ESRI Enterprise deployment tools for AWS currently use Amazon Web Services (AWS) CloudFormation technology in 3 ways:
- AWS CloudFormation at the AWS Console
- ESRI CloudBuilder CLI on Windows
- ESRI Python SDK for AWS CloudFormation
The three ESRI AWS deployment technologies above currently support only the Default VPC in AWS.
AWS VPCs are separate networks; a non-cloud analogy would be a LAN.
Reasons ESRI deployment and other tech should support VPCs other than the Default VPC:
- Every AWS Account allows AWS customers to use zero to many VPCs.
- Zero VPCs = AWS Classic
- ESRI Customers have existing tech deployed outside the Default VPC that must be integrated with ESRI tech.
- ESRI Customers have customers that have existing tech deployed outside the Default VPC that must be integrated with ESRI tech.
- System Administrators recommend against using the Default VPC because it is more hackable than other VPCs.
- An analogy would be the Microsoft Windows Guest Account.
- Insitu / Boeing has created a DropBox-like technology named INEXA Cloud that is hosted by Insitu.
- Insitu created INEXA Cloud in part because it keeps data on private networks.
- Insitu deploys INEXA Cloud outside the Default VPC.
- Insitu customers deploy INEXA Cloud on several VPCs to segregate data for different projects and customers and security requirements.
- INEXA Cloud stores data on AWS EFS (Elastic File System).
- Insitu wants to integrate INEXA Cloud EFS storage with ESRI ArcGIS Server.
- Insitu wants ESRI ArcGIS Server and GeoEvent Server to mount EFS in VPCs that are not the Default VPC and serve data from VPCs that are not the Default VPC.
- Insitu and Boeing want to buy more ESRI tech and enable Insitu and Boeing customer so buy more ESRI tech.
- Insitu builds and operates UAVs (drones) and makes more aircraft for Boeing per year than any other Boeing aircraft.
- ESRI might have some interest in these customers and their products and requirements: