Blogs

March, 2018 In our previous blog we introduced using AWS Lambda functions for simple REST services. Today, we are going to show how to secure access to your REST endpoints, using Lambda and API Gateway. Securing your services is critical before you allow your REST endpoints to be available on the public Internet. Unsecured endpoints can cause significant problems, including uncontrolled costs, incorrect data, and exposing private data. This post will show one approach to securing your Lambda REST services.
February, 2018 What are Microservices? Introduction The term "microservices" appears in many technology journals these days. This blog addresses common questions including: "What are microservices, and more importantly, how are they a better solution than what's already out there? Also, if microservices are so great, how easy is it to develop microservices?"
February, 2018 The quarterly EQUELLA Open Source Support (OSS) Briefing is an opportunity to share the contributions performed on behalf of the OSS program, highlight Unicon's perspective on contributions, and share happenings in the community along with opportunities to engage further with Unicon. 
February, 2018 The quarterly uPortal Open Source Support (OSS) Briefing is an opportunity to share the contributions performed on behalf of the OSS program, highlight Unicon's perspective on contributions, and share happenings in the community along with opportunities to engage further with Unicon.
January, 2018 The Unicon EQUELLA team completed the very first Open Source Support (OSS) Periodic Briefing on October 26, 2017. This briefing included an overview of the Apereo Foundation and open source software, a status of the open sourcing initiative of EQUELLA, and how to get involved in the EQUELLA community. The technical presentation focused on a demonstration of enhancements that are a part of EQUELLA 6.5. The briefing wrapped up with an overview of the Unicon OSS program and how Unicon provides ongoing development for EQUELLA through sustaining engineering on behalf of OSS subscribers.
December, 2017 The quarterly uPortal Open Source Support (OSS) Briefing is an opportunity to share the contributions performed on behalf of the OSS program, highlight Unicon's perspective on contributions, and share happenings in the community along with opportunities to engage further with Unicon.
June, 2017 The Identity and Access Management (IAM) team completed the first of two Open Source Support Briefings for 2017. This briefing included a collaborative discussion on completed development donated to the IAM open source communities (CAS, Shibboleth, and Grouper) via the OSS program; along with highlights on IAM community events, trends, and activities. The technical presentation suggests recommendations and best practices based on recent development. The briefing wraps up with an open forum allowing for all to engage with their suggestions, ideas, and thoughts on future development.
June, 2017 AWS Lambda is a paradigm shift for constructing our web applications. Lambda enables us to run code without having to run and maintain a server. Unfortunately, paradigm shifts are always difficult to adapt to. Going through real examples helps tremendously with learning Lambda. This short blog will bring up a Hello World Lambda. We will also show a small bit of configuration in API Gateway.
June, 2017 A common task I run into with clients is setting up the scaling policies for an ECS Cluster. Users typically understand the concept of auto-scaling in AWS, but when it comes to an ECS cluster there are two things to consider when scaling.
February, 2017 A few years ago, I sat in on a presentation where a portal vendor pitched their product as a modern replacement over a stagnant uPortal. Unfortunately, the vendor had not kept up on the uPortal project. uPortal had undergone a major release with lots of UI and front-end enhancements since they looked at it. The institution stayed with uPortal.
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