[Board] Amazon

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sun Sep 29 12:37:59 PDT 2013


I'm taking this email thread back to the public email list. (As below, 
it is publicly being discussed on the QGIS list).

In answer to question:
"Does OSGeo want to provide infrastructure for the small, starting 
projects, or also the bigger projects with higher demands?"

My thoughts are that OSGeo need only step in to help projects in areas 
where there are gaps, and where OSGeo can help more efficiently than 
commercial providers.
As being identified by the QGIS team, effective services are available 
outside of OSGeo, and that is ok.
The real value that OSGeo provides is "a quality brand", marketing 
pipelines, sourcing of developers and cross pollination between projects.

On 25/09/13 16:32, Bart van den Eijnden wrote:
> This has been done now by the QGIS people on the SAC list:
>
> http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/sac/2013-September/004629.html
>
> Best regards,
> Bart
>
> -- 
> Bart van den Eijnden
> OSGIS - http://osgis.nl
>
> On Sep 24, 2013, at 8:55 PM, Cameron Shorter 
> <cameron.shorter at gmail.com <mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>> These are all valid questions to ask. I suggest that we open this 
>> conversation into a public forum (either public board list and/or 
>> sys-admin list). We have a lot of experienced people within OSGeo who 
>> might be able to offer guidance.
>>
>> On 24/09/13 23:02, Bart van den Eijnden wrote:
>>> I got a bit more feedback from the QGIS people on the issue.
>>>
>>> Apparently they have a single VM doing all the work, website, 
>>> Redmine, build server, integration server. They would like to have 
>>> separate VMs for this.
>>>
>>> They also said they would not mind getting on their own and rent a 
>>> server at e.g. hetzner.de <http://hetzner.de/> and do everything 
>>> themselves.
>>>
>>> So it all boils down to the following question:
>>>
>>> "Does OSGeo want to provide infrastructure for the small, starting 
>>> projects, or also the bigger projects with higher demands?"
>>>
>>> My contact person (Richard Duivenvoorde) has been in contact with 
>>> Alex Mandel and will send an e-mail to the QGIS PSC and the SAIC 
>>> committee soon.
>>>
>>> But it would be good if we as a board could decide on the strategy.
>>>
>>> Best regards,
>>> Bart
>>>
>>> -- 
>>> Bart van den Eijnden
>>> OSGIS - http://osgis.nl <http://osgis.nl/>
>>>
>>> On Sep 21, 2013, at 9:12 PM, Cameron Shorter 
>>> <cameron.shorter at gmail.com <mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> Assuming that Amazon can provide value add to OSGeo members, then I 
>>>> think an "in kind" sponsorship arrangement with Amazon would be 
>>>> worth pursuing.
>>>> I'm +1 for approaching Amazon to see what options they'd entertain.
>>>> Next step would be to put together a joint proposal which the board 
>>>> can vote on again.
>>>>
>>>> On 21/09/13 07:32, Bart van den Eijnden wrote:
>>>>> Hey board,
>>>>>
>>>>> I got some complaints about osgeo infrastructure not being able to 
>>>>> deal with enough load, this was apparent again today with failures 
>>>>> of the qgis website under high traffic.
>>>>>
>>>>> Someone suggested we should talk to Amazon about getting a grant 
>>>>> to use some of their infrastructure for free.
>>>>>
>>>>> Has this been discussed before and are we open to this suggestion?
>>>>>
>>>>> Bart
>>>>>
>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>
>>>
>>
>

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