Canadian Web Hosting launched its pre-production Enterprise Public Cloud service running on OpenStack Icehouse called AURO. The company said on Tuesday that it aims to pit AURO against the big public cloud providers for Canadian enterprise customers, and claims it offers better rates.
To design AURO, Canadian Web Hosting worked with Cloudscaling, Juniper, Nimble Storage, and other vendors to ensure “truly enterprise” availability, infrastructure redundancy, scalability, and comprehensive compliance, according to the company. AURO is AWS and GCE compatible, offers full API controls, and is SSAE 16 compliant.
“We now have a public cloud in Canada that delivers the same enterprise infrastructure as other large public cloud providers, but adds the ability to completely control where and how their customer data is stored,” said Matt McKinney, Director at Canadian Web Hosting. “We’ve created an open platform that gives every customer the ability to spin up resources in real-time, and do so with the knowledge that their data is protected in a cloud that is the most secure in Canada and compliant with all Canadian privacy regulations.”
Canadian Web Hosting is also adding availability zones in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal to give customers local access to users and meet strict privacy requirements. Upgrading to Icehouse also allows Canadian Web Hosting to offer a set of tiered cloud storage solutions.
OpenStack clouds continue to appeal to customers seeking a high performance cloud environment without “vendor lock-in,” as shown by the huge funding round just announced by Mirantis.