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5 Must-Haves for Online Personal Information Storage

Since its beginnings in 1999, Cartika has offered platforms, infrastructure, and software as a service as a trusted partner to its clients. Now in 2018, we are becoming ever moreaware of the importance of keeping personal data safe. In Canada, Cartika has upheld the requirements as laid out in PIPEDA since it’s passing into effect in 2004. PIPEDA recognizes not only the importance of protecting your personal data, but also the need of organizations such as Cartika to responsibly collect and disclose this information.

Cartika - Compliance, Flexibility, Performance, Support

Cartika.com has gone through some changes recently, in order to reflect the renewed direction of our company. We are focusing on offering compliant, comprehensive, and consistent IaaS and data storage solutions for computer environments of all types.

Cartika Compliance

Since its beginnings in 1999, Cartika has offered platforms, infrastructure, and software as a service as a trusted partner to its clients. Now in 2018, we are becoming ever moreaware of the importance of keeping personal data safe. In Canada, Cartika has upheld the requirements as laid out in PIPEDA since it’s passing into effect in 2004. PIPEDA recognizes not only the importance of protecting your personal data, but also the need of organizations such as Cartika to responsibly collect and disclose this information.

Content Delivery - 6 Great Benefits of Using CDN

Content Delivery CartikaA Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a powerful system designed to improve website performance. The most obvious benefit of CDNs is that they solve the biggest problem caused by latency - that annoying wait time from the moment the user requests a web page, to the point when it's finally onscreen. Two main factors cause this delay.

GDPR Compliance

The recent regulation in the EU law entitled "General Data Protection Regulation," (known as GDPR) is an extensive set of privacy regulations dictating the rights of EU citizens to understand what personal information is held by companies, what they use the information for, along with the ability to delete their personal information from companies databases. It is also a set of regulations which mandates how companies must adhere to the above rights of EU citizens, and also, in our case, some pretty explicit guidelines with how data services, which deliver, serve and/or store personal data need to be handled. Fortunately, for Cartika and our customers, we are a Canadian based organization, which has been required to operate under a similar Personal Information Protection and Electronics Document Act (known as PIPEDA), for a significant period of time. Between GDPR and more stringent PIPEDA requirements coming May 25th and June 1st 2018 respectively, Cartika was amply prepared to meet and exceed such requirements for all of our customers - both in how we handle and use customers personal information, as well as, with the data services we deliver to our customers and their respective environments.

Cartika launches Big Data to round out our Managed Services and IaaS Compliance initiatives

After nearly 20 years providing Managed Infrastructure Services, Cartika has continually evolved our services and now integrating Big Data into our offerings to keep up with the ever-changing reality of Data Services and Cloud Computing. With the NSA toolkits being made public last year, security and breaches both increased in severity and frequency. Sadly, as we slowly discovered, the NSA toolkits did not just impact a few out of maintenance Windows Operating Systems as was originally reported. Every Operating System was impacted to various degrees, and the "toolkits" themselves was more than just a pre-fab set of existing hacks, they were literally a set of "toolkits" that became weaponized in the hands of skilled hackers across the globe. Organizations were simply not prepared to handle breaches of this scale and magnitude, leaving software and Operating System vendors scrambling to patch software, and IT departments scrambling to ensure their data, and their customer's data was safe. Resultant outcry regarding data security and privacy has resulted in new compliance standards (ie GDPR) being created, as well as restructuring existing compliance requirements (PIPEDA, HIPAA, SOX/FISMA) to modernize their scope and penalties in cases where compliance is not met.

Migration from ANY Environment!

The following article first appeared February 2018 in SuperbCrew. Cartika provides cloud-based infrastructure and platforms, that are tailored to our customer’s unique needs. To learn more about the company see our recent interview below with Andrew Rouchotas, CEO at Cartika: Q: Andrew, tell us something more about the company? A: Where we’ve made a mark for ourselves is with pro-actively managed infrastructure, and application stacks. As the market needs have become more sophisticated and evolved, so has our focus. Our humble beginnings were in 1999 as an application hosting and support firm, evolving to platform and infrastructure hosting. We added colocation facilities & Network Operations Centers in Dallas and Toronto, with development offices today in Russia and the Ukraine, as well. Q: What made you restructure your offerings? A: Our customers were looking for more than plain vanilla support. They wanted a partner who could solve their problems before they had them. IT departments should be focused on internal applications and support, which keep their teams productive. It isn’t the best use of their time to be managing the computing environment, keeping up with the latest updates, patches and usage trends. We can manage all that for them with greater reliability – and better resource utilization.

Smarter Partners

At Cartika, we’re always looking at how we can make cloud infrastructure more effective. To this end, we’ve been adding a number of new partners who extend our – and your – capabilities. Andrew, our boss, has always said that he wants to work with people that are specialized, and smarter in their field than he is. We hope that means us! This same philosophy has permeated Cartika’s strategic partnering. When we look at potential partners, we’re not only looking for experts in their field, but we’re also looking for how we can each be better – and provide more seamless service to you. If, for example, we can optimize infrastructure to accelerate results with their platform, that’s a great reason to partner.

Superb Crew Interviews Cartika CEO Andrew Rouchotas

This article first appeared on Superb Crew's site  

Cartika began in 1999 as an application hosting and support firm. In 2000, the company purchased its first server and this was the beginning of our evolution to platform and infrastructure hosting. They added a colocation facility in Dallas and expanded to Toronto – Silicon Valley North. Today, the company has Network Operations Centers in both cities, with development offices in Russia and the Ukraine. Those locations are where solutions such as Cartika’s IaaS cloud platform and Bacula4 backup system were conceived of and created. Below is our interview with Andrew Rouchotas, CEO of Cartika:

Meeting the Challenges of Scalability and Agility

IaaS meets Scalability and Agility challenges. Wouldn’t it be lovely if the flow of business was entirely predictable? Of course it isn’t, so the hallmark of a well-run business is that it has plans on how to augment and adapt to market shifts. Seasonal businesses have long faced the issue of troughs and peaks, but most early phase businesses only plan for continual growth. When that stutters, bi-directional scalability becomes a major issue. Harvard Business Review identified confusion between growth and scaling – vastly preferring the latter, and listing “building capacity to scale” as a key business success factor. A subset of scalability is agility – the ability to quickly adapt. This frequently means being able to take advantage of emerging technology and trends. Adaptation requires resources – both to plan and implement the change. This is an area where mega-lithic corporations have traditionally fallen on their faces. They see the iceberg, but can’t turn quickly enough to avoid it. Forbes called agility “the new currency of growth”, equating it with innovation in importance.

Cartika's Exciting and Innovative new Program for Partners

Cartika Reseller Program

We have recently announced the launch of our new reseller model called the Premium Partner Program. The goal of this innovative new approach is to give our reselling partners complete control over the environments they manage for their clients while Cartika takes care of the day-to-day infrastructure management tasks and support. Also, our partners have access to a wide range of add-on solutions that can be seamlessly added to the platform, giving them a broad portfolio of on-demand IT services to help grow revenues.

Cloud Email Just Got Flexible! Single Domain Exchange and POP/IMAP

Cartika Cloud EmailThe way email is being hosted and managed has changed at Cartika, and we’re really excited about it! For a long time now we have been trying to solve a problem with how email accounts are allocated between shared users on a single domain. Most business-class email users typically need the full functionality of Microsoft Exchange™. But, there are many instances when a group of corporate users is best-served with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of POP/IMAP accounts. Until now, a service allowing both Exchange and POP/IMAP accounts on a single domain didn’t exist. Our engineering team has risen to the challenge.

Augmenting Internal IT with Managed Services - A Winning Combination!

Augmenting Internal IT CartikaIs fear of losing control holding you back from realizing the many benefits of an external Managed Services Provider (MSP)? Some IT managers oppose outside help fearing it will somehow weaken their position. But in practice, augmenting internal IT teams with missing skills and resources has the opposite effect, providing better results and increasing the value of the IT function to the organization. Particularly when it comes to infrastructure and supporting non-standard applications.

Using APIs to Better Manage Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Using APIs for IaaSApplication Programming Interfaces (APIs) have played a silent, but critical role in the success of cloud computing. Vendors have been using APIs for years as a cornerstone in building today's complex IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS applications. As a result, APIs continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes connecting systems around the world, making our lives that much easier.

6 Things Resellers Must Know Before Choosing a Managed Services Partner

managed services partnerIt’s very common in the IT space to resell the services of others. We won’t go into all the reasons why, but in general, reselling helps broaden and complement existing services, provides a revenue opportunity, and has a strategic benefit. Although we are focusing on the process of selecting a managed services partner in this article, many of the concepts apply to working with any partner.

Email Management Should be Top Productivity and Security Priorities

Outsourcing IT and Managed ServicesJunk email, or SPAM, is a source of irritation for anyone with a clogged inbox. Even worse, user-level email management kills employee productivity, and poorly tended mailboxes are a popular vector for security threats. If you crunch the numbers, businesses can squander tens of thousands of dollars annually to lost productivity, while malware lurks in unfiltered junk mail.

7 Situations When Outsourcing IT Managed Services is Most Compelling

Outsourcing IT and Managed ServicesKeeping up with the complexities and costs of information technology is no easy task and especially true for SMBs. To solve this challenge, many now leverage the cloud for their infrastructure needs. But, as valuable as the cloud can be, IT environments must still be deployed, optimized, monitored, managed, and secured. This is why outsourcing IT managed services in addition to infrastructure has become increasingly attractive.

Cloud Insights - A Netscout Interview with Cartika CEO Andrew Rouchotas

Interview with CartikaNETSCOUT, the world leader in application and network performance management products and solutions recently sat down in an interview with Cartika  CEO Andrew Rouchotas as he gave his thoughts on how business owners should be using cloud services to manage their IT assets. Below is the transcript of that interview. The original post was published HERE.

Cloud-Based Backups are NOT a Total DR Solution

Cloud-Based Backups CartikaCyber-attacks and natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and fires always grab the headlines. But, what causes the high majority of business interruptions are ordinary, everyday events such as power failures, human error, and faulty software or hardware. As a result, most companies will experience a significant IT disruption at some point. Many are turning to cloud-based backups as a way of providing faster, and more reliable recovery.

Buying IaaS Managed Services: What You Need to Know!

IaaS managed services for IaaS Cartika When dealing with critical aspects of your business, you can’t afford to take risks! Yet many companies don’t do enough due diligence when buying add-on IaaS managed services. Some buy standard off-the-shelf packages and assume everything they need is in place and will work as advertised.