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Using Terraform: Part 2

April 22, 2015
Joe Topjian, Systems Architect

Part 1 of this series gave a high-level overview of what Terraform is. This post will demonstrate how to use Terraform to build out actual cloud resources using Cybera's Rapid Access Cloud.

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Introducing Terraform: Part 1

April 13, 2015
Joe Topjian, Systems Architect

Terraform is a tool from Hashicorp, the same startup responsible for Vagrant and Consul, that enables users to “declaratively design” infrastructure and have those designs materialize into working components. This series will cover what exactly that means, why Terraform is so interesting, and how to use it.

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How Cybera’s Rapid Access Cloud is empowering large scale real world social network research with Viewcount

April 8, 2015

Cybera's Rapid Access Cloud provides innovators with instant access to online resources to build their own cloud computing environment. At the University of Calgary, Professor Mea Wang and her MSc student, Brad Rougeau, used the pre-commercial cloud to develop Viewcount, a Facebook application that offers an interface for analyzing views of photos and videos shared on Facebook.

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Behind the scenes of a train detrailment

April 2, 2015
Jean-Francois Amiot, Network & Operations Director

What started as a short news item in the Golden Star two weeks ago ended up being a fairly big headache for many network operators, including those who operate the Canadian Research and Education (R&E) network - and its member connections - from coast to coast.

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Using Airborne Thermal Imaging to Bring A New Perspective on Building Energy Efficiency

March 30, 2015

Climate change: two words that are inevitable in today’s media. Whether humans like it or not, global climate change is rapidly gaining pace in the 21st century due to increased greenhouse gas emissions.

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Playing with More Server Architecture Optimization

March 18, 2015
Micheal Jones, Systems Administrator

The Rapid Access Cloud offers test cloud infrastructure to anyone in Alberta with a spark of an idea, but without the resources to test it out digitally. Cybera began offering the Rapid Access Cloud in 2013 to provide Alberta-based academics, researchers, non-profits and small to medium sized organizations with uninhibited access to cloud resources for up to one year.

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A rationalization of the irrational - Happy Pi Day!

March 12, 2015
Robin Winsor, President & CEO

This year will be a once-in-a-century Pi Day. March 14, 2015, at 9:26 a.m. will create the first eight digits of Pi in perfect order. This won’t be happening for another century, so it’s best to get your Pi day celebrations planned now!

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A woman’s place in STEM

March 10, 2015
Preethi Kumar, Dev Op

Last Sunday, March 8, was International Women’s Day. I hold this day to grave importance and thought it would be timely to write this piece.

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Playing with Server Architecture Optimization

March 4, 2015
Micheal Jones, Systems Administrator

Optimizing resource usage in the cloud is an involved task. Whether it's staying within a budget or quota, or simply benchmarking a proposed architecture for how efficient it is, finding out the bottleneck can be an time-consuming process.

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Manitoba accelerating pace of innovation

February 23, 2015
Iman Bukhari, Communications Officer
Meagan Hampel, Director of Communications


Manitoba has often lagged behind the larger province’s in terms of economic output. With the spark of innovation, that might just change.

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