Thursday, July 16, 2009

GeoEye Uses the Cloud to Serve up its Inauguration Imagery

Now, a cloud story. GeoEye had planned to share an image of President Obama's inauguration from GeoEye-1 back in January. Once the image and its availability was shared on CNN, demand through the GeoEye pipe to the Internet grew, threatening to block it (think of a plugged up pipe!). Many, many people wanted to download that 3Mb image. But GeoEye was ready. A quick phone call and a credit card moved the image to Amazon's S3 (storage services), and a quick change to the website pointed requesters to the new URL. Catastrophe was averted by the cloud! Now, all of GeoEye's sample images live up on Amazon. In time, some processing might be up there,
too, says Deke Young...

Posted by Adena Schutzberg

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About GeoEye

GeoEye’s products and services enable timely, accurate, and accessible location intelligence. The company is recognized as one of the geospatial industry's most trusted imagery experts, delivering reliable service and exceptional quality imagery products and solutions to customers around the world. GeoEye has developed an advanced information technology infrastructure for collecting, receiving, processing and distributing imagery information products and processing services to the U.S. Government including the national security community as well as international governments and commercial customers. These products serve applications including defense and intelligence, precision mapping, on-line mapping, infrastructure development, planning and monitoring, and environmental assessment. The company collects tens of millions of square kilometers of imagery per year with its existing satellites and aerial assets, which includes GeoEye-1, the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging satellite. The company also provides support to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations through the GeoEye Foundation ( Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, GeoEye is a public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. It maintains a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) and has achieved company-wide ISO accreditation.

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