Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Office

  • 220k Saved by moving to the cloud.

  • 73.4% Reduction in hardware and maintenance costs.

AGISO had over seven terabytes of on-premise data they wanted to move to the cloud.

The Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Office (AGISO) had a spatial data portal with nearly 2,500 users and 1,200 downloads per month. Their portal, Geostor, was an on-premises deployment, which meant high hardware, software, and maintenance demands.

With user traffic increasing, AGISO wanted to eliminate this in-house infrastructure so they could save money, improve stability, and increase security. Their solution was to migrate their spatial data portal to Amazon S3.

How they made it possible – no code required.

AGISO used FME Desktop to migrate their 7+ terabytes of data to Amazon, which also hosts the web server front end and FME Cloud physically in the same region for optimal performance. User requests in the new system, called Arkansas GIS Office, are performed in the background by FME Cloud, where a collection of FME workspaces automatically tackle the data extraction and delivery workflows requested by end-users.

By eliminating in-house infrastructure, they gained robustness and saved money. Fault-tolerant data storage at Amazon and FME Cloud’s monitoring removed one set of uncertainties, and the security provided by both is excellent. They can now focus on tackling data challenges instead of system administration, and the cost savings are unimaginable. Their three-year financial projection for in-house vs. cloud indicated eliminating $220,000 in cost, a staggering 73.4% savings.

The Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Office coordinates Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs for the State of Arkansas in the USA.

FME Products Used

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  • FME Desktop

  • FME Cloud

"When you combined our old rack space costs ($3,200 per month) with our 3-5yr hardware costs ($170k), migrating to Amazon and FME Cloud became an easy decision " – Seth LeMaster, Arkansas GIS Office