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by Justin Ellingwood
There is a huge opportunity in Canada for you. A lot of our Canadian customers don't want their data sitting in the U.S. and Europe location is too far/slow.
A Canadian POP currently isn't on our radar but if it gets enough up-votes it will be.
Another Canadian here, we're often excluded from any US operations but we certainly would love service inside of our country. :D
We definitely want to have as many and as a diverse set of POPs as possible and CA is a good choice.
But I dont think we would be able to get one opened before 2014.
I think this is a great idea, as you said POP diversity is an important aspect for any cloud computing company, and unfortunately this is one of the main reasons we are not using Digital Ocean as our primary platform yet. Have you ever considered partnerships with existing datacenters for the physical hypervisors and either announcing your IP space or setting up BGP Sessions on your behalf? (Ex: Netelligent in Canada or Selectel in Russia)
Regardless, your service is great, the price point is competitive, the only thing lacking is additional POPs and slightly more flexibility in the Web UI / Setup (manually adjust PTR, select IP addresses manually from the available pool, etc.)
Keep it up, guys. Voted for this one.
We are looking into bringing up additional POPs this year and we hope to have some announcements soon, aside from that we very closely monitor our UserVoice votes from customers to see where they would like us to open up space next.
In regards to PTR, its auto-set just update the hostname of your virtual server and it will automatically get updated - if you would like to have this separated into a separate feature please let us know.
Unfortunately we do not allow selecting IPs from the pool as the backend figures that out based on availability and which prior IPs were assigned to your virtual servers.
Didn't really expect a response, just giving some general input, thank you for taking the time to address it.
All my concerns are covered then, however I was actually referring to the ability to manage PTR manually (separate from hostname) or (in our case) even remove it if desired.
Again, thank you very much for the level of service you provide, and we're looking forward to working with you over the coming months/years.
We'll look into rolling out PTR records that can be manually edited without renaming the hostname of the virtual server and just pre-set it to that upon virtual server creates to make it easier.
Thanks for the feedback :)
I live in Canada and work for one of the largest employers here. I've seen many contracts for hosted online services such as farming out background checks and small web tools.
It's almost always stipulated in the contract that any information they maintain be stored in Canada so it's not subject to USA Patriot Act. It would be a boon for some of these small companies to be able to build on cloud infrastructure in their country.
There aren't many contenders right now in the Canadian "Cloud" infrastructure business. Bell Canada is fumbling around with vendor provided kits trying to implement them, Peer 1's cloud Zunicore brand has no Canadian POPs, Telus has services geared to medium to large business.
It would really be open season for a cloud infrastructure provider targeting startups and small business looking for Canadian locations.
There's a lot of SolusVM + VPS types out there but none that I know of with hourly billing, good prices, and an API that isn't crap.
Canada is definitely on our list we hope to announce our next pop in the next 1-3 months and then announce a new pop each quarter there after!
I would like a Canadian Data Center as well. Toronto or Vancouver.
Actually, A Canadian datacenter option will be popular with American/International companies too. Some will like their data kept out of reach of the Patriot Act. And from a network perspective, Toronto is just a few milliseconds from New York. 151 Front is one of the major peering points on the net.
We hope to announce some new POPs shortly and Canada is on the list of where we are looking =]
montreal is a great POP location as well.. just saying :)
iweb is one nice place to prospect..
Love Montreal, beautiful city, however for datacenters we only use carrier neutral facilities, of which iWeb isn't one.
For a canadian data centre I recommend rackforce in Kelowna British Columbia, my company uses them for colocation (2 racks) and they have excellent infrastructure, and are safer then vancouver when considering natural disasters (such as earthquake and tsunami risks) would be happy to share any information to help
Another Canadian here, Western Canada specifically. Let me know when / if you set up here. Thank you.
I too have come across concerns from customers regarding the Patriot Act as well -- here's a vote for a data centre in Canada.
Montreal is a destination of choice even for european application... the network is strong and severall backbone are available that cover north america.
More over, our electricity in Quebec ( province where Montreal is located ) is Green and from Damp.. This is the strongest in North America... so im totally agree with the iweb data center proposal in the thread !! Please do a pilot project asap !!!! and i will take care of market it for you in the french province !!!!
Oups.. just was Iweb is not carrier neutral.. can you exlplain ? there is also Cannix and i can recommend some other if you want
Carrier neutral means that the datacenter provider only provides the physical space and you select which carriers (Level3, Global Crossing, Tinet, etc.) that you want to use.
That is why we work with facilities like Equinix and Telecity because they are carrier neutral and we can select any transit providers that we like.
In regards to Canada Montreal is definitely a great choice.
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