International product launch today
When Wired magazine published a feature article on cloud computing in April 2012, they described one of the key figures, Chris Kemp, as a wunderkind of sorts — a former NASA Chief Technology Officer, the youngest in the youngest in NASA's history, and a driving force of open source software for building clouds "that is changing everything."
That same morning, Chris Kemp was in Calgary, Alberta, working with the technical team at Cybera, a publicly funded agency whose mandate is to help Alberta institutions and entrepreneurs use advanced network technology.
The Cybera team worked under a non-disclosure agreement to beta test an exciting new product called Nebula One, which is being launched today in California by Nebula, a world leader in cloud computing. Cybera was the first Nebula pilot-testing partner in one of only two Canadian sites.
At the core of the Nebula One system is a cloud controller — a device that is connected to a set of servers to create a cloud. It is designed as a 'cloud in a box' for larger organizations that are ready to replace their rooms full of servers with a more streamlined system. It is the kind of technology that provides the systems-wide solutions now sought to contain costs for the Alberta public sector, including post-secondary institutions.
"Our government's investment in Cybera is bringing the latest advantages in computing resources to Campus Alberta institutions to help them be more efficient, collaborative and productive," said Thomas Lukaszuk, Deputy Premier and Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education. "Cybera's partnership with Nebula demonstrates the tremendous talent we have in Alberta and our commitment to building effective shared services to benefit Albertans."
Cybera receives approximately $2-million per year in Alberta government support. Since Cybera's inception, more than $13 million has been invested by the Alberta government in support of Cybera's programs to enhance our province's competitiveness in the area of high-speed networks and related systems and software development.
Three Cybera staff members were involved in testing over the course of a year. They provided feedback on the usability and quality of the system, suggesting features and improvements.
"We recognized the forward-thinking and technology thought leadership that Cybera offers in the cloud space, and have been happy to advise on a number of Cybera's IT initiatives," says Kemp.
Cybera is now sharing that expertise through pilots that are helping Alberta post-secondary institutions streamline their own information technology operations by moving to the cloud.