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Practical Cloud Services for Canadian Small Business
Practical Cloud Services for Canadian Small Business

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Better. Stronger. Faster.

Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology.

OK, Oscar Goldman doesn’t work for us, but we are making big improvements in our cloud hosting infrastructure; which means better tools, stronger security, and faster performance. 
 
Datacenter Consolidation
In our efforts to continually improve, we are moving some servers from the Montreal datacenter and consolidating our Canadian Cloud Server Platform in Peer 1's newest state of the art SSAE16 Type II, CSAE3416, and PCI certified Canadian datacenter in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This ensures safe, fast connectivity to your cloud servers or your shared cloud hosted website via our 10Gbps FastFiber Network™ connections. 
 
Moving beyond VPS to Flexible IaaS
For our Cloud Server (VPS) customers, the new IaaS (infrastructure as a service) cloud stack is powered by ElasticStack. Which means that we can now offer you a much more flexible allocation of on-demand cloud server resources. No more preset node sizes. Choose the exact amount of CPU, RAM, HDD or SSD, and data traffic that you need. Buy it by the hour, by the month, or by the year (and get 2 months free).
 
Apache, PHP, MySQL upgrades
For our Shared Cloud, Web Hosting customers, we have updated the core software running your sites.  You will benefit from the improved performance and security features in CloudLinux 6.4, Apache 2.4, PHP 5.4 and MySQL 5.5 – your website has never run faster!
 
Goodbye Xen. Hello KVM.
Our old cloud stack was based on Xen and served us pretty well, but we can do better! We evaluated VMWare and Xen, two other virtualization platforms providing similar capabilities to KVM. Linux KVM is a virtualization hypervisor which is built into mainline Linux. It uses the full range of hardware virtualization support, and directly uses the regular Linux scheduler and I/O device drivers. Xen runs an external hypervisor for scheduling, and uses a modified Linux kernel in domain 0 to provide device drivers (this means stealing some CPU cycles from your VPS). 

Based on the better, faster hardware virtualization support, we selected KVM as the best architecture for virtualization on modern processors such as VT-x and NPT from Intel or AMD-V and EPT from AMD.  This choice will ultimately provide improved performance for both our dedicated cloud server customers and our shared cloud hosting customers.
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57% of web visitors will abandon your site if it does not load in under 3 seconds! The average load time for the top 2000 retail sites is 10 seconds. Is your slow site costing you money? Ask us how we can help! http://mashable.com/2012/11/22/slow-websites/
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2 main benefits of #CloudComputing for Legal Professionals: Flexibility and Cost efficiency.
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We are excited to announce the relaunch of Bold Beaver Communications with a new focus on practical cloud solutions for Canadian small & medium business.  We will help you select the right cloud computing solution for your business - AND WE CAN SAVE YOU MONEY!

Featured Cloud Based Solutions:
 - Scalable Cloud Servers
 - Shared Cloud Hosting
 - Secure Cloud Backup
 - VoIP Cloud Phone - Hosted PBX
 - Business Class IP Phones

Canada's small and medium businesses need practical solutions to help accelerate growth and provide affordable disaster avoidance and recovery solutions to ensure uninteruped business continuity!

Check out boldbeaver.com and then let us know how we can help grow your business?
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Fantastic new update to Google Analytics will let us more accurately measure the ROI for your social media marketing campaigns ...
There's no question social media is opening up new avenues for marketers and businesses to reach and influence customers the world over. But it can be really hard to measure the direct impact your social media presence is having on your business. The new Social reports from Google Analytics, released today, help to bridge that gap. Social reports enable you to:
**See social performance at a glance and its impact on conversions
**Determine which conversion goals are being impacted by social media
**Find out how visitors from different sources behave
**Surface the content that’s good enough to share
**See how people are engaging socially with your content off your site across the social web

Take a look and, as always, let us know what you think the comments.
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If your job in any way includes SEO or content marketing, this is a must watch ...
I highly recommend watching this video, which gives a never-before-seen look at how Google creates its search algorithms.
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This really has huge potential to drive more relevance in YOUR search results. Unfortunately for marketers, this will drive an increasing percentage of searches which Google will not share the keyword data in analytics results.
Now we know Google’s master-plan for integrating Google+ ever more deeply into the Google ecosystem: Pour the whole thing into Google search. Starting today, Google+ members, and to a lesser extent others who are signed into Google, will be able to search against both the broader web and their own Google+ social graph. That’s right; Google+ circles, photos, posts and more will be integrated into search in ways other social platforms can only dream about.
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It's time to review and update our strategies and tactics for the coming year, and Google is forcing more changes on the digital marketing industry - not all of them good. In particular:
- hiding 10%-15% of the keywords used in search queries from analytics results
- delivering more content directly in the search results (reducing click through)

These will make it harder for marketing professionals to ensure that their content is properly tuned to the needs and desires of their consumer community. It will reduce the opportunity for visitors to see more detailed or related relevant content on the marketers site. And, it will also make it harder to measure the efficacy and return on investment for digital marketing campaigns.

What is your strategy? How do plan to adapt to these changing conditions?

#SearchMarketing #DigitalMarketing
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Some interesting things to note about how Google+ Pages work. Of particular note, Brand Pages cannot follow you, or +Mention you unless you follow them first.

No "mention spam" here. :-)
5 Cool Tips You Should Know About Google+ Pages

1. You Can +1 a Page to Show Support or Add Them to Your Circles

We know you love some brands and businesses. Others you may want to show a quick note of support, but not see all their updates. So just drop a little +1 and keep going, or add a page to any circle you want. You're in control.

2. No Google+ Page Can Follow You Until You Follow Them

We want Google+ to be a place you love to share. Pages cannot circle you until you follow them first. Of course, if you are in their circles, they can share great deals, exclusive coupons, product tips and hangouts, but the relationship is yours to start.

3. In Fact, Google+ Pages Can't Even Mention You Unless You're Connected

That's right. The +Google+ page can't even say your name unless you're following. No +mention spam.

4. Google+ Pages Automatically Unfollow You If You Unfollow Them

If you remove a Google+ Page from your circles, you are automatically removed from their circles. You always are in charge.

5. You Can Find Google+ Pages In Google Search

With a new feature we call Direct Connect, just type + followed by the brand name in Google Search, and you can see pages automatically display. Type +Pepsi to see Pepsi, and +Dell for Dell. It's that easy.

We're very excited about the great work we've seen with Google+ Pages so far. So many amazing companies are here, and you can see from all the work we've done that we want your experience on Google+ to remain a fantastic one.
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