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The AWS Report – Jim Young of Esri

by Jeff Barr | on | in AWS Report | | Comments

In the latest episode of The AWS Report, I spoke with Jim Young of Esri to learn more about their mapping product and how they run on AWS:

I learned that Esri is a 40-year old mapping company that has moved its products from the mainframe to client server to the desktop and now to the cloud. They focus on “where,” and provide products and platforms centered around the theme of “geography as a service.”

Esri’s ArcGIS product (available in the AWS Marketplace) runs on EC2 and gives users the ability to create, edit, annotate, and share maps. For example, here are some of the maps that were created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Jim told me that AWS and EC2 give them the ability to scale rapidly and to stand up dynamic maps as part of disaster recovery efforts.

— Jeff;