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The impact that Cloud Computing has brought to the IT industry to date has been primarily beneficial to application developers, system admins, and network architects, and not directly to end-users of technology. Yes, IT developers and architects leverage cloud computing’s flexible and virtualized compute, storage, and network infrastructure to build resilient applications that eventually benefit end users due to improvements in speed-to-market and improved up-time statistics, but the direct benefits to the tech-needy end user are still rarely recognized. Most daily users of personal and business class applications don’t have the turnkey, on-demand access to the applications they need. At work, their IT departments at work are too slow in delivering the apps they need or refuse to provide them due to cost, limited resources, or lack of recognized need. At home, user... (more)

Free Art Available on Amazon…Amazon Web Services, That Is

Amazon has released some of the most awesome office artwork that I have ever seen. No, I’m not talking about knockoff copies of a Jackson Pollack on Amazon.com… I’m talking the about application and industry-specific cloud reference architectures now available on Amazon Web Services. Over the last several years, the industry has looked to Amazon as not only a technology leader in Cloud Computing, but also as a thought leader in redefining the landscape of IT and application architecture.  Other companies (including mine) have struggled to keep up with their seemingly endless re... (more)

Open Source: Lovers, Haters, and How the Cloud Blurs the Lines

This week in Denver legions of GIS professionals and developers (or geo-geeks as most of us prefer to be called) are gathering for the FOSS4G conference... A conference solely focused on one aspect of geospatial and mapping applications: that of the open source variety. If you talk to the average software user, geospatial or not, about open source software you usually find three camps: Lovers, Haters, and Converters. Let's put these camps in crudely defined boxes: Open source "Lovers" are the lifers that live, breathe, and have never used anything but open source software. Lovers... (more)

A Cloud-Powered GIS App Store

The day the "cloud-powered, vendor-neutral, GIS App Store" concept was born was probably one of the best and worst days of my life. That rainy Southern California morning in December 2008 marked the day that is responsible for fully consuming the following 483 days of my life with conference calls to countless vendors, writing seemingly endless API calls, and completely scrapping two beta systems before reaching our final goal: TheGISmarketplace.com. Ultimately our vision is to bring an end to GIS software vendor lock-in and facilitate virtually painless delivery of even the mo... (more)

2013 Predictions: Private Cloud Is Really "Cloud-Washed Virtualization"

If you're an IT manager calling your internal VMware or other virtualization farm a "Private Cloud" in an attempt to prove to your leadership that "public cloud is insecure" or "I built the same thing as Amazon Web Services (AWS)", you need to get ready for a dose of reality in the coming year. Server-huggers beware, you might have been able to get away with it until now, but 2013 will mark a turning point in which the term Private Cloud will be permanently exposed for what it is...  a capital intensive, server stacking, virtualization game. Just because you might have flexibilit... (more)