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Canadian Web Hosting Launches Cloud Shared Hosting Based on VMware

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Canadian Web Hosting announced on Tuesday that it has launched cloud shared hosting services based on VMWare.

Canadian Web Hosting said that with this offering it is the first Canadian web host to offer cloud shared hosting built on top of VMware technology. In December PEER 1 Hosting and Tier 3 launched a cloud platform in Canada also built on VMware technology.

Within the past few months there have been more options for businesses looking for cloud hosting in Canada, including a new business from Canadian web host Blacksun, Cloudstuff.ca, based on OnApp cloud software. It’s not just Canadian businesses that are after Canadian cloud hosting; Canadian cloud hosting products can be an alternative to the US market where customers sometimes hesitate to locate data because of certain legislation.
Starting at $12 per month, Canadian Web Hosting Cloud Shared Hosting plans offer cPanel or Plesk control panels, and are available in Linux or Windows. It uses clusters of enterprise-grade Dell servers that use hardware-based SANs.

Combined with VMware virtualization, Canadian Web Hosting said its customers have the protection of redundant hardware failover, combined with the simplicity of shared hosting.

“Traditionally, if you wanted the benefits of virtualization, you had to look at a virtual server or service offering that required technical resources to manage that server. More importantly, many of those same services are located in a country that doesn’t allow customers to meet their privacy requirements with their cloud-based data,” Matt McKinney, director at Canadian Web Hosting said in a statement.

“Unlike some of our competitors who use third party resources, our Cloud Shared Hosting plans were built from the ground up using proven Six Sigma methodologies that incorporate the voice of our customer. We recognize that security and geography are just as important as the technology,” McKinney added. “Our plans are tailored specifically for customers looking for the simplicity of a shared hosting environment, and want to utilize the benefits of a cloud environment where features like automatic failover and geographic control are included. We’ve recognized from day one that not every customer has the resources to invest in expensive hardware or complicated load-balanced, multi-server configurations. We want to make the benefits of the cloud available to everyone and lower the short- and long-term costs to get access to enterprise-grade cloud hosting services.”

The Cloud Shared Hosting plans including 24×7 support, and offer one-click install of applications like Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, and MySQL.

Talk back: What’s your take on the Canadian cloud hosting scene? What do you think of Canadian Web Hosting’s cloud shared hosting offering? Let us know in a comment.

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  1. I wonder if the Vmware has something to do with vmware fusion application. Perhaps this will be a good option for people who are looking for alternative hosting products. I agree that there might be hesitations in locating data because of certain legislation but there are other providers who offer options of migrating their accounts to other location. I hope there will be more innovative products in the future.

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