Blogs

Q3 2017 uPortal Open Source Support Briefing

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.

Q2 2017 uPortal Open Source Support Briefing

October, 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.

Q1 2017 uPortal Open Source Support Briefing

August, 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.

Identity and Access Management Semi-Annual OSS Briefing

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.

Unicon IAM Docker Images

June, 2017 - Unicon's IAM team has several Docker images* that our clients, and the public at large, may find beneficial. We have images for the Shibboleth IdP, Shibboleth SP, UNINETT SimpleSAMLphp, Internet2 Grouper, and Evolveum midPoint. With these images, deployers can easily stand up application instances for development work, testing, or even production use. Deployers just need to mount, or overlay via a new image layer, their specific configuration files, and start the container. The specific application will start-up and start serving requests.

Getting Started with AWS Lambda and Java

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.

AWS ECS Auto Scaling (Part 1)

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.

Is Hadoop-as-a-Service Right for You?

May, 2017 - During a recent webinar I heard the presenter say that "when people talk about big data what they really mean is Hadoop." I'm not sure that is entirely accurate but I do understand where the presenter was coming from - most big data projects are utilizing Hadoop in some capacity. We see that here at Unicon in our Learning Analytics practice as well. All of our large scale learning analytics projects are using Hadoop or Hadoop ecosystem components.

Q1 2017 Sakai Open Source Support Briefing

April, 2017 - The quarterly Sakai Open Source Support 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.

uPortal Tech Keeps Up with the Times

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.