Calgary-based startup The Politburo has just announced the launch of its new platform, Cloud Workspace, dubbed the first 100% Canadian-hosted marketplace for cloud applications.
The platform makes it simple for businesses to purchase and manage their apps in one place with an administrative console. Additionally, developers are able to publish and sell their own apps on the Cloud Workspace.
The Politburo currently features 350 apps from service providers such as Salesforce, Microsoft, Adobe, Sage, and Quickbooks. Businesses can shop for apps by category, get recommendations, perform feature-by-feature comparisons, and review product profiles. It also features a dashboard that lets users access their apps with one login and perform administrative tasks, like quickly adding approved users, upgrading apps, or reviewing key usage data.
“Up until this point, Canadian businesses, governments and service providers have not had access to a Canadian hosted, open and democratized commercial cloud platform,” explains CEO Robert Hart. “Our solution will enable Canadian businesses to quickly and easily migrate to the cloud without the fear of data privacy and US Patriot Act issues.”
According to a recent report, former Microsoft chief privacy adviser Caspar Bowden revealed that it is lawful in the US to conduct purely political surveillance on foreigners’ data accessible in American clouds. The Treasury Board, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner, and others have long warned of the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the use of trans-border communications and cloud computing.
Canadian businesses concerned with privacy issues can now take a worry-free step towards the cloud and potentially experience significant savings in operating costs as well.