Introduction to running Auto Scaling Geoserver and PostgreSQL/PostGIS in the Cloud (AWS)

Dr John Hildebrandt1

1Amazon Web Services, Barton, Australia


This workshop will provide an introduction to running a Geospatial data server on AWS. We will leverage GeoServer; GeoServer is a Java based, open source server that allows users to view and edit geospatial data. It leverages open standards from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). You will install GeoServer and load a dataset onto the server.

GeoServer can leverage a variety of data sources including direct support for the PostGIS product. PostGIS is a spatial database extender for PostgreSQL object-relational database. With AWS support for PostgreSQL and PostGIS in RDS we will explore connecting GeoServer to a PostGIS information source to illustrate a multitier scalable Infrastructure. Finally we will explore scaling out the GeoServer web tier using an AutoScaling Group (ASG) and an Elastic Load Balancer(ELB). Amazon EFS will be leveraged as a common file system for the Geoserver web tier. Attendees will need an AWS accounts for the lab.


John has over 30 years’ experience in the Computer Science, Enterprise Information Technology and Research areas. His experience includes the areas of solutions architecture, technology strategy, application architecture, distributed systems, image databases, and image analysis.

John has extensive Public Sector, Defence and Intelligence experience over 30 years. John worked in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) as a Senior Research Scientist leading teams undertaking cutting edge Image Analysis and Distributed Systems research.

Before joining AWS he had senior roles at Microsoft and IBM providing Architectural advice to Federal Government.John is currently a Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Canberra. He was the first employee for the growing ANZ Public Sector team and has been active in growing the team.

John assists Public Sector customers envisage Cloud solutions. John has trained hundreds on  the AWS platform and presented at Australian and International Summits on AWS technologies.


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