Deploy a Gitlab Server on Cloud-A with Cloud 66 and Docker

This quick start guide will show how to setup & configure a docker based Gitlab git repository platform in just minutes!

Gitlab allows development teams to create, review and deploy code together and has integrations for tons of tools such as Slack, Hipchat, LDAP, JIRA, Jenkins, many types of hooks and a complete API.

Gitlab is a great first step in building out your continuous integration / deployment and test/dev environments on Cloud-A.

What you will need before you get started :

  • Cloud-A account (free $10+ trial here) – Canada’s Favourite Public Cloud Provider
  • Cloud 66 account (free 14 day trial here) – Highly recommended Container management-as-a-Service Partner

How the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is a Game Changer for Cloud Computing

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Yesterday, the Linux Foundation announced the newly formed Cloud Native Computing Foundation – a Linux foundation collaborative project backed by industry giants like AT&T, Box, Cisco, Docker and many more. In addition to this announcement, Google has also announced that it has donated it’s Kubernetes container technology to the foundation, just days after announcing its support for the OpenStack foundation for the sake of advancing container technology. As advocates and users of container based technology and cloud native applications, we at Cloud-A are really excited about this string of announcements and the affect it will have on the adoption of modern, container based, cloud aware technology.

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Cloud-A Partner offers secure, managed “DropBox like” service in Canada


The Challenge

To provide a managed environment for sharing files, contacts and calendars between multiple users and devices, meeting the criteria of:

  • Secure
  • Available from any location on any device
  • Selectively share resources with coworkers or out-of-network customers
  • Cost effective
  • Cross platform with no vendor lock-in
  • Transparent and easy to use

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3 Ways Modern Cloud Computing Promotes Innovation

With fear that Canada was lagging in the adoption of leading edge technology and missing out on major economic benefit as a result, Cloud-A was launched with the goal of promoting the use of modern cloud technology within Canada and accelerating innovation in both private and public sectors.

The true opportunity with modern Cloud infrastructure like Cloud-A is not necessarily with the migration of existing applications and platforms, but the developer greenfield that it provides.

Here are 3 ways that Cloud-A and modern Cloud Computing can help organizations Innovate.

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Bulk Storage Auth for CloudBerry Products

There are now two ways to authenticate your Cloud-A Bulk Storage account to CloudBerry products based on your workflows and requirements. The first method is Keystone authentication, which is the legacy method. Authenticating this way. Untitled design (19)The Cloud-A, CloudBerry Lab partnership has been great for our clients, providing a tried and tested use-case for backups of on-premise or Cloud-A hosted Windows servers (and soon to be Linux!)

You will notice a few changes in the Cloud-A/CloudBerry relationship. First of all, most CloudBerry OpenStack products now have a branded connector for Cloud-A. No longer will you have to choose the generic OpenStack account.

There are now two ways to authenticate your Cloud-A Bulk Storage account to CloudBerry products based on your workflows and requirements. The first method is Keystone authentication, which is the legacy method. Authenticating this way will allow for read and write access to all of the Bulk Storage containers in your Cloud-A Account.

With the release of Bulk Storage container keys, users can now authenticate to specific containers, rather than all of the containers in your account. Authenticating this way is ideal for service providers who manage backups for multiple customers. Instead of authenticating to the service provider’s Bulk Storage account where you would have access to all of the account’s containers, you authenticate to a specific client’s container.

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Authenticate Bulk Storage with Cyberduck

Intro to Cyberduck

Cyberduck is a Libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3 & OpenStack Swift browser for Mac and Windows. It provides an easy to use interface to connect to FTP (File Transfer Protocol), SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer), WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage and OpenStack Swift providers like Cloud-A Bulk Storage.

Cyberduck allows users to edit any file with your preferred editor. To edit files, a seamless integration with any external editor application makes it easy to change content quickly. Edit any text or binary file on the server in your preferred application.

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