Release Introduces Spatial Data Processing and More
New York, NY October 03, 2012 —Leading commercial open source geospatial company, OpenGeo has released the 3.0 version of their flagship product, OpenGeo Suite. This release brings many new features and improvements, including the adoption of GeoServer 2.2, PostGIS 2.0, and GeoWebCache 1.3. These improvements greatly expand the capabilities of the Suite, enabling enterprises to replace legacy software with a modern web-based open source stack.
The most anticipated feature is the inclusion of server-side processing. While spatial data processing has historically been a strength for proprietary desktop-based solutions open source geospatial is now meeting, and exceeding their counterparts. The addition of spatial data processing makes the OpenGeo Suite a comprehensive spatial data platform for the web.
When reached for comment about the significance of 3.0 release Eddie Pickle, OpenGeo CEO said “The release of OpenGeo Suite 3.0 is a turning point, a tool built for the web, scalable at a fraction of the cost of alternatives is now a comprehensive spatial data platform. But it’s not only about functionality, OpenGeo stands behind the suite, offering commercial support and further increasing value to enterprises.” Pickle continued, “Our inclusion of spatial data processing is especially significant. Performing spatial processes on the server minimizes the need for desktop applications, paving the way for immediate and accessible spatial data.”
A summary of upgrades in the 3.0 release include:
- OGC Web Processing Service (WPS) provides a standard for inputs and outputs (requests and responses) for geospatial processing services such as polygon overlays, buffers, or custom processes.
- Rendering transformations make processing operations easier in browser-based visualizations by enabling just-in-time use of any WPS process as part of any layer’s style.
- PostGIS 2.0 brings vector and raster analysis into the database.
- GeoServer security now supports user groups as well as a number of new authentication mechanisms including LDAP, digest and X.509 certificate authentication.
- Virtual services allow GeoServer to support multi-tenancy, enabling a single GeoServer instance to publish multiple service endpoints.
- A new caching configuration interface in GeoServer includes the ability to define new grid sets, specify which layers to cache, seed or truncate the cache, and more.
- OGC Web Feature Service 2.0 (WFS) adds some interesting new capabilities, including paging, stored queries, and extended operators.
More specific information is available in the release notes. OpenGeo Suite 3.0 is available for download free of charge with a 30-day trial of OpenGeo's commercial support.
OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, US Department of State, NYC DoITT, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, SFMTA, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, GeoScience Australia, NOAA and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo's revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.