Safe Software and WeoGeo Announce the Next Step in Geospatial Cloud Computing
Safe Software, the
company behind FME Desktop and FME Server, and WeoGeo, an online data marketplace
for data seekers and providers, will announce a partnership today to
enhance each other's offerings. (press release)
Cloud computing is at the heart of WeoGeo and refers to hosting
computing services offsite, sometimes with a "pay as you go" model.
WeoGeo runs its application on Amazon's
EC2 and S3 services. WeoGeo allows users to search, find and
download geodata for use in various analytical and cartographic
pursuits. The one thing missing: the ability to transform and deliver
data in various formats. That's just some of what Safe Software's FME
Server can do.
Safe Software announced FME Server this spring. It makes all the power
of FME's extract, transform and load capabilities available to anyone
who can access a Web page. The challenge for many potential users:
hosting the server in-house.
This partnership will address both of these needs. The first phase of
the partnership, which is targeted for the first quarter of 2009, will
integrate FME Server into WeoGeo's data marketplace. That means data
providers who participate in the marketplace can offer their data in
any of the more than 200 formats Safe supports. It also means that
users can be confident that any data they want to purchase via WeoGeo
can be transformed in exactly the way they need for immediate use. In
the second phase, WeoGeo will offer its expertise to enable deployment
of FME Server in the cloud to serve clients who need that type of
distributed, scalable solution.
I think these two companies are on to something. The cloud is becoming
part of our daily lives - for e-mail, for Google Earth use, for
calendars. It's time to put its reliability, scalability and offsite
hardware management to the test in geospatial. I feel pretty confident
everyone involved in geospatial is already using applications that run
in the cloud and the number they use will only increase in the coming
months and years.
interviewing Safe Software President Don Murray and WeoGeo CEO Paul Bissett fleshes out the details of the announcement and highlights their vision of cloud computing.