Rapid Access Cloud

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

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 mapping wind. I know what …

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

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 minutes. This could be the …

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Alberta’s Rapid Access Cloud unveils free tools for powerful computing and deep learning

As data analysis becomes more complex — with people looking to sort through, process and visualize information from massive volumes of data — traditional computers are proving ill-suited to carry out such deep learning / artificial intelligence work. Graphics processing units (GPUs), however, are a great fit for these applications. Today, Cybera is pleased to …

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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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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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Disaster recovery cloud resources available to Albertans

Businesses or individuals who are affected by the fires in and around Fort McMurray are invited to use Alberta’s Rapid Access Cloud to temporarily store a backup of their servers, or get their websites, email hosting or other services back up and running. Available through Cybera, Alberta’s not-for-profit technology accelerator, this free disaster recovery service …

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