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The Road To 100

This week, Cybera celebrated an impressive milestone: surpassing our 100th member. This may not seem remarkable to others, but considering we began in 1994 with just two members, and a decade ago were hovering around 20 members, our exponential growth feels pretty remarkable to us. One reason for the major influx of members over the …

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Building a realtor recommendation tool with the help of data science

In the fiercely competitive property market, “location, location, location” is not the only factor that influences success. Having the right realtor can also make the difference between a big gain or a big loss (or a long sell time versus a short sell time). Like many other industries, real estate covers a broad range of …

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Cybera Edmonton Maintenance Notification

Cybera will be performing maintenance on its Edmonton router. Members should expect a few short duration outages (15 minutes) during the maintenance window. 

Emergency network maintenance – tonight

As a follow up to today’s outage, we require an emergency maintenance window later tonight that will result in a few short duration outages as we resolve a related outstanding configuration issue.

How Amii plans to build Alberta’s AI and machine learning capabilities

[This blog is adapted from a post that originally appeared on Digital Alberta in February 2019.] In 2018, after eight years with Cybera, our intrepid vice president of technology, John Shillington, stepped away from his role at our organization to pursue new adventures. John has always been on the vanguard of new ideas and digital challenges, …

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The rise of online education in Alberta (and how administrators are keeping up)

Education administrators in Alberta today face a host of challenges and responsibilities that were unheard of 20 years ago: from managing multiple learning platforms and technologies, to protecting staff and students from cyber threats and privacy intrusions. But what about the administrators at schools that have no physical buildings, but are completely online? Do they …

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An Introduction to Google Secure LDAP

More and more schools and organizations are taking advantage of sign-in tools from Microsoft Azure and Google for their authentication needs. These cloud-based services are often easier to manage than in-house systems, and don’t require any on-premise equipment. And with the increase in web services supporting logins from Google and Microsoft, there seems to be …

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The Origins of Canadian Supercomputing: The Visionary Role of Alberta

As part of Cybera’s 25th Anniversary, we will be publishing stories throughout the year looking back at the major milestones of Alberta computing. This week, we explore the early days of supercomputing in Canada, and how the University of Calgary’s investment in supercomputers helped set the stage for Compute Canada and the National Research and …

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March 8 Outage Assessment

On Friday March 8, Cybera experienced an outage that impacted several of our members. On Friday at 4:50 pm we began maintenance work on the DWDM in Edmonton to reset a backup power supply. This work was successfully completed by 5:00 pm. Shortly after (at 5:10 pm), we started receiving alerts notifying us that the …

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In places with no internet connectivity, Alberta libraries offer a lifeline

When you look at the total geographic region that the Peace Library System covers, you get a good sense of some of the challenges faced by its IT Services Manager, Janet Ayles. Peace Library basically serves the entire top-left corner of Alberta. With 46 libraries spread over 238,000 square kilometres, Ayles sees a broad range …

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Edmonton DWDM issue and subsequent outage – resolved

Category:          Network failure Start Time:        2019-03-08  05:06pm Local time. End Time:          2019-03-08  07:45pm Local time. Status update: Service via Edmonton DWDM is restored. It was found out that the DWDM power supply failed and replacement is done.

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Looking To Protect Your Students’ Data? Start With Their Login Accounts

Protecting children’s privacy online is a top-of-mind concern for educators. But for the IT administrators tasked with this job, the “hows” of doing so can be complex and multi-faceted. One good place to start is through managing the online accounts that students create to access their learning tools (such as G Suite for Education, Adobe, …

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Cybera Supports SWIFT Call For Equal Access to the CRTC’s Broadband Fund

Bright/translucent lines: Areas where SWIFT estimates internet service provider offer service packages with speeds that meet or exceed CRTC’s 50/10 “basic service” target. Dark hexagons: Areas considered served/ineligible to apply to CRTC fund. Last week, Cybera submitted a letter in support of Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT)’s appeal to the CRTC to reconsider its Broadband …

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Cybera’s Latest Initiative Teaches Data Science Skills to Alberta Entrepreneurs

The rise of the digital data economy Cybera has unveiled a new service to provide data science training and tools to Albertans. The Data Science for Entrepreneurs initiative provides Alberta entrepreneurs, businesses, and social enterprises with free training workshops and access to data science expertise. Funded by the Government of Alberta’s Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program, this …

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Cybera’s Case to the Telecommunications Legislative Review

Last week, Cybera submitted a brief to the federal government’s Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review panel. The panel has been tasked with reviewing Canada’s communication legislative framework in the digital age, focusing on issues of content creation, net neutrality and cultural diversity, and how to strengthen the future of Canadian media. We would like to …

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