Canadian businesses have so many options available to them when it comes to choosing a web host.
In North America alone, there are tens of thousands of hosting companies serving individuals and businesses around the world. For anyone that has spent time researching web hosts, you know that it can be quite an overwhelming process. So many options. So many plans. So many hosts vying for your business.
One factor that is becoming increasingly important to business owners and IT professionals is the location of their web host. As a Canadian web host located in Toronto, we here at Cirrus have plenty of customers based in the Great White North.
So why should your business in Canada consider going for a web host that runs out the same country? Here are our top reasons for choosing Canadian web hosting…
Differences in privacy
One major difference between the US and Canada when it comes to your website and online data is how privacy is handled in the different countries.
In the United States, their privacy act differs greatly from Canada’s. In the US there is almost no privacy protection for data owned by companies – there is no comprehensive data protection legislation in place and much of data privacy and use relies on self-regulation. Did you know that American authorities can block your access to your own data or even spy on you without a court order? We have the Patriot Act to thank for this. (You can read The Patriot Act and your Data over at CIO for more info).
In Canada, the private sector’s use and application of personal data is highly regulated, protecting sensitive and personal information for both individuals as well as businesses.
Click for more information about Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, often shortened to PIPEDA.
Your data is closer to you
As a Canadian business, when you choose a web host based in your country or even local area, your data centers will be closer to you.
So how does this help?
The closer your data and online information is to you and your customers, the better your site load will be. Your customers want access to real-time data… real fast! Having a data center close to your geographical location results in the experience of lower latency when accessing websites. Want improved performance and faster results for robust applications and programs? Consider how far your data center is from you. Canadian colocation could be just the ticket.
You can visit your data center
When you choose a web host that has data centers far removed from you, you pretty have to take their word when it comes from their data center claims.
When your data center is close by, you don’t need to take anyone’s word. You can do your own follow up. You can actually visit the data center facility and check out all its characteristics for yourself. Wondering about the type and quality of the hardware and infrastructure running your business? See for yourself. There’s no better way to feel secure and confident in your web host than doing some of your own homework.
Our data centre is located at 151 Front Street in Toronto. Swing by for a visit anytime!
Local court jurisdiction
A web host that is outside of your country will not be held accountable under your own country’s laws and jurisdiction. Local courts will have jurisdiction in case of any issues with the hosting provider – it all comes down to where they are based.
It’s hard enough keeping track of your local laws… why would you want to face a situation where you are forced to inform yourself about the laws in another State far removed from you? The cost, the time, the resources needed for this kind of a situation are certainly prohibitive. While you would hope that you would never find yourself in the situation of needing to take your web host to task with the law, you just never know.
Support a local business
Last but certainly not least… If you live in Canada, you are supporting a Canadian business. If you live in Toronto or the GTA, you are supporting a local business when you work with us.
As more and more people become disillusioned with the massive multi-national corporations taking over the world’s economy, there has been a big push lately to go local. Many people don’t think of going local with their web hosting… but as with virtually any industry, there is almost certainly a local option.
At Cirrus Tech, we’re proud of being one of the leading web hosting companies offering shared hosting and VPS in Canada . Do you work for a Canadian business that needs rock solid technology and hosting solutions at competitive prices? Why not join us? Let’s support home grown business!