Virtual Firewall Service

Network firewalls help organizations ensure staff and students are securely accessing the internet

In Alberta, most organizations host their own firewall equipment, which drains valuable time and resources. The Virtual Firewall Service removes this extra workload by placing a virtual firewall upstream on Cybera’s network gateway.

This scalable software solution is capable of supporting multiple organizations, doing away with the need to host their own local equipment.

The Virtual Firewall Service is currently available to smaller Alberta public institutions (see "How To Join" below for more details).

 

Benefits of the Virtual Firewall Service:

  • Organizations do not have to buy and host their own physical firewall appliances, reducing their infrastructure and overhead costs.

  • Network managers can also greatly reduce “hair-pinning” (where internet traffic through the centralized firewall doubles back on itself), saving on bandwidth traffic.

  • Members have a secure, scalable environment to trial cutting-edge network technologies with other networking experts.

  • Additional advantages of using Alberta-based cloud infrastructure: local data storage, Calgary/Edmonton redundancy, and fast failover.

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Cybera's Role

  • Cybera hosts the virtual firewall on its network gateway.
  • Members remain responsible for configuring and managing their own firewall (this service simply removes the need for physical upgrades/maintenance).
  • See the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

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How To Join

  1. This service is available to Cybera members in Alberta's public sector who are connected to Cybera’s Internet Buying Group (check if your organization is a Cybera member).
  2. It is geared towards smaller institutions (with bandwidth traffic of under 1.3 Gbps).
  3. Contact firewall@cybera.ca to get started.

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Cost To Join*

PAN VM-Series Firewall Flavour Annual Cost of Cybera's Virtual Firewall Service
VM 100 $3,800
VM 300 $4,200
VM 500 $4,800

*Does not include applicable taxes or cost of a Palo Alto Networks (PAN) VM license. Going forward, Cybera is investigating including an open-source firewall option.

 “Our district only includes eight schools, but they’re spread out over a distance of 15,500 square kilometres, so if a router blows up in one school, it can take hours for one of us to drive out there to fix it. And because our region is prone to power outages, we couldn’t risk having one firewall for all the schools. The Virtual Firewall Service has worked out great for us — it only took one afternoon to get set up, and already it’s blocking more of the content that we want blocked than our previous setup did."

"The peace of mind of not having to worry about replacing equipment when it’s reached its end of life, or worry about nine different physical appliances potentially going down, has been one of the biggest benefits of this service!”

Kendal King, IT Specialist, Prairie Land Regional School Division no. 25

Want to find out more? Contact the Cybera firewall team.