Google announces Montreal will be home to the first Canadian Google Cloud Platform region

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  • Hope they let Canadian customers keep their G Suite data in Montreal, otherwise O365 will continue to dominate in regulated sectors.

    • Blair Collins

      Unfortunately it’s not likely to come to G Suite as it’s designed to service the user’s data such as their mailbox from the nearest data centre. This way users, say in a Singapore branch of your Canadian company, get low latency and high performance. Office 365 can’t globally distribute data and service users like this from the nearest data centre. Tradeoffs… I acknowledge the optics issue of Canadian data and the Patriot Act. But Google listens and often surprises us with a solution.

    • It’s less optics and more regulation. Canadian K-12 educational institutions will never be able to embrace G Suite because of legislation that requires student consent (and in the case of no consent, an alternative) for any services that store data outside of Canada. Similarly, all gov’t agencies and contractors may only employ services that are hosted on Canadian soil. Since most of these entities reside in and access services exclusively from Canada, access to facilities in Canada would be far faster anyway. Two birds, one stone. Unfortunate is indeed the word.

    • Blair Collins

      There is no legislation forcing the data to stay in Canada. Ottawa, Alberta, Grand River School Boards and many more already use G Suite for K-12. The majority of Canadian Universities are also on G Suite such as Ryerson, McMaster, Western. In most cases an alternative is not offered. Ryerson is an exception.

    • You are mistaken. BC schools are restricted to services hosted in Canada unless consent is provided by the guardian of the student and cannot be required for education. Many schools/divisions also do offer G Suite for Education… along with FIPPA complient PIAs and consent/alternatives, the latter of which is a barrier to entry for small schools/divisions who haven’t the technical personnel to manage one IT system, never mind two independent ones.

      Also, any school that is federally funded (ie most/all first nations K-12 schools) are restricted to in-Canada data storage only.

      Post secondary isn’t part of this conversation, as they don’t [generally] educate children under the age of majority.