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Using Terraform: Part 3

Introduction Part 1 of this series gave a high-level overview of what Terraform is. Part 2 showed how to use Terraform to deploy a single virtual machine inside an OpenStack cloud. This blog post will show how to deploy multiple virtual machines inside an OpenStack cloud to act as a highly-available (HA) pair. High Availability means the …

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AXIA Maintenance and/or Network Upgrade – Calgary Meet Me

Category: Scheduled Axia maintenance Start Time: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 00:01 MDT End Time: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 06:00 MDT Duration: 60 Minutes During the time frame indicated above, Axia will be performing maintenance on their network in Calgary. The outage duration should be less than the total duration of the reserved maintenance window and …

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Using Terraform: Part 2

Introduction Part 1 of this series gave a high-level overview of what Terraform is. Today’s post will demonstrate how to use Terraform to build out actual cloud resources using Cybera’s Rapid Access Cloud. Preparation If you’d like to follow along, you’ll need two things Terraform Access to a Rapid Access Cloud account (or any other OpenStack cloud) …

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Introducing Terraform: Part 1

Introduction 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. Declarative Configuration Declarative Configuration is a way of describing the state …

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New Google connection in Calgary will speed up (and lower costs) of internet for all Albertans

Twenty years ago, the first Internet Exchange (IX) was set up in Canada (in Toronto). It was soon followed by a second, in Ottawa. Today, Canada has eight IX’s, including two here in Alberta – the YEGIX in Edmonton, and the YYCIX in Calgary. Why this explosion of exchange points? Because Canadians are tired of …

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Testing Redundancy for Google Service

Category:    Google Services Start Time:    2017-03-17      8:00 am Local time.  (Friday) End Time:    2017-03-17      4:00 pm Local times. Anticipated outage duration: No Outage During the time frame indicated above, CYBERA will be adding a redundant connection to Google Services at YYCIX ( Calgary) Internet Exchange. During the above outage window we do not expect any …

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Cyber Summit 2017

The future is already here: It’s just not very evenly distributed

The story behind the Cyber Summit 2017 theme “The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed” is a quote by William Gibson, a writer who has explored the effects of technology, cybernetics and computer networks on humans. The visionaries within the Prairies’ Research and Education Networks work behind the scenes to connect …

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OpenConext Deployment: Part #3

By Andrew Klaus, former security advisor, Cybera In part two, I explained how to create the repository for configuration management, and deploy infrastructure to support the OpenConext platform. In this part, I’ll be covering how to prepare the Ansible environment, install OpenConext, and test if the installation was successful. Prerequisites Ansible and other dependencies need …

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Shaw scheduled maintenance

Category:       Calgary Supernet Maintenance Start Time:          2017-03-11    18:00  Local time.  (Saturday) End Time:            2017-03-11    18:30 Anticipated outage duration: 10 minutes During the time frame indicated above, SHAW will be performing maintenance on the Cybera to Supernet connection in Calgary. The outage duration should be less than the total duration of the reserved maintenance window and could …

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OpenConext Deployment: Part #2

By Andrew Klaus, former security advisor, Cybera In part one, I talked about what myUnifiED is and the various tools Cybera has used to deploy it. In this post, I’ll be covering how to create the repository for configuration management, and deploy infrastructure to support the OpenConext platform. To keep things simple, I’ll only create …

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Cybera maintenance – tonight

Category:        EDMONTON router maintenance Start Time:          2017-03-08  21:30  Local time.  (Wednesday evening) End Time:           2017-03-08  21:45 Anticipated Outage Duration: 15 minutes or less During the time frame indicated above, Cybera will be performing maintenance on one of its virtual core router in Edmonton. The outage duration should be less than the total duration of the …

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OpenConext Deployment: Part #1

By Andrew Klaus, former security advisor, Cybera Cybera is working on a two year pilot to create an Identity Federation for K-12 schools in Alberta, called myUnifiED. This Identity Federation will use OpenConext, an open source hub and spoke federation platform, as the technical solution. In this three part blog series, I will detail the …

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CRTC Declares Broadband Internet Access a Basic Telecommunications Service – How Communities Can Benefit

Griping about a slow internet connection has become the unofficial pastime of rural Canadians. But a recent CRTC decision may improve this state of affairs. In December 2016, the commission ruled that residential fixed broadband and mobile broadband internet access are basic telecommunications services—equal in importance to the landline telephone of the 20th century. The …

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Axia/Supernet scheduled maintenance (Calgary)

Category: Calgary Supernet Maintenance  AXIA Change Ticket # CA0001322541  Start Time: 2017-02-08  00:01  Local time.  (Wednesday)  End Time: 2017-02-08  06:00  Anticipated Outage Duration: 5 minutes  During the time frame indicated above, Axia/Supernet will be performing maintenance at the Calgary PoP. The outage duration should be less than the total duration of the reserved maintenance window and …

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Axia/Supernet scheduled maintenance (Edmonton)

Category: EDMONTON Supernet Maintenance  AXIA Change Ticket # CA0001322911  Start Time:  2017-02-15  00:01  Local time.  (Wednesday)  End Time: 2017-02-15  06:00  Anticipated Outage Duration: 5 minutes  During the time frame indicated above, Axia/Supernet will be performing maintenance at the Edmonton PoP. The outage duration should be less than the total duration of the reserved maintenance window and …

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