For a while now, I’ve blogged about the Virtual Earth Server and it’s offline capabilities for those of you who want Bing Maps imagery and data, but have internet connectivity limitations / requirements for behind-the-firewall-only use. If you’ve ever wanted to dive deeper into the Virtual Earth Web Server, now is your chance. Oh, and, by the way it’s now called the Bing Maps Server to align with our brand. So, henceforth what was the Virtual Earth Server is now the Bing Maps Server.
On February 24 (that’s this Wednesday!) at 8AM Pacific Standard Time, we’ll begin kicking on a series of web casts to illustrate the technologies within and around the Bing Maps Server. There are currently 3 web casts scheduled as follow which dive deep into the solution as a whole, IT requirements and infrastructure, and developer aspects respectively. If you’re at all interested in the Bing Maps Server as an offline server solution for your geospatial mapping needs put all of these on your calendar.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010, 08:00 AM Pacific Standard Time:
Microsoft Bing Maps Server (Part 1 of 3): When the Internet Isn’t an Option
Wednesday, 3 March 2010, 08:00 AM Pacific Standard Time:
Microsoft Bing Maps Server (Part 2 of 3): Configuration and Management
Wednesday, 10 March 2010, 08:00 AM Pacific Standard Time:
Microsoft Bing Maps Server (Part 3 of 3): Developing Geospatial Applications
What is Bing Maps Server?
Bing Maps Server is the on-premise, off-line version of Microsoft’s Bing Maps for Enterprise web mapping platform. Bing Maps Server brings capabilities from Bing Maps for Enterprise behind a customer’s firewall, onto private or classified networks, and onto portable platforms. It’s an integrated set of visualization and search capabilities that delivers maps, imagery and geospatial analysis through a web browser.
Many customers who are interested in using Bing Maps, for example defense/intelligence customers or first responders (police, fire, etc), have concerns about a dependency upon, or connection to, the internet in order to access this service. Either their application is too critical to rely on internet connectivity, they don’t have an internet connection, their internet connection isn’t sufficiently reliable or fast, or they have other security concerns. The Bing Maps Server product allow these customers to take advantage of the Bing Maps platform without the need to have an internet connection.
But Bing Maps Server also provides additional capabilities to support the needs of these enterprise customers. It is configured to work with SQL Server 2008 for customer data storage, allowing users to import their own imagery and KML files, store them in the database, query for specific results, and visualize the results — all on a Microsoft platform.
As Microsoft’s geospatial subsidiary, Vexcel provides Bing Maps Server development, support, updates, and other geospatial services.
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