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RackForce opens second Toronto-area cloud delivery center

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kelowna, B.C. – Hybrid Cloud and Hosting provider RackForce (www.rackforce.com) announced today it has selected IBM Canada’s new Barrie, Ontario data center as the site for its second Toronto-area cloud delivery center. RackForce has opened the new delivery center to meet strong customer demand for its services.

After a long search and review of many sites RackForce selected IBM’s new state-of-the-art Barrie facility due to its close strategic proximity to Toronto, exceptional infrastructure, security features and environmentally friendly ‘green’ operation. The Barrie cloud delivery center provides additional capacity as well as redundancy for RackForce’s other centers in Toronto, Calgary and Kelowna.          

RackForce launches Cloud-Express server brand

Easy to purchase, pre-configured, lower-priced cloud server products.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kelowna, B.C. – Hybrid Cloud and Hosting provider RackForce Networks (www.rackforce.com) announced today a new brand of cloud servers named Cloud-Express. Offering a streamlined approach to selecting and purchasing cloud servers, Cloud-Express is comprised of seven pre-defined configurations spanning a range of sizes supporting a wide array of use cases.

Cloud-Express is available in configurations from a 2 GB RAM, 1 vCPU model through a 30 GB RAM, 10 vCPU High Performance model. It provides simplicity, flexibility and performance, delivered on premium RackForce infrastructure with secure, fully redundant hardware in tier III configured Canadian data centers.

RackForce selected as Canadian VMWare Cloud Credits Service Provider

New Program provides flexible, easy to use model for purchase of Cloud Services

Monday, March 11, 2013

Kelowna, B.C. – Hybrid Cloud and Hosting provider RackForce (www.rackforce.com) announced today it is participating in the new VMware Cloud Credits Purchasing Program.

Launched at VMware Partner Exchange 2013, VMware Cloud Credits is an innovative new program that enables VMware customers to obtain public cloud services provided by a VMware vCloud® Service Provider. Cloud Credits are purchased from the customers’ existing VMware Solution Provider then redeemed for services provided by a VMware vCloud Service Provider, such as RackForce, when the customer requires public cloud capacity.

RackForce Renews SSAE 16 SOC 1 and CSAE 3416

Services Products and Operations review completed for third consecutive year

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kelowna, B.C. – Hybrid Cloud and Hosting provider RackForce (www.rackforce.com) announced today it has successfully completed its annual third party review of controls for its service delivery and operations under the SSAE 16 SOC 1 and CSAE 3416 standards. This is the third consecutive year RackForce has successfully completed the review and received an attestation from an authorized independent auditor.

The attestation confirms the completeness and reliability of RackForce’s controls for service delivery and operations measured against broadly accepted industry standards. SSAE 16 and CSAE 3416 are related American and Canadian standards. They closely mirror the ISAE 3402 international standard and replace the SAS70 and CICA 5970 standards.

RackForce increases Cloud scalability

Cloud-Enterprise server product now scales to 96 GB of RAM.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hybrid Cloud and Hosting provider RackForce (www.rackforce.com) announced today a significant scalability increase on its premier Cloud-Enterprise (Cloud-E) cloud server product. Effective immediately, Cloud-E virtual machines can scale to 96 GB of RAM. Previously the RAM limit was 24 GB per virtual machine.

This increase was enabled through ongoing technology investments in server hardware, network hardware and virtualization software. It further increases RackForce’s position as a premier provider of cloud solutions for organizations requiring real enterprise-class scalability and performance. Scalability up to 96 GB RAM per virtual machine is among the highest available from any North American cloud service provider.

RackForce enhances premier Cloud Server product

Co-Managed Support is now standard on RackForce Cloud-Enterprise product, providing automated alerting, real-time monitoring dashboard and historical reporting.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kelowna, B.C. – Hybrid Cloud and Hosting provider RackForce (www.rackforce.com) announced today a significant enhancement to its premier Cloud-Enterprise (Cloud-E) product. Effective immediately, the base configuration of Cloud-E now includes Co-managed Support as a standard feature. Previously Co-managed Support was an optional service.

RackForce Co-managed Support provides customers with automated, real-time proactive notification of a wide variety of events on their Cloud VMs, such as threshold and error alerts. Further, it includes an intuitive graphical dashboard, viewable from web-browsers and mobile devices, providing real-time monitoring and historical reporting of the health and performance of their cloud VMs.

DTM Systems is pleased to announce their strategic partnership with Rackforce

Thursday, April 12, 2012

[Vancouver, B.C. – April 12, 2012] DTM Systems Corporation is pleased to announce their strategic partnership with Rackforce Networks Inc. In partnering with Rackforce, DTM Systems intends to further expand the business technology options available to customers by providing the latest in innovative technology solutions. Operating System layer, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services are all part of what Rackforce can bring to the client as a service from their class-leading ‘GigaCenter’ data center in Kelowna and cloud centers in Calgary and Toronto.

Canada's opportunity to be a Cloud leader

Cloud Computing Best Practices
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

[the Globe and Mail] KPMG released some news yesterday that Canada has a 14.9% cost competitiveness advantage over the US in the digital industries sector. This is due to the “lowest effective corporate income tax rates”. So I have to ask the question, why aren’t we seeing more tech companies setting up base here in Canada, especially with cloud looming?

It’s not for the lack of qualified employees. There is a huge workforce available for this sector, especially if you look at Burlington or Waterloo Ontario. Additionally, we have pretty relaxed immigration laws that allow for businesses to start up here in Canada and recruit from a global candidate pool.

VMware building federated ecosystem

IT in Canada
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

One of cloud’s key value propositions is busting – an organization’s ability to burst from the use of local computing resources that have reached their limit to take advantage of elastic capacity offered by an off premise provider. This hybrid cloud approach is touted as especially appropriate for situations where user demand may spike according to business seasonality, unpredicted, rapid growth, etc. But have you ever wondered how the service provider can deliver on SLAs while promising limitless capacity to service demand it cannot predict?

Software alliance connects intellectual property to cloud computing growth

IT Business Canada
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Although Canadian cloud providers point to data privacy and security as the top reason that many businesses haven’t adopted cloud services yet, a new Business Software Alliance study makes the case that stronger intellectual property laws are needed.

Canada is a laggard among developing countries when it comes to having government policies that promote the growth of cloud computing services, according to an alliance representing the world's leading software brands.