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Monday, 24 December 2012

Public versus Private cloud: AWS perspective and moving more towards Linux

Amazon Web Services, the world's largest public cloud provider slammed into private cloud providers during AWS Re:Invent conference.

AWS also lowers the cost of S3 by 25% and now is moving into the data warehousing market with RedShift, read it here

I have been a happy user of AWS for the last two years and while there are some issues (mainly the quite difficult to understand billing) - the service has been superb over this time. I can only assume that the per hourly costs will continue to drop down.

Ah Linux, long been a favour distribution of mine as it appealed to the inner geek of me but in the commercial world; it had only a small impact. However, 2013 may now change this and there are plans to roll out Linux (mainly CentOS) onto our build, stage and possibly live environments. This is exciting and scary at the same time. However, I have to admit that the stability of Linux and the ability to reuse a lot of older kit very effectively has turned a lot of my more skeptical colleagues around.

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So many lovely maps......
A colleague of mine pointed me towards a silver-light application titled 'Pivor for ArcGIS Online' - a very unassuming name but with the 1000s of webmaps (http://storymaps.esri.com/home/) being published and made available, Pivot allows you to find these maps in a nifty one-stop-shop type of application. As a starting point, click this link and type in 'rivers' or 'hurricane' and see what pops out, alternatively click on the graphics above and explore.

Finally, Santa has come to town: check out the Santa Dashboard by clicking on the picture. It's an old but a great idea and there's some very nice images there...

Santa's coming to town.....


http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2012/santa-dashboard/

Have a great christmas - and yes, the world hasn't ended.