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Meeting Big Data Challenges with a Hybrid Architecture

As the internet of things continues its march toward ubiquity, geospatial big data has officially graduated from “hot topic” to “top of the to-do list” for many enterprises. More GIS data can mean a gold mine of valuable business insights, but not if it’s swamping existing legacy systems and eating up already-taxed resources.

Fortunately, there is a clear path to a solution: incorporating powerful, flexible open technology by leveraging a hybrid architecture. With a hybrid approach, businesses can take advantage of open solutions built to handle geospatial big data demands – without the disruption of rip-and-replace. In some cases, legacy systems are ably handling critical processes, and a hybrid strategy allows the organization to retain what works while adding modern capabilities.

I recently detailed this approach in Hybrid GIS Architectures: The Best of Both Worlds, for In demystifying how companies can incorporate open technology alongside existing systems, I explain some of the geospatial-specific benefits to leveraging open-source GIS as part of a hybrid architecture, including:

  • Better software utilization
  • Economic scalability
  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • More technical agility and skilled staff
  • Compatibility with modern IT
  • Project resilience and continuity
  • Phased migration

To learn more about each of these benefits, as well as how to embark on a hybrid approach, read the article on You can also watch a Boundless webinar about future-proofing your GIS journey with hybrid architecture here.

Anthony Calamito

Anthony Calamito

Chief Geospatial Officer

Anthony serves as the Chief Geospatial Officer for Boundless and is responsible for product strategy and outreach, educational initiatives, and our ongoing commitment to the open source community. Anthony is a steering committee member at LocationTech, and a Fellow of the American Geographical Society. His commitment to geography education and community outreach extends beyond Boundless -- he is also an adjunct instructor at George Mason University.

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