On April 14, 2016, Microsoft Corporation announced the next release of Azure as Preview Edition and it was announced and led by software developer and cloud services engineer Tom Keane. With a new feature called Geospatial Domain Services on Azure, this release brings new scenarios for cloud computing developers to create and use geospatial imagery in their applications.
As a pioneer in geospatial technology, the software developer Tom Keane from Microsoft is committed to keeping pace with these advanced developments and making them available for its customers. Microsoft Azure is the best place to test, deploy and use these new cloud technologies, from big data to geospatial analytics.
Azure as a Platform for GIS Applications
Companies like Google and Esri installed their proprietary geo-service infrastructure to handle requests from the outside world. According to Tom Keane, this infrastructure was not open source and limited companies that wanted to use this technology.
And there is more on this concern. The outstanding software developer and engineer Tom Keane says that this is where Azure comes in to save the day. Azure is an open platform that offers a modern platform for GIS applications, and this means that developers don’t have to worry about using proprietary server technology. Now, enterprises can easily incorporate these proprietary technologies into the cloud.
This, to create a complete solution for their organization without worrying about managing other systems, especially regarding data governance. The Azure Geo Database Service allows developers to access and manipulate databases such as PostGIS, ArcGIS Runtime for Server, MySQL, or Oracle. Tom Keane finally informs that it also provides access to databases used in other cloud and on-premises services like Teradata installed on Azure.