humans who through networks can combine their intelligence, knowledge, and creativity for breakthroughs in the creation of wealth and social development.  It is not just an age of linking computers but of internetworking human ingenuity.  It is an age of vast new promise and unimaginable opportunity.

Think about scientific research.  In the past, scientists would work with a powerful supercomputer to, say, simulate mechanisms of a biological cell membrane as a way to understanding the structure of biological molecules.  But as networking permeates the planet, computers everywhere can be marshaled concurrently to attack the problem.  Rather than a single expensive computer supporting a single group of scientists, a global network of computers can be internetworked to support distributed teams of scientists.  The network becomes the computer – infinitely more powerful than any single machine.  And networked human intelligence is applied to research, thus creating a higher order of thinking, knowledge – and maybe even internetworked consciousness – among people.

The same networking can be applied to business and almost every other aspect of human endeavor – learning, health care, work, entertainment.

Networking can change the intelligence of a business by bringing collective know-how to bear on problem solving and innovation.  By dramatically opening the channels of human communication, consciousness can be extended from individuals to organizations.  Unconscious organizations, like people, cannot learn.  Through becoming conscious, organizations can become able to learn – and that’s a precondition for survival.  Networked intelligence is the missing link in organizational learning and the conscious organization may be the foundation for the elusive learning organization.  And perhaps networked intelligence can be extended beyond organizations to create a broader awakening – social consciousness – in communities, nations and beyond.

But the Age of Networked Intelligence is also an age of peril.  For individuals, organizations, and societies that fall behind, punishment is swift.  It is not only old business rules but governments, social institutions, and relationships among people that are being transformed.  The new media is changing the ways we do business, work, learn, play, and even think.  Far more than the old western frontier, the digital frontier is a place of recklessness, confusion, uncertainty, calamity, and danger.  Some signs point to a new economy in which wealth is even further concentrated, basic rights like privacy are vanishing, and a spiral of violence and repression undermine basic security and freedoms.

Pervasive evidence exists that indicates the basic social fabric is beginning to disintegrate.  Old laws, structures, norms, and approaches are proving to be completely inadequate for life in the new economy.  While they are crumbling or being smashed, it is not completely clear what should replace them.  Everywhere people are beginning to ask, “Will this smaller world our children inherit be a better one?”

Unfortunately, when people look at the new age, they tend to focus on one side or the other – the promise or the peril.  Two camps have emerged:  those exhilarated by the promise and those terrified by what the new technology and economy are bringing.

I have attempted to present both sides and some new directions, perhaps to break down walls between these two extremes.  My goal is to equip you – today’s emerging business leader – with the insights you need to transform your business for success in the new economy.

If you accept the mantle of leadership, you can participate in achieving for yourself and all of us a world of unrequited peril and promise fulfilled.  If we all do it right, and do the right thing, the Age of Networked Intelligence can be an age of unprecedented wealth, fairness, true democracy, and social justice.  Read on.

CSSA Launches Innovative M3P Service to Promote Members Products and Services to End-Users of Janitorial Supplies and Service Not Just in Canada….but Globally

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) July 16, 2013 – The Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA) announces that it has launched Membership Product Promotion Platform (M3P) that will be used to showcase and promote the products and services of its membership in an online source guide directory.

Read the full press release here.

The service is provided by the Cloud Search Portal. Meet CEO Efrem Habteselassie at our next Accelerator Workshop in Toronto, where he will focus on how the same service can also be applied in E-Health scenarios.

How Ottawa Can Get Its Head in the Clouds

ottawa-planes3Shane Schick posted this great article the other day on Yahoo Finance, describing the exciting potential the UK government Cloud computing program ‘G-Cloud’ might be applied here in Canada to great effect.

Defining the best practices that helps organizations understand and plan their migration to the Cloud is the fundamental purpose of our work here at the CCN.

As the Canadian chapter of the Cloud Best Practices Network, the CCN is responsible for producing the Canada Cloud Roadmap, the official Cloud migration roadmap for Cloud Best Practices globally.

This will be updated on an ongoing basis, with the latest release adding in a number of powerful Canadian Government case studies and reference models. These best practices provide a repeatable framework for other agencies to migrate successfully to Cloud providers.

Download here:

This just in! Canadian Broadcasting Corporation moves 12,000 accounts to Google Apps in 90 days

As well as being an exciting time to be in the Cloud industry right now, it’s an exciting time to specifically be in the Google product space within the industry.

There were a number of interesting product development news items at their recent IO conference. This piece here on the adoption of Google Apps in Education in Malaysia, about 10 million students and teachers adopting the app, gives some sense of the rate and scale of adoption.

Canada is also playing their part in this exciting channel. For example the CBC just announced the migration of 12,000 users to Google Apps, citing a number of reasons most notably avoiding the Office licencing costs, and the fact they had been operating separate on-premise applications for email and collaboration, and moving to the Cloud unified this into one.

What is always interesting to hear is how it transforms work in their office, such as this section:

Additionally, Google Docs are helping our reporters become better and more efficient storytellers. For example, before, our writers and reporters in our newsroom brainstormed and drafted copy in separate Word documents, which inevitably led to version confusion and unnecessary time spent merging documents. Now, they use a single, shared Google Doc for all their stories, so the entire team can collaborate together, in real time, regardless of where they’re working. Our freelancers use Docs to make quick edits and communicate on the fly since it’s simpler for them to share content and edit in real-time. 

We are proud to bring the best tools to our company and see the cultural shift that is happening amongst our employees. We are moving away from managing IT and into improving our core business of content creation. We’re excited about what this means for the quality of our reporting and the happiness of our employees.

Big Data Cloud Computing – NYC Trade Mission, 23-24 April

This month we’re headed for New York City – I am chairing the Cloud track of the North America Trading Architecture Summit on April 23rd, a blue-chip event with CIO panelists from Morgan Stanley, AIG, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, etc.

On the following day, the 24th, I am also running a more intimate workshop series at the Paramount Hotel, next door, where we will explore the Cloud technologies part in much more detail.

This has a headline theme of ‘Big Data Cloud Computing’, and I will focus primarily on the Google Cloud suite – Apps, IaaS and PaaS, and also Storage and services like Big Query.

I also chaired this track for this conference last year when it was in Toronto, and we explored the potential for applying Big Data Analytics and Cloud services in the financial sector. As you can imagine banks generate great swathes of real-time data, from ATMs and other banking systems, and they love to mine all this for buying patterns etc.

We’ll explore these areas in more detail at the session, and it will also be a showcase of Canadian Cloud firms – I will be presenting on the relevant services from Sheepdog, and inviting other firms to join us and offer a variety of insights into the Cloud innovations happening here in Canada.

More news to follow… Join our Linkedin group for additional event speaker details