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Cybera recognized for its support of gender diversity in IT

This week, Cybera’s Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Barb Carra, was pleased to represent Cybera as it accepted the inaugural KNOVO Award of Distinction for corporate gender diversity. Cybera was one of 11 organizations honoured at the awards ceremony, which was held on Tuesday in Calgary’s Jubilee Auditorium. KNOVO was launched in 2015 …

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Alberta Educator’s First Major Shared Service Passes the Test

When over 53,000 students at three of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions went online this month to register for courses and communicate with their teachers, it was under the watchful eye of the University of Alberta’s IT staff. The institution has successfully transferred the operations of one of Alberta’s first educational shared services from Cybera (Alberta’s not-for-profit …

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That Escalated Quickly

One of Cybera’s newest projects involves creating a pilot Identity Federation for Alberta K-12 School Authorities. This Identity Federation, known as MyUnifiED, will give participating school staff and students the ability to log into different web services using their school’s login account — they no longer need to have a separate set of credentials stored …

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Area51 Declassified

Welcome to the Rapid Access Cloud Experimental Region NOTE: The Area51 cloud region was decommissioned in 2018 Cybera’s Rapid Access Cloud provides a stable and reliable platform for non-production, demonstrative, or development purposes, using tried and well-tested OpenStack services like OpenStack Compute (nova) and OpenStack Object Storage (swift). Introducing new services to the Rapid Access …

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Municipalities “to the right of the dot”. Imagine the new opportunities!

By Richard Schreier, Project Manager​, Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Until recently, there was not a lot of choice in what domain name came after the dot in your web address. Traditionally, .CA or .COM were two of about 250 top-level domains (or TLDs in domain industry jargon) available, most of which were very specific to the …

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Classroom Case Study: Working with NoSQL Databases on the Rapid Access Cloud

By Michael Strobl, PhD Student, University of Alberta A common use of Cybera’s Rapid Access Cloud has been for classroom learning. Instructors from a number of Alberta institutions have used the cloud to run student assignments, teach the basics of cloud computing, or run modern-day analytics. This post highlights one such use case from the …

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“CY-Fi” brings super-fast Wi-Fi speeds to Calgary’s tech innovators

Visitors accessing the public Wi-Fi at Calgary’s Alastair Ross Technology Centre (ARTC) will now experience some of the fastest internet in Calgary. The ARTC — which offers affordable office space and business advisory services to over 100 local start-ups — has recently connected to Alberta’s Research and Education Network to provide innovators with an invaluable …

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Alberta’s Public Sector Celebrates Four Years of (More) Affordable Internet

Members of the Alberta Internet Buying Group may have noticed their internet bill was a little lower this month. July 2016 marked the seventh major decrease in the cost of bandwidth for the group, which was reduced from $5.75/Mbps to $5.00/Mbps. This month also marks the fourth anniversary of the Internet Buying Group. To celebrate its achievements over the past four …

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Doing Science with Data

As part of Cybera’s mandate to explore new technologies and share our experiences with stakeholders, we are actively looking for new ways to improve our processes and bring value to our research and education community. One of the first projects I worked on when I joined Cybera was our metrics dashboard… More specifically, I was …

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Data Science – So Hot Right Now!

Last month’s Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) started with some hands-on problem solving for attendees to mull over: How long will it take 3,000 people  to filter through one registration desk, given there are four possible streams they could register through, sorted alphabetically by last name? You might be tempted to reference last year’s registration …

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SDN Symposium 2015

Cybera will be hosting an invite-only, one-day technical symposium in which participants will learn and exchange practical technical experiences with SDN, OpenFlow, and OpenStack. The symposium will kick-start exploration and adoption in the Canadian Innovation, Research and Education community. It will precede the 2015 Cyber Summit, which this year is focusing on the evolving discipline …

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