CANARIE, Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network, today announced that it has selected Cybera and Compute/Calcul Canada as the providers of research computing and data storage services for the DAIR (Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research) Program.
CANARIE's DAIR Program will help small- and medium-sized ICT companies create new, complex, large-scale products, and demonstrate them to customers, without building a costly R & D infrastructure themselves. The program leverages CANARIE's high-speed network and adds compute and storage capacity to deliver a robust R & D environment. Cybera and Compute Canada submitted their C5 proposal (Cybera Compute/Calcul Canada Cloud) in partnership with Hydro-Quebec. C5 will supply and manage two large-scale compute and storage nodes for the DAIR Program.
- One node will be deployed at the University of Alberta's WestGrid High Performance Computing (HPC) facility.
- A second node will be deployed at the University of Sherbrooke's Réseau québécois de calcul de haute performance (RQCHP) HPC facility.
Cybera and Compute/Calcul Canada are using Rackspace's OpenStack services as the cloud platform for the nodes. Also, Cybera staff are one of the first participants in Rackspace's newly launched program, Cloud Builders, which offers training and certification, deployment services, and ongoing support to enterprises and service providers using OpenStack.
'The ICT entrepreneurs and researchers participating in CANARIE's DAIR Program need access to responsive and flexible software,' said John Shillington, the C5 project architect and VP Technology with Cybera. 'We are working with Rackspace Cloud Builders to optimize our cloud deployment and quickly ramp up OpenStack, so that we can ensure a successful pilot for CANARIE.'
DAIR is slated to be operational in spring 2011, initially as a pilot program. Features of CANARIE's DAIR Program include:
- 'cloud-based' computing where shared resources are provided on demand
- on-demand provisioning
- instant scalability wireless and
- virtual private network (VPN) access.
For more information on the DAIR program, click here.
For more information on Cybera's involvement in the program, contact us.