Last week GISinc hosted “Esri’s ArcGIS Enterprise – Hosted and Managed Cloud Strategies” webinar. There were some great questions submitted during the broadcast that we'd like to share. Have a question you didn't get to ask? Email info@gisinc.com and I'll get back to you!

Question: Can multiple monitors be used when software is on the cloud? If so, how? Does it involves stretching the desktop across both screens every time a user logs in?

Answer: In the example I showed during the webinar I used Amazon Web Service’s AppStream service. There are two ways to access applications using this technology; first is through a web browser that would not allow for multiple screens, the other is by downloading the think AppStream client application and installing on your desktop. This would allow for multiple screens. See more about dual monitors here:  https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/11/amazon-appstream-2-0-now-supports-dual-monitors-and-usb-peripher/

Question: You mentioned Access Control as a key security component. Is there a specific tool within AWS to help control access, or is it managed within each component you displayed in your architecture?

Answer: Both, there are several layers of security you can deploy as part of your AWS infrastructure. AWS provides security protocols to control network access through virtual private cloud firewalls, encryption with TLS across all services and ability to configure private or dedicated connections from on-prem to cloud services. But, remember that we as consumers of these cloud provider services are required to implement our security and governance controls on how we give access to the services we use on any cloud implementation. Simply put you have the options to control every user that accesses your environment down to the IP address they use to access it from. More information on AWS security can be found here: https://aws.amazon.com/security/ and Esri security here: https://trust.arcgis.com/en/

Question: Is there any free tier installation of ArcGIS enterprise on AWS?

Answer: Not currently. You could get a trail version of ArcGIS Enterprise or if you need it a bit longer for development reasons you could get the developer edition: https://www.esri.com/en-gb/store/arcgis-developers

Questions: How does AppStream work when there is a need for local data

Answer: This might need to be a workflow change or a mindset adjustment. Think of AppStream as remote access to a local environment sitting in the cloud. Your C drive is now located on servers running within the cloud provider environment. Also, if you have local files that you need to use with your AppStream environment you can simple drag and drop them from your local machine to your “local” remote machine.

Question: So is App Stream like Citrix environment?

Answer: Yes, think of AppStream similar to a Citrix implementation but It’s my opinion that it’s the next generation of application hosting and streaming: https://aws.amazon.com/appstream2/

Comment: We have terabytes of historic data/maps and because of the latency it will all have to go in the cloud. We are worried about the cost as the servers would need to be 24*7.

Answer: Yes, there are challenges with loading, storing and accessing large amounts of data. However, cloud providers like AWS have made this the process of uploading data much more efficient through there cloud data migration strategies. See more info here: https://aws.amazon.com/cloud-data-migration/

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