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The Softchoice Blog: Cloud

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Cloud | October 9, 2019 by Liz Teodorini
Virtual Discovery Expo, or VDX—a free, online-only tech conference—just wrapped and the community is still abuzz about it. VDX featured more than 25 disruptive vendors, along with breakout sessions, networking opportunities and downloadable takeaway content. We love tech conferences, and so we were excited to deliver this one right to our customers’ desks. Enough exciting […]
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Cloud | September 30, 2019 by Sarah Walker
Small and medium businesses (SMBs) have a lot to gain from shifting their technical operations into the cloud. In addition to improved flexibility and scalability to match IT resources to demand, a cloud migration can also deliver savings by transitioning from a CAPEX to OPEX model. The consistent and predictable costs of cloud services for […]
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Cloud | September 23, 2019 by Sarah Walker
Softchoice is no stranger to the cloud. We work with organizations ranging from small businesses and startups to global enterprises to understand their needs and help them select the best options when it comes to cloud vendors. We recognize that to remain a cloud partner of choice, we need to stay ahead of the curve. […]
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Cloud | August 19, 2019 by Softchoice Advisor
VMworld is the marquee VMware event of the year. The conference showcases the technology and solutions providers that are transforming the IT landscape. From mobility and the cloud to networking and security – VMworld offers a glimpse of what’s happening in IT now – and what’s coming next. The annual US conference kicks off in […]
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Cloud | July 31, 2019 by Scott Mathewson
Most companies today use at least one cloud provider in some capacity.  Within two years, 92% of companies will be using two or more. This hybrid cloud world is forcing traditional data center design to evolve. The rise of hyper-converged systems and software-defined everything requires businesses to reevaluate traditional network and security designs to take […]
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Cloud | July 25, 2019 by Akshay Nikam
The evolution of cloud computing Cloud computing has come a long way. The concept first took off as companies looked to capitalize on low-hanging fruit such as infrastructure renting or hosting mobile and web content. This strategy proved effective in lowering costs and improving scalability for seasonal changes in the business. Today, the cloud has […]
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Cloud | July 11, 2019 by Todd Simpson
For the sixth consecutive year, Softchoice has been named one of the world’s top managed service providers on the Channel Futures annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings list. The MSP 501 is the largest and most comprehensive ranking of managed service providers worldwide.
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Cloud | June 16, 2019
Editor’s note (June 2019): We updated this post to reflect the latest news about SQL Server 2008’s End of Support.  It’s End of Support time for Microsoft SQL Server 2008. For any enterprise using it, this poses lots of immediate questions. Can I hang on to SQL 2008 regardless? If not, what are my migration […]
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Cloud | June 10, 2019
Inertia is a powerful force, such that Albert Einstein famously said, “Nothing happens until something moves.”
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Cloud | May 23, 2019
Transitioning to the cloud can be an intimidating process. Though vital to improving capabilities and offerings, businesses often struggle when making the leap due to a lack of internal resources.
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Cloud | May 14, 2019
Cost optimization in the cloud is a universal issue, whether using Microsoft or another provider. According to research by Softchoice, 57% of IT leaders have exceeded their cloud budget at one point or another. Twenty percent have exceeded it by more than 20%. Any organization investing in the cloud, to any extent, can experience cost overruns.
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Cloud | April 29, 2019
Moving to public cloud often results in sticker shock, despite the conventional wisdom that cloud computing is a money-saver. However, a higher-than-expected AWS or Azure bill usually isn’t a sign that cloud migration was a mistake – only that it would benefit from cloud governance best practices that help control and optimize spend.
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Cloud | April 29, 2019
Jumping into a cloud migration without the right planning is like signing a contract without reading the fine print. What initially seemed straightforward can quickly become much more complicated and expensive than expected.
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Cloud | April 3, 2019
The Windows Server 2008 end of life date is almost upon us. On Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer offer extended support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, meaning these platforms won’t receive any additional security patches or other updates. Their workloads will need to be migrated to newer environments – whether that […]
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Cloud | March 14, 2019
Many of our clients want to make the move to Microsoft Exchange Online, for a number of reasons. They want to give their end-users the collaborative power of the cloud, the flexibility to access their data anywhere, and up-to-the-minute access to the latest updates. In short, they want their email service to keep up with […]
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Cloud | January 18, 2019 by Susana Byun
VMware announced its vision for the future of networking last May in Las Vegas, with the “Virtual Cloud Network” (VCN). The concept to provide a single software-defined layer of connectivity, security and control for your entire mix of cloud and on-premises workloads, offers some exciting new promises to enterprise leaders and IT departments.
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Cloud | December 13, 2018 by Arun Kirupananthan
The cloud speeds up development. It also speeds up DevOps spending. 35% of all cloud spending is waste. How do you reap the benefits of cloud-enabled development, while avoiding financial havoc?
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Cloud | December 6, 2018
Moving Beyond Cloud FUD It is necessary that companies be able to take advantage of a newly connected business world. These days, the speed, mobility, and flexibility offered by the cloud are just table stakes. It’s vitally important that your company overcomes the fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) that can surround the cloud.
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Cloud | November 30, 2018 by mmarra
  The options available for where and how to deploy SQL Server in Microsoft Azure are often confusing for organizations who are new to the cloud platform. IaaS and PaaS offer different services and selecting the wrong option for your data can cause implementation delays, performance issues, and failed deployment projects.
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Cloud | November 29, 2018 by Siobhan Cox
Every year at Cisco Partner Summit, Cisco brings partners, customers, and technology together to explore the future of networking. Together, we find out how to create value and solve customer challenges.
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Cloud | November 17, 2018 by Tadd Axon
There is plenty you can do to optimize and modernize your security practices. But, if you don’t know what is available to you, or how to configure, you won’t be able to take advantage of these benefits.
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Cloud | November 16, 2018
Microsoft Canada to raise commercial online services / Cloud products (Office 365, Azure, Dynamics) on December 1st, 2018. Microsoft is announcing Canadian dollar price list changes for commercial online services, effective December 1, 2018.
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Cloud | November 8, 2018 by Arun Kirupananthan
Learn about the 3 ways to break through internal barriers to cloud adoption. Includes tips and best practices for North America’s Top Azure Partner.
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Cloud | November 2, 2018 by mmarra
There are many reasons why companies choose to leverage public cloud resources. One of the most common is that the cloud provider shares the responsibility for the infrastructure with the customer. This means that the consumer of cloud resources can spend more time and effort focusing on the application itself rather than on the underlying […]
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Cloud | October 25, 2018
Many companies want to adopt the public cloud, but fewer are able to do so in a reasonable way. Moving some or all your workloads into the cloud isn’t as simple as ordering services from Microsoft. Implementing best practices for public cloud migration in a few areas can be pivotal: Cloud security, Cloud budget optimization, […]
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Cloud | October 16, 2018
As more organizations move their IT workloads to the public cloud, IT teams are scrambling to acquire the right knowledge and talent to help them do so. According to Softchoice’s new research report, The State of Cloud Readiness: IT Leaders Lost in the Cloud, hiring is IT teams’ top method for seeking that talent.
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Cloud | October 10, 2018
Over the past decade, public sentiment toward cloud security has drastically improved. A look back at headlines from 2008 reveals the public’s apprehension toward the cloud and its security measures. “Cloud computing is a trap…” one headline claimed, while another asked, “How can we trust the cloud, Net or whatever “it” is if we can’t know where […]
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Cloud | October 4, 2018 by Jonathan White
When it comes to the cloud, IT leaders need to be very careful about choosing which workloads to migrate first. Here’s why: delivering business value upfront creates momentum and support for future cloud initiatives.
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Cloud | October 4, 2018
In 2006, Amazon launched Elastic Compute Cloud – widely considered to be the first cloud service on the market. Since then, we’ve heard plenty of conversations about the opportunities of cloud computing. But more than a decade later, cloud migration continues to be a source of anxiety for IT leaders.
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Cloud | September 27, 2018 by Javis Chou
App Connect connects and syncs data between Cloud-native applications and On-premise back-end systems. Companies are using these capabilities to connect far-flung departments and enhance the customer experience. Let’s demonstrate how this works with a couple of use cases.
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Cloud | September 20, 2018
What’s new at VMware? We found out, at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas. It turned out the answer is many things. For example, VMware on AWS has become more affordable while offering new disaster recovery capabilities. And vSphere Platinum is promising a new paradigm shift for security.
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Cloud | September 19, 2018
Before beginning your cloud journey, it’s important to recognize the impact that cloud usage and costs will have on your ultimate success.
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Cloud | September 7, 2018
Azure public cloud services are among the most important we deliver. But no two Azure customers are alike.  Each comes to us with specific motivations for adopting public cloud. Some want to lower costs. Others want to enable innovation and competitive advantage.
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Cloud | August 17, 2018 by Jeff Armstrong
I’ve been knee-deep in cloud technologies for the last five years, working with startups to Fortune 500 organizations.  Surprisingly, the concern of “Vendor Lock-in” didn’t start popping up until about a year and a half to two years ago.  Realizing this, a couple of questions popped into my head
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Cloud | July 30, 2018 by Arun Kirupananthan
Adobe has redefined the way design work is done. That definition is still changing. With the newest additions to Creative Cloud, they’ve made it possible for your team to collaborate more fluidly, create compelling content on mobile devices, and effortlessly cross the barriers between different mediums.
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Cloud | July 23, 2018 by Scott Mathewson
The challenges facing multi-cloud enterprises show no signs of slowing down. From preparing legacy applications for hosted environments, to skills shortages and lack of experience, businesses pursuing a hybrid IT strategy have their work cut out for them. In a recent webinar hosted by Softchoice, our experts conducted a deep dive on the VMware Cloud […]
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Cloud | July 19, 2018 by Luke Black
This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 –Microsoft’s biggest partner conference. We’re bringing you the latest news and announcements. See the Day 1 recap here and Day 2 recap here. The highlight of Day 3 of Microsoft Inspire was Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote address. After the […]
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Client Computing | July 18, 2018 by Luke Black
This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 –Microsoft’s biggest partner conference. We’re bringing you the latest news and announcements. See the Day 1 recap here. Kicking off Day 2 of Microsoft Inspire 2018, Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, hosted a keynote and shared […]
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Client Computing | July 17, 2018 by Luke Black
This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas, attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 – Microsoft’s biggest partner conference – and I’m excited to bring you the latest news and announcements. The conference opened with an inspiring keynote presentation about digital transformation and the way people now experience life through technology. As Microsoft […]
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Cloud | June 29, 2018 by luisa
In April, I attended the Cisco Collaboration Summit. It was an opportunity to gather insight about Cisco’s new collaboration portfolio, and to meet the innovators behind its execution. This year, the focus was on simplicity. As Senior Vice President Rowan Troloppe said in the keynote address, the company obsesses over the principle of “simple.” Staying […]
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Cloud | June 20, 2018 by Liz Teodorini
Microsoft forecasts that two-thirds of Office 365 business users will adopt cloud by June 2019. The reason is simple. Today’s mobile users need anytime, anywhere access to their files, and the cloud makes that dead-easy. But, while accessing your data is simple with Office 365, data protection it isn’t so straightforward. Many users are unfamiliar with […]
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Cloud | June 1, 2018 by Liz Teodorini
Through our work with thousands of organizations using Microsoft Office 365, we’ve discovered many teams don’t realize they are responsible for data backup. In collaboration with Veeam, our experts have created this infographic to help protect your mission-critical data.
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Cloud | January 24, 2018
While Microsoft Office 365 is a staple of today’s businesses, the first step—migrating your business to the cloud—can seem overwhelming. And once that’s done, it’s all for nothing if your organization isn’t able to take advantage of all the potential of this suite of products. One way to ensure you’re maximizing your investment in Office 365 is to engage with a proven partner with deep experience in every migration phase, from pre-planning to end-user training—but it’s absolutely critical to choose the right partner.
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Cloud | December 11, 2017 by Arun Kirupananthan
Businesses often turn to the cloud as a new destination to run their workloads. But getting the most out of the cloud requires more than a simple lift-and-shift of your applications.
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Cloud | December 6, 2017
The public cloud is no longer a blip on your IT radar. Powered by Category 5 winds of change, cloud adoption now covers every corner of the IT horizon. In 2019 alone, worldwide public cloud revenue is expected to grow 17.3%. By 2020, 60% of IT infrastructure and 70% of software and IT services spending […]
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Cloud | November 30, 2017 by Javis Chou
Over the last decade, cloud computing has become a popular mainstream solution. For good reason. Cloud computing has accelerated decision-making processes as business units can start new apps or services quickly. It offers new and exciting ways for organizations to connect with clients. It has fundamentally changed the way organizations operate.
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Cloud | November 24, 2017 by Jonathan White
There’s a simple reason why one in three businesses say their cloud migration was more expensive and complicated than expected. They planned it wrong!
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Cloud | November 15, 2017 by Todd Simpson
Many IT leaders have been asking themselves if they need a Cloud Managed Services Provider. Given a lack of experienced cloud technologist and growing complexities, the answer seems clear. As Gartner has pointed out, the chances of businesses having a “no cloud” policy will soon sound as ridiculous as having a “no Internet” policy today. Learn more.
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Cloud | November 1, 2017 by Tobin Dalrymple
Hybrid IT is one of the fastest growing trends in digital transformation, with nearly 80 percent of businesses planning to combine private and public clouds, according to IDC. And, as with all technology transformations, there is no universal recipe for success. But there are a number of key ingredients which are almost always a good idea to include — or at least consider — as you craft your hybrid strategy.
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Cloud | November 1, 2017
It is important to recognize the impact Azure cloud usage and cost management will have on your success in the cloud. A thorough gap analysis will help you make prudent decisions and avoid costly and unnecessary surprises.
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Cloud | October 26, 2017 by Tadd Axon
There is a lot to love about Azure and what it offers organizations in terms of capabilities for compliance and security. Nevertheless, even the simplest cloud projects require scrupulous planning, research and ongoing care. If you do not follow these best practices for Microsoft Azure security, risks will invariably follow. 
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Cloud | October 23, 2017 by Arun Kirupananthan
An increasing number of companies realize cloud-based data backup is the most cost effective and safest storage solution.
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Cloud | October 11, 2017 by Jonathan White
If you already know which workloads to move to the cloud and in what order, then you are ahead of the curve! For everyone else, the question remains: How do you get moving on cloud application migration in a material way? And where do you start? While it is tempting to pick from a branch of low-hanging fruit, you need to do your research first. Only with due diligence and the proper methods can you create an effective cloud roadmap.
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Cloud | September 26, 2017 by Liz Teodorini
The decision about whether to invest in Hybrid IT is a big one. Large-scale changes to your data center come with the need for new protocols and education, a modernization period, and associated costs. To determine the best course of action for your business, you will need a deep understanding of your current data center environment and its performance. Most crucially, you need to understand how well your data center is meeting your customers’ demands.
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Cloud | August 25, 2017 by Arun Kirupananthan
Editors’ note: We updated this post with a special offer! Visit this page to learn more. You’ve always maintained individual licenses for your business-critical software. If your organization is in one of many verticals that use design tools, there’s a good chance Adobe products are on that list. Like many vendors, Adobe has moved to pure […]
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Cloud | May 4, 2017 by Chris Martin
Unless you’re a company of one, communications is the backbone of your organization’s productivity. But that backbone may soon break under the weight of obsolesce, making now the ideal time to look into how cloud can shore it up today and brace it for the future.
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Cloud | March 27, 2017 by Michael Lucas
On February 28th Amazon Web Services (AWS), a cloud infrastructure provider for the likes of Netflix, Comcast, Adobe, Dow Jones, GE, and even NASA, suffered at the hands of “Murphy’s Law”. While debugging an issue within the S3 billing system, an incorrectly entered command removed a larger than expected amount of server capacity. This unexpected loss of available capacity forced the remaining servers supporting the subsystem to restart, creating a degradation of service that caused a ripple effect across other services supported by S3. Click to learn more.
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Cloud | February 13, 2017 by Karen Bader
The original version of this post was contributed by Rachel Dines, Director of Product Marketing at CloudHealth Technologies. and featured on the CloudHealth Tech Blog. Amazon Web Services (AWS) started what I like to refer to as the “Cloud Gold Rush” in 2006. They began offering storage at a monthly rate of 15 cents per GB, and compute […]
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Cloud | November 23, 2016
Want to migrate core workloads to Azure, but uncertain of risks and costs? Fear not! The answer to your worries can be found in one of the last places you might expect: a backup and restore solution. Specifically, Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure, part of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5.
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Cloud | November 16, 2016 by Karen Bader
Traditional IT – while continuing to innovate and bring new technology to the business – is not able to keep up with the rapid pace of change and innovation happening within the business. As a result, organizations are searching beyond traditional IT for new ways to increase agility, improve time to market, and more flexible […]
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Cloud | November 10, 2016 by Softchoice Advisor
“Whether it’s a “cloud-first” start-up looking at their own infrastructure needs or a more mature company slowly moving to the cloud, every business today is embracing hybrid IT in one form or another,” says Alexandra Della Sera, Softchoice Associate Solution Architect. Still, as with any new technology, organizations possess significantly varied levels of familiarity, she […]
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Cloud | September 15, 2016 by Brett Gillett
Achieving rapid application development is not just about tools. In order to adapt existing processes, skillsets and technologies to DevOps, it is necessary to create the right culture.
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Cloud | August 30, 2016
Here is a simple example of how using automation in the AWS platform helped one of our clients ensure compliance with a strict internal security policy.
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Cloud | July 25, 2016 by Brett Gillett
In this article, I’ll tell you about the three majors benefits to automating your AWS infrastructure.
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Cloud | May 4, 2016 by Vikram Gandhi
If you’re in the testing stages of Office 365, the complexities of identity management problems—such as provisioning and single sign-on—have probably begun to rear their ugly head. Bad news: it’s just the start of what will be a bigger problem.
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Cloud | January 18, 2016
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced in 2016 they will launch an AWS Region in Canada. Canadian IT shops will be able to access the powerful AWS platform while ensuring data sovereignty within Canada.