We need to make some changes to one of our .CA domains and are looking to register one. When we went to our registrar of choice DomainsAtCost.ca to manage our domains we saw the following after logging in:
Please be informed that CIRA, the .CA registry, is currently closed for a 24 hour maintenance period from October 12, 2010 at 9 AM until October 13, 2010 at 9 AM Eastern.
So, it looks as though we are on hold for our .CA needs at the moment.
While Cloud vendors may be a little more conscious of their user’s needs and try to run maintenance at a time when their services use is at its lowest, this situation brings cause for pause when it comes to evaluating how a Cloud service can either benefit or hurt our client’s operations.
An honest evaluation of the Cloud service and the costs to our client’s business if the service is down must be taken so that our client can evaluate the risks to their business as clearly as possible.
Once those risks have been evaluated and approved we can move forward with setting them up with a hosted Exchange and SharePoint environment (we are partnered with Own Web Now for this service), or even go so far as to serve SBS 2008 and Windows 7 desktops to them via SPLA licensing on our servers.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
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