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Using Terraform: Part 3

By Joe Topjian / May 14, 2017

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) …

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Using Terraform: Part 2

By Joe Topjian / Apr 22, 2017

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 …

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Introducing Terraform: Part 1

By Joe Topjian / Apr 13, 2017

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 …

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

By Admin / Apr 10, 2017

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? …

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Today’s startups need to stay nimble: how technology can help

By Admin / Mar 21, 2017

Calgary’s Paper Interactive, Inc. offers a good lesson for startups on the benefits of staying open to new ideas. The company behind ContractClub (a cloud-based contract management and digital signature platform) actually began as a group of engineering students looking to solve a common issue for wind-powered generator companies: accurately …

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Testing Redundancy for Google Service

By Admin / Mar 17, 2017

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 …

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

By Admin / Mar 16, 2017

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 …

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Astronomers Use Cybera’s Rapid Access Cloud To Find ‘Very Unusual’ Star System

By Admin / Mar 13, 2017

Adapted from the University of Alberta press release This graphic features an artist’s impression of the extraordinarily close stellar pairing, known as X9. Photo credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Astronomers from the University of Alberta have found evidence of a star that orbits around a black hole every 28 …

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OpenConext Deployment: Part #3

By Admin / Mar 13, 2017

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 …

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Shaw scheduled maintenance

By Admin / Mar 11, 2017

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 …

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OpenConext Deployment: Part #2

By Admin / Mar 9, 2017

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 …

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Cybera maintenance – tonight

By Admin / Mar 8, 2017

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 …

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OpenConext Deployment: Part #1

By Admin / Mar 7, 2017

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 …

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