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The Association for GIS Professionals

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Event: GIS and the Cloud

Dr. Carl Reed, the Chief Technology Officer at the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. will approach the topic from the perspective of 1.) What cloud computing is (there is still quite a bit of confusion) 2.) Relation to grid computing - which has a long history of use in the geo realm, 3.) Examples of using cloud computing with certain geoprocessing functions which then leads to 4.) How to determine if the cloud works for any aspects of your geospatial tech deployment strategy.

Sue Hawkins, coordinator for The Facility for Advanced Spatial Technology (FAST) lab at CU, Denver, will discuss small enterprise ‘clouds’ and how the technology has evolved to an extent that small enterprise can benefit from a distinct savings in hardware resources by diverting in-house resources toward virtualization.  In the past, expensive consulting services may have been necessary, but this is no longer a requirement.  Sue will show how she was able to save her GIS lab (and her job using virtualization.

Mick Garrett, the Chief Technology Officer of I-Cubed Information Integration & Imaging Llc will approach the topic from the user perspective by presenting the results of a comparison of their DataDoors system being hosted in their conventional server farm and commercial cloud enclaves – and other case examples of their use of cloud environments.


Event Details
Cost:  $50
Date:  July 25, 2011
Time:  8 AM to 11:30 AM
Location:  Denver Federal Ctr. W 6th Ave & Kipling Bldg #20, Foord Conference Room, Denver, CO 80225


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