It’s 3 a.m. – Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

Do you know where your data is?

BriteSky gives you the cloud, without asking for the moon

Are you familiar with the U.S. Patriot Act? How about the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)?

You should be, if you’re a Canadian public or private sector organization concerned about data sovereignty.

Data sovereignty is the concept that information in digital form is subject to the laws of the country in which it is located.

That means if your data is stored on servers in another country, say the U.S., it’s subject to the laws of that country. You’ve lost control of who can access your data and when.

That can be problematic, if not risky.

What if your data includes confidential or proprietary information related to your clients or intellectual property? How about healthcare organizations, which operate under strict guidelines to ensure patient data doesn’t leave the province, never mind the country?


The rise of cloud services has made it even more challenging to control your data and your privacy.

Now your data can be stored anywhere. It’s almost a certainty that if you rely on cloud services from a U.S.-based vendor, your data has left the country and is now subject to foreign laws and prying eyes–even if that provider has a data centre in Canada.

Getting your data back and cleaned from that cloud provider’s servers is practically impossible, says Richard Losier, Executive VP of Engineering and Technology at Ottawa’s BriteSky Technologies.

“Many organizations make the process of exiting very strenuous,” he said. “Your data is often a source of marketing revenue. Most providers have contracts that give them ownership over your data and the right to keep a copy.”


BriteSky recently hosted a lunch event featuring counsel Sheila FitzPatrick, Chief Privacy Officer for data management company NetApp Inc. “Data security is not data privacy,” she said. Companies can have world-class security, but no data privacy. While all cloud vendors can address security, few can address privacy.

BriteSky can.

How? Because it’s taken a senior team of data centre managers who have worked with various global companies and architected a unique cloud service that resides entirely in Canada. Data sovereignty and privacy is no longer an issue.

And they back it up with a quick and nimble client-fi rst philosophy that monolithic service providers just can’t match.


BriteSky’s PODDs (portable, on-demand data centres), can be custom built. The company has agreements with Canada’s incumbent telcos to co-locate PODDs across the country as close as possible to its clients. This ensures a high-speed connection for real-time data backups and retrieval.

“A PODD looks and feels to our clients like it’s their own data centre,” said President Joey Harrison. “Within a PODD, each client gets their own virtual vault, tailored to their privacy and security needs. The beauty of our architecture is its flexibility. We provide a level of customer control no one else in the cloud space can.”

BriteSky’s PODDs are ideal for any business that wants to escape traditional tape backups, develop a rapid disaster recovery plan, customize a service package tailored to its specific needs and budget, and avoid the costs of setting up and staffing its own data centre. Clients range from local businesses to multinationals


“I don’t want your credit card,” said Harrison. “I want to discuss what you want to accomplish, and how our flexible architecture can adopt to your requirements, instead of trying to make your requirements fit my cloud.”

How obsessed is this team about your privacy? BriteSky is SOC 2 compliant and every soul on the payroll is Secret cleared. To learn more, please visit or call 613-836-3700.

Read this article on the Ottawa Business Journal website.