ArcGIS Enterprise in Google Cloud ... who's doing it?!

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12-07-2020 12:23 PM
TimHaverlandNOAA
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Hi all,

I was pleased to see this blog post about running ArcGIS Enterprise in Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/arcgis-enterprise/administration/running-arcgis-enterprise...

Would love to find others who have had success in GCP so we can form a small strange band of misfits.

C'mon I know there must be a few of you out there! @pheede-esri can you help us make connections?

It would also be great to find out if anyone has already build machine images for the different ArcGIS Enterprise server components.

Tim

NOAA Fisheries

 

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michae1duncan
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Tim,

Sorry, it's taking me so long to get back to you.  I've been diving into a bunch of different things so I've learned a few things here.

As far as using Cloud PostgreSQL, that is true, however, it cannot be "ESRI Enabled" with the st_geometry, so it's not an ESRI GDB and thus cannot be used for branch versioning like the way I am intending.  I've heard "Yet" from several of the ESRI developers so it sounds like it's coming soon or at least will be available to some extent with the Kubernetes deployments of the future.  I presume it will be available with Cloud SQL here at some point though.

After talking to a very smart guy at ESRI, I got the idea to just install PostgreSQL on a VM in Google Compute engine, so have now done that, and have it working well, with my ArcGIS Enterprise deployment.

Branch Versioning is working great and seems to be fast and a great editing experience.  A direct connection to the eGDB however is a little slow for obvious reasons, although if I access it on the VM it's normal, but outside the cloud, it's pretty slow, but most of that is to be expected, and why editing though Feature Services is what I'm going for in this POC, including Branch Versioning.

To answer your other question there, I just used the console to build one VM, so have not used Terraform at all.  If and when I do, I'll probably stick with windows boxes, and used PowerShell DSC or the upcoming Kubernetes deployment options.

 

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MattDown
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TimHaverlandNOAA
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Thanks for that link Matt. It's great to see that both Esri and Google are positive about ArcGIS Enterprise/Portal in GCP.

Now to find someone who is actually doing the work!

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michae1duncan
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I just built a Base Deployment in GCP as a proof of concept, and a way to start testing out some of the differences in the cloud.

One of my main needs is to use it for Branch Versioning, which to my knowledge I need a Geodatabase enabled RDBMS, which I don't think is possible just yet in GCP.  I could be wrong, but that is where I get stuck for now, and tend to lean toward Azure, and possibly AWS.

Besides that though, the GCP experience was great, and I think the cost per core is just slightly cheaper than the other big guys, so I wouldn't hesitate to use it in the future.  Just not quite all there as far as an eGDB goes.  But like I said, I might be missing something with that.  Just can't find the information.

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TimHaverlandNOAA
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Hey! After years of asking I've finally found someone who has actually built something in GCP. Nice to meet you!

Did you build your GCP compute resources through the console or by using Terraform (infrastructure as code) scripts? Ultimately I'm planning on building my environment through Terraform. 

Regarding an enterprise geodatabase, I think you can use Cloud SQL for Postgres:

https://cloud.google.com/sql/docs/postgres

Looks like you can use SQL Server through the Cloud SQL service too.

 

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michae1duncan
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Tim,

Sorry, it's taking me so long to get back to you.  I've been diving into a bunch of different things so I've learned a few things here.

As far as using Cloud PostgreSQL, that is true, however, it cannot be "ESRI Enabled" with the st_geometry, so it's not an ESRI GDB and thus cannot be used for branch versioning like the way I am intending.  I've heard "Yet" from several of the ESRI developers so it sounds like it's coming soon or at least will be available to some extent with the Kubernetes deployments of the future.  I presume it will be available with Cloud SQL here at some point though.

After talking to a very smart guy at ESRI, I got the idea to just install PostgreSQL on a VM in Google Compute engine, so have now done that, and have it working well, with my ArcGIS Enterprise deployment.

Branch Versioning is working great and seems to be fast and a great editing experience.  A direct connection to the eGDB however is a little slow for obvious reasons, although if I access it on the VM it's normal, but outside the cloud, it's pretty slow, but most of that is to be expected, and why editing though Feature Services is what I'm going for in this POC, including Branch Versioning.

To answer your other question there, I just used the console to build one VM, so have not used Terraform at all.  If and when I do, I'll probably stick with windows boxes, and used PowerShell DSC or the upcoming Kubernetes deployment options.

 

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TimHaverlandNOAA
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Hi there

I too have had some success with building ArcGIS Enterprise in GCP. I used Terraform for creating my VMs (that was the easy part as the GCP Cloud Shell has built-in Terraform support), and then the Esri Chef resources for configuring the servers (that was the hard part).

I didn't do an enterprise geodatabase but that might be something I add on later.

Where I'm stuck right now trying to register a Cloud Store using Google Storage ... and faking it out making ArcGIS Server think it's S3. There's a custom region type that allows you to enter a "private URL" that I thought might allow me to use Google's storage interoperability, but no dice. I get bad request errors that I need to track down.

Let's keep in touch - anybody else out there building in GCP?

 

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