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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 shun the ideals and smirk at the drones flocking to suckling off the teat of the well-polished commercial vendor. Lovers have a solution-building personality.  They do not want to rely on others to solve their problems. They are not concerned with policies and procedures, rather just on get... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing, Part 1: Virtual Desktops – Dead on Arrival

The answer is not SaaS, nor VDI, nor Cloud; rather, an evolutionary compilation of all these technologies. 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,... (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)

The Future of Cloud Computing, Part 1: Virtual Desktops – Dead on Arrival

The answer is not SaaS, nor VDI, nor Cloud; rather, an evolutionary compilation of all these technologies. 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,... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing, Part 1: Virtual Desktops – Dead on Arrival

The answer is not SaaS, nor VDI, nor Cloud; rather, an evolutionary compilation of all these technologies. 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,... (more)