Arctiq Announces Google Cloud Partnership

31 May 2018 ~2 minutes Comments

Mike Morrison

Arctiq, Inc. is pleased to announce our newest ecosystem partnership with Google Cloud Platform for professional services, training, and consulting expertise in cloud, containers, automation, CI/CD, and security pipelines.

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dashai - A Community DevOps Dashboard

07 May 2018 ~4 minutes Comments

Kyle Bassett

Arctiq is happy to launch the dashai Community - "YOUR DevOps Dashboard" Why is having quick, easy access to real-time data so hard? Why does the ability to share insight, as a result of that data, across various teams have such a high cost? I have been asking myself these questions for much of my career in technology. I think back to when my team was responsible for large scale web, and electronic payment systems. We always struggled with monitoring, and more specifically understanding the performance and trending information about our systems.

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Announcing dashai - an Arctiq Open Source Community Project

07 May 2018 ~2 minutes Comments

Mike Morrison

Arctiq, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the open source community project, dashai. A lightweight dashboard framework for easily creating and sharing integrated dashboards of multiple data types and sources.

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Aqua on OpenShift - Level-Up Your Container Security Game - Part I

26 Apr 2018 ~9 minutes Comments

Shea Stewart

As container technology becomes prevalent in organizations, teams begin to move faster, applications are deployed quicker, and there is the inevitable question that arises around security posture of the container contents. Container technology has enabled developers and operations teams to gain rapid feedback and insight into application health, and security should not be excluded from this capability. This blog article covers the first of two methods to help include application security scanning in the development pipeline so that vulnerabilities don't make it into production.

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Finding My Way to the Igloo

24 Apr 2018 ~3 minutes Comments

Victor Granic

How I found my way to a (formerly) little-known startup in Toronto named Arctiq, a little about my first 3 months working here, and what I plan to accomplish here...I'll give you a hint, DevOps, DevOps, and more DevOps!

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#StartupLife #ArctiqLife

10 Apr 2018 ~2 minutes Comments

Kayla Matson

It feels like every time I come into this office, I’m surprised by something having changed on my desk setup. My monitor has grown legs and walked off, but not as frequently as the dongle I need to make it usable. I had a mousepad for a little while, but no mouse (now it’s the opposite). A pile of stickers was re-integrated with our main stash so my macbook is still woefully bare compared to everyone else’s. And I’m eyeing everyone suspiciously over the disappearance of a pen or two. It’s like some kind of magic.

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RHEL is No Underdog

02 Apr 2018 ~5 minutes Comments

Aaren DeJong

As the Linux-bound industry progresses, I believe that gradually there will be larger gaps between the popular and unpopular Linux distributions in all types of businesses that use Linux. RHEL still makes a very valid case for both enterprise and startup consumption...don't overlook the free features of RHEL for your development projects!

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Meeting Chewie at Google HQ

28 Mar 2018 ~3 minutes Comments

Roman Romanenko

I must say, it has been a very Googly month! It all started with an internal Slack announcement about our brand new Arctiq and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) partnership. Join me on my certification voyage, and my initial visit to Google Toronto!

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Ansible and Terraform - A Perspective

21 Mar 2018 ~4 minutes Comments

Tim Fairweather

At Arctiq we get asked often, where do Ansible and Terraform fit together? Or do they?

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Against My Own Advice

19 Mar 2018 ~3 minutes Comments

Roman Romanenko

Don't ever work for anyone, but yourself! was my advice to my son as he was growing up. 2018. I made the decision to join Arctiq.

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Welcoming Change

09 Mar 2018 ~5 minutes Comments

Hart Ripley

Hard to believe it has been 3 months on-board the fast-moving, exciting adventure that is Arctiq...

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Understand Containers - For VM Makers

27 Feb 2018 ~6 minutes Comments

Aaren DeJong

There are things to do differently and there are different ways to think about how resources get provisioned for applications and services. I had to undergo re-shaping how I think about containers, because I grew up in the time of VMs.

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Data relationships in Mongo DB

22 Feb 2018 ~3 minutes Comments

Roman Romanenko

There is an ongoing and seemingly never ending, passionate discussion of "Relational vs. NoSQL" databases. The comparison is not very well understood and in my opinion makes little sense and here is why.

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Running Apache Kafka Brokers on OpenShift 3.7 and Azure

13 Feb 2018 ~4 minutes Comments

Kyle Bassett

I have been hearing about Apache Kafka for a while now, many of our customers ask us about running the project inside containers. Lately I was lucky to have had the opportunity to work with a customer to try and get it deployed and processing messages on OpenShift. Kafka is used for building real-time data pipelines and streaming apps. It is horizontally scalable, fault-tolerant, wicked fast, and runs in production in thousands of companies.

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Recovering Root Access to Azure

10 Feb 2018 ~2 minutes Comments

Phil Thomson

So you've made a typo in your sudoers file on your linux VM in Azure and now sudo is broken and you don't have the root password. You now have a VM with no ability to get escalated privileges

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Access Anywhere: Seamless and Secure Cloud Based Networking

06 Jan 2018 ~3 minutes Comments

Hart Ripley

If you have been in the industry for any length of time, you've used your share of Virtual Private Networks (VPN's), battled with client profile configuration, updates and of course multi-vendor client or driver interoperability issues. Connectivity needs to be seamless and available anywhere with the same user experience and predictable performance. Find out about a new offering from our friends at Meta Networks that does just this with a globally available overlay leveraging a centralized policy enforcement engine.

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First Months at Arctiq - Drinking From The Fire Hose

02 Jan 2018 ~1 minutes Comments

Phil Thomson

new technology I was learning and working with, new cool tools to get my job done, a different way of working, and cranking out more work from a pub then I ever have before. It was like trying to get a drink of water from a fire hose.

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Arctiq's Top-List for 2017

28 Dec 2017 ~3 minutes Comments

Mike Morrison

...another one in the books! Welcome to the Arctiq Top-List for 2017!

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A year and a half, - part3 - Arctiq scale up ^

22 Dec 2017 ~5 minutes Comments

Kyle Bassett

As I mentioned, Arctiq is focused on the software and automation aspects of technology. Infrastructure-focused projects are still very important, but the applications that run on that infrastructure are the real effect on how the business runs. This certainly introduces many critical aspects when automating your infrastructure and applications lifecycle. Automation tools enable the concept of integrated security into your infrastructure and applications. You can read about a real world example from our Practice Safe DevOps Event.

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Creating Puppet Modules for Satellite with Smart Class Parameters

13 Nov 2017 ~7 minutes Comments

Jacob Mammoliti

I was recently asked if it was possible to have hosts in a Satellite environment look at different NTP servers based on a group they belong to. For example, have hosts in the development stage look at NTP server A and have hosts in the production stage look at NTP server B. With the use of host groups and parameters, a Puppet module will be customized for each host based on the parameters it is given from the host group it belongs to.

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A year and a half, - part2 - Time to focus

19 Oct 2017 ~2 minutes Comments

Kyle Bassett

As Arctiq has grown, we put our big bets into great business partnerships, hiring a set of solid new team members, and a focus on delivering the solutions that matters most to our clients.

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So ... A year and a half - part1

06 Oct 2017 ~3 minutes Comments

Kyle Bassett

My plan was to write this blog at the Arctiq 1 year mark, but business got in the way, so I figured the 18-month mark is also a good time to capture some thoughts. It’s also a nice reflection point when looking back at a busy, challenging, productive time for our young, growing company. WOW a lot happened! Many important aspects came to mind that were critical to building and running a brand new business with an amazing team.

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Kicking into Fifth Gear pt2

03 Oct 2017 ~3 minutes Comments

Aaren DeJong

This is where my twitch began to calm, as I was able to get closer to the inner-workings of what made Linux shine for enterprise applications. It wasn't easy at first, but though some coaching and networking with colleagues, much of the work wasn't always work to me.

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Arctiq Hits a Grand Slam with CDN Channel Elite Service Organization of the Year

28 Sep 2017 ~3 minutes Comments

Mike Morrison

Arctiq Inc., is proud to announce they have been named Best Service Organization in Canada by CDN and IT World Canada, Canada’s top IT channel publication, in CDN’s 15th Annual Channel Elite Awards. The winners were announced at CDN’s Channel Elite Awards gala on September 27, 2017.

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Kicking into Fifth Gear pt1

18 Sep 2017 ~2 minutes Comments

Aaren DeJong

Having finished education in a completely different field of work and feeling confident of that career path, I did notice a slight twitch in my hands. I was watching as my backup plan to work in I.T. was moving out of reach if I didn't do something soon.

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