We’re proud to announce that our Noggin 2.0 integrated safety and security platform is now available in the AWS Canada Region, in addition to other generally available Noggin 2.0 zones around the world. Launched in December 2016, the Canada Region enables AWS customers in Canada to store data locally and address regional data compliance requirements.
Noggin 2.0 is hosted in the AWS Canada (Central) Region, specifically. Enabling our launch in the region was the recent addition of a third AWS Canada (Central) availability zone – consisting of one or more discrete data centers, housed in separate facilities, each with redundant power, networking, and connectivity – to support the high demand of the growing Canadian customer base.
That customer base for AWS’ secure cloud services now includes the Government of Canada, after AWS Canada (Central) Region successfully passed a security assessment that met the Government’s high security standards. Those security standards are enshrined in the Government’s broader cloud-first adoption strategy, in which the public cloud is singled out as the preferred option for delivering IT services, but that security risks in cloud adoption must be managed so as to safeguard Canadians’ data and privacy.
Indeed, Canada has built up a robust data privacy regime, one of the strongest in the advanced world, even though it takes a federated approach to data residency. The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), for one, ensures that data storage providers conform to privacy best practices. PIPEDA turns crucially on ten fair information principles that form the ground rules for the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information, as well as for providing access to personal information. Those principles give individuals control over how their personal information is handled in the private sector.
Moving data without permission to a data center with weak privacy protections violates PIPEDA, which is why data sovereignty is so important to both Canadian organizations and businesses like us, who host the critical information of Canadian customers. It’s also why our infrastructure partnership with AWS Canada is so valuable, as the availability of major cloud services in-country is a significant step towards achieving data sovereignty and residency for our customers.
Our Canadian customers understand the value of the infrastructure partnership with AWS Canada – now more than ever. For many entities, both public and private, Covid-19 has become a data privacy and security crisis, in addition to a public health event. So, hosting our platform in the AWS Canada (Central) region gives those customers much-needed peace of mind.
That's in addition to all of the other benefits our customers receive from our AWS infrastructure partnership. For instance, we architected our platform using a distributed microservices approach: AWS's Elastic Container Service for the computer layer and AWS's DynamoDB and S3 for our storage layers. AWS services also enable us to instantly scale horizontally as demand grows and back down again when demand eventually reduces. The architecture gives us the ability to pull together tons of relevant content, add it to our library, and release it to our customers immediately.
Finally, the added flexibility that AWS gives us to architect scalable, fault-tolerant, and highly available solutions has been a key selling proposition for the 40 Canadian organizations to whom we have rolled out our Free Noggin Covid-19 Response Modules, which AWS helped us stand up so quickly, mere days at the very beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. The Modules themselves comprise a set of dashboards developed to help healthcare organizations and businesses respond to the pandemic, with practical solutions for business continuity, crisis management, supply chain management, travel risk management, emergency communications, and now, back to work and recovery. And the best part is our Canadian customers can benefit from these capabilities, secure in the sovereignty and integrity of their data.