Cybera Partners with ESRI Canada to Demonstrate Cloud-Enabled GIS

Virtualized GIS Provides Users with Secure, Scalable and Easy-to-Deploy System for Spatial Data Visualization and Analysis

Cybera, in partnership with ESRI Canada, has developed a virtual system that enables ESRI'€™s leading enterprise geographic information systems (GIS) to be deployed in the cloud computing environment.  The system was demonstrated at the recent GeoCanada 2010, the preeminent conference for Earth Science professionals in Canada.

'€œWe are committed to leveraging emerging technologies to provide our users with cost-effective, secure and easy-to-deploy options for using ESRI GIS,'€ said James Wickson, Vice President of Sales and Professional Services, ESRI Canada.  '€œCybera'€™s expertise in cloud computing has helped us to demonstrate the ability of ESRI technology to scale and manage geographic information on a Web-accessible platform.  This successful demonstration provides a glimpse of what'€™s to come in GIS service delivery.'€

Cloud computing enables systems and applications, commonly maintained off premises, to be delivered on demand as services via the Internet.  During the conference, up to 500 users were able to simultaneously access and interact with digital maps of Canada using ESRI'€™s server architecture, which Cybera transitioned to a virtualized environment. This was achieved by accessing database engines and web servers running on an HP cluster at the University of Calgary.

'€œCybera'€™s participation in this project demonstrates the use of cloud technologies to provide exciting new approaches to GIS services,'€ says Patrick Mann, Chief Technology Officer at Cybera. '€œIn deploying GIS on the cloud, users can gain access to the numerous benefits from these two technologies.'€

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About ESRI Canada 
Founded in 1984, ESRI Canada provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower businesses, governments, and educational institutions to make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography.  The company distributes the world'€™s leading GIS software from ESRI, Telvent Miner & Miner, Azteca Systems and other technology partners.  Headquartered in Toronto, the company serves over 10,000 customers from 16 regional offices across Canada.  

About Cybera 
Cybera is an Alberta-based not-for-profit organization that spurs and supports innovation to advance the economic well-being of all Albertans. Cybera collaborates with public and private partners to accelerate research and product development in priority areas such as health, energy, environment, and emerging technologies. Cybera operates CyberaNet, a high-speed high-bandwidth advanced network in Alberta, and acts as the prime contractor for the management of WestGrid, a consortium that provides advanced computing in support of research across Canada.'€¨

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