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 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 pers... (more)
Amazon has released some of the most awesome office artwork that I have ever
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 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)
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)