A History of Canvas Host
Canvas Host is the sustainable Web hosting division of Canvas Dreams, and
is based in Portland, Oregon. Customers worldwide turn to us for professional
ethical service, caring customer support, and responsible, sustainable practices.
Like the canvas of a fine painting, our services form a solid foundation of
web hosting, and e-commerce services. Our logo reflects the
interwoven thread of canvas as a symbol that our services are a platform
from which to build a solid, strong business.
A recent EPA study indicates data centers consume 3% of all energy
arethis figure could triple by 2020), it is not enough for IT providers
to use renewable energy. Total energy consumption must be reduced. We developed
an energy-minimization strategy and now design and build our own smaller, high-efficiency
servers resulting in 60% energy savings per server for operating and cooling.
We strive to be a model for other IT companies to operate sustainably and use
technology to reduce their own carbon footprint.
In the community, Canvas Host sponsors non-profits and activities like Green
Business Network, Patagonia Rising, and Friends of Trees to educate and raise
awareness about sustainable business practices. We are also building an interactive
community between our customers and vendors to create a self-driving economy
that gives back to and supports itself. Canvas Host is much more than a
Web host; we're closing the loop and tying it all together.
Canvas Host has seen substantial growth over the years:
In 1998, Canvas Dreams began as a home-based brain child of entrepreneurs
who sought to create a virtual business free of brick-and-mortar overhead.
In the early days, we relied on digital communication through phone, email
and instant messaging, as means to create a virtual workspace.
- In the following years we saw first-hand how many hosting providers failed
to meet the quality of service we expected. In 2002, we began providing hosting
services directly to our customers by leasing servers from several national
datacenters. This resulted in a considerable improvement of service and security.
Yet we felt we could do better, if we could directly control the physical hardware
and hosting environment that was so crucial to our customers' growing businesses.
- We therefore built out a secure, world-class hosting facility in 2005 located
directly on the Internet backbone in Portland, Oregon. Our technology is
rock-solid, fully redundant, and managed and supported by 24/7 staff that
are committed to delivering excellent service and help.
- In 2007, Canvas Host became the first Web hosting company in the Pacific
Northwest to use 100% clean wind energy, generated locally by Portland General
in the Columbia River Gorge. Our commitment to sustainable practices has
seen the formal development of a sustainability
including a reduction
in waste and renewable energy
and plastic recycling, telecommuting
and carpooling, and an emphasis on supporting
the local economy by purchasing
from vendors and hiring contractors who live in the area.
- In 2008, we were recognized by PGE, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, and Green America
as an industry leader in sustainable practices.
- In 2009, we expanded our service lines to include virtualization services
(VPS servers) and VoIP-based phone systems.
- In 2010, continued growth showed us using 20079
kWh of REC-offset electricity per month. Additionally, we became
B Corporation and an EPA
Green Energy Partner.
- In June 2010 we published our unique approach to Sustainable
a concept we crafted known as "The Three C's" (Conversation,
Community, and Commerce), which centers on building a lasting relationship
with our customers (and helping you learn to do the same with your customers)
to create a supportive
network of trust that grows your business and helps it withstand changing economic
- In November 2010, we were awarded the Green
Business Leadership award, which
highlights our efforts to serve as a role model for sustainable businesses
- In December 2010, we acquired Taproot Hosting, a green web hosting provider
in Portland. This added hundreds of new accounts to our growing portfolio,
further enabling us to grow our staff and infrastructure.
- In September 2011, we established a partnership with Bonneville
Environmental Foundation, a local non-profit organization that helps businesses purchase
renewable energy from a much wider range of sources than Portland General
Electric. Though we enjoyed working directly with a local utility, Bonneville
Environmental Foundation enables us to purchase energy from wind, solar, geothermal,
and other renewable sources, invest in new renewable energy projects throughout
the state of Oregon, and ensure our purchases support local efforts to benefit
- In November 2012, David Anderson, Principal of Canvas Dreams was elected
to the VOIS Alliance board of directors. VOIS champions sustainable business
and progressive policy at the city and State legislative levels and is helping
create an economy focused on social causes.
- In 2013, Canvas Dreams worked with B
Lab and other certified B Corporations
to help push through legislation in Oregon, to formally recognize Benefit Companies
as an official company status. On June 18, 2013, David Anderson attended
the signing of the law at Governor Kitzhaber's office in Salem.
- In October 2013, we changed our renewal energy purchases from wind
energy to geothermal, to support local projects in Oregon that are proving
to be more sustainable, with less environmental impact and cost.
- In November 2013, we rebranded our business to Canvas Host, and continue
our goals of responsible, caring, sustainable business matched with unbeatable
From our humble beginnings with Web design and marketing in 1998, Canvas Host has become an internationally recognized Web hosting provider
forward with no-oversell hosting, environmentally responsible services, and
a never-ending commitment to the very best personalized, 24/7
support and services.