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)
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)
Man, CDN’s have come such a long way. I remember not that many years ago
, some of my customers paying hundreds of thousand’s of dollars (upfront)
to Akamai for content delivery of their imagery associated with mapping
applications, while having to plan, send, and wait days for the content to
I also have experience recently with Amazon Web Services CloudFront, which is
their “easy to use if you are a developer” CDN product for websites and
content hosted on AWS. However, that is still operating at an entirely
different tech skill level than a relative newcome... (more)
As most people in the geospatial industry are aware, Hexagon, a Swedish
company headed by CEO Ola Rollen, has bought up some of the most respected
names in the GIS industry over the last couple years; including Intergraph,
Leica Geosystems, and ERDAS. In doing so, they have created a very
interesting package of offerings that could certainly challenge for the top
spot in the enterprise GIS market .
In recognition of the Hexagon2011 conference next week in Orlando, FL, which
will showcase all of the Hexagon companies together for the first time, I
thought I would share some thoug... (more)
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)