What’s in a Name?
Starting today, the product you know as Boundless Suite is now Boundless Server. This change is in line with our commitment to developing and maintaining the world’s best open GIS ecosystem, and reflects our agility in aligning with customer needs and expectations.
Why the Name Change?
Put simply: Boundless Server more accurately describes what the product does. It is the server-side component to our product ecosystem, supporting efforts to publish geospatial content as web services. For customers who are transitioning from the proprietary GIS world, Boundless Server is in intuitive alignment with typical product naming conventions.
The new name is also a natural fit with other parts of the Boundless Ecosystem. As we work to provide a complete ecosystem of GIS products – from the desktop to the server, to the cloud and mobile devices – this name change paints a better picture of where the product fits within our ecosystem. Boundless Desktop is for GIS on the desktop, and Boundless Server is for GIS on the server.
What Else is Changing?
Just the name – that’s it. Over the last several releases, we have streamlined the Boundless Suite install package to include the most common and most important components needed by our users. This streamlining keeps the install package small, to minimize download time and facilitate scanning, certification and accreditation of the software at customer sites. Boundless Server focuses on the most important components needed for server GIS capabilities, and still includes GeoServer, GeoWebCache, and PostGIS in the same way it has for several releases.
The latest release of Boundless Server focuses on performance and further increases interoperability with ArcGIS services and web applications. New features and capabilities include:
- Support for MBTiles is now prepackaged with the Boundless installer, including new support for Style Groups, which allow users to publish a layer group based on an MBStyle doc, enhancing the ability to publish and update beautiful maps.
- New label options ship with Server, including perpendicular offset, strike-through options, and enhanced character and word spacing. Labeling the border of polygons is also now supported, providing more complex labeling options for even the densest of web maps
- Support for publishing content in GeoServices REST format, which increases interoperability for ArcGIS Server users who are using web or mobile applications.
- Enhancements to the image mosaic, making it possible to filter and sort a mosaic by attributes (such as cloud cover or off-nadir angle). This maximizes imagery investment by enabling users to create dynamic image mosaics presenting the most relevant scenes on the top of the mosaic.
- Upgraded GeoWebCache REST framework from Restlet to Spring MVC, which includes all new REST documentation about each endpoint through Swagger. Developers working with GeoWebCache will see a much improved user experience.
Our mission is to deliver the best commercially supported open GIS in the world. This name change supports that mission, and better aligns our products with our customers’ expectations and needs. We have more exciting changes in store for Boundless Server in the coming months, so check back with us often to stay up-to-date on the latest enhancements to the Boundless Ecosystem.