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Any pointers to free cloud-based geoweb hosts? Use case: To display a basic interactive web map in Leaflet/ OpenLayers with data hosted in PostGIS served by GeoServer. I am looking at something very close to the OpenGeoSuite since I am playing with that at the moment already. [This is basically a teach-yourself webmapping exercise and there are zero personally hosted server resources on my sleeves].

I've found capnix to host the website but now need the 'Geo'-portion. CartoDB's 5MB data limit is too small for my project needs and OpenGeo's Cloud Edition is too short (3 days!). Any ideas?

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You've asked 6 questions but haven't accepted a single answer. This gives you a 0% accept rate which may disincentivise some people from answering. –  GIS-Jonathan Apr 26 '12 at 12:03
    
@GIS-Jonathan. Oh! Didn't know that had to be explicit. Will look into it. –  Erick Apr 26 '12 at 12:10
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Yep. Just tick the little grey arrow next to the answer you want highlight as being "correct". The writer of it gets +15 rep (and you'll get a badge the first time ;-) ). –  GIS-Jonathan Apr 26 '12 at 12:13
    
@Erick if you get your accept rate up, I'll add my +1. –  user5732 Apr 26 '12 at 16:13
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If you are not tied to GeoServer, you might take a look at a very new QGIS-based solution called QGIS Cloud. It is currently free. Not sure about the speed, as their server, I think, is in Germany (though they may be expanding soon).

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is it work for local needs? –  Aragon Apr 26 '12 at 12:14
    
Aragon, I'm not sure of your question. The service offers a remotely hosted PostreSQL database, which you use locally to build your map. Once 'published' to QGIS Cloud, their hosted QGIS Server serves the map via the QGIS Web Client. The key feature is that your map is built/edited using QGIS on the desktop. So, users of the service just need to know how to use QGIS. I have not tested it extensively, but the remote database connection may be slow for some operations in QGIS. –  dakcarto Apr 26 '12 at 12:22
    
I have tried this, but I can never seem to publish the data. I consistently get an error message, with no help to fix the issue. –  Ryan Garnett Apr 26 '12 at 13:30
    
Once published can you access the map via OGC web standards such as WFS, WMS and WCS? –  CaptDragon Apr 26 '12 at 14:23
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Here is my experience with QGIS Cloud so far: Once published the map is accessible via WMS standard. However I had the following issues: (1) Before publishing on QGIS cloud, I had to re-project all my shapefiles to EPSG:3857. (2) In order to display the WMS layers back in QGIS, I had to check the "Ignore GetMap URL in capabilities" and "Ignore GetFeatureInfo URL in capabilities" checkboxes in the "Add WMS Layer" dialog. (3) QGIS cloud doesn't support publishing the data as WFS or WCS. –  jirikadlec2 Jan 6 at 15:13
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You could try arcgis online. There is a free level for non commercial use

Good summary here: http://www.georelated.com/2012/10/cloud-web-mapping-service-api-review.html

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You are probably out of luck for "free" but you could also check out HostGIS. http://www.hostgis.com/home/. We've has sites running with them for years. Good support and all round nice guy running it.

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Thanks for the response. I ended up running Geoserver and PostGIS on OpenShift for 'free'. Since i just wanted something to play with. Had loads of fun and learnt a lot.dubrovsky.posterous.com/geoserver-on-openshift –  Erick Sep 6 '12 at 8:14
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  • Amazon EC2 have a free usage tier that lasts a year for new customers. You could install your own software and would be great for learning the different parts of a typical stack.
  • Google Fusion tables is free and should be possible to plugin to openlayers.
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I searched for the same free cloud based geoweb services and came up empty over a year ago. Ended up using www.webfaction.com for about $10 a month. They supply PostGreSQL, PostGIS and all of the necessary libraries. Had my IT nephew install GeoServer and all is well, so far.

I'm fairly new to web/map development and I found the support to be most helpful and quick to respond.

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One issue we ran into while conducting some comparative load testing benchmark studies was that while webfaction was great we showed a consistent bottleneck related to available memory and speed. Naturally this all depends on your objectives and desired runtime application framework your building your solution upon. One perfect example of such a bottleneck came into play when we attempted to benchmark Mapnik. As it turns out (at least on the webfaction servers) we were able to confirm that installing mapnik with 256 and even 512mb of ram failed. Errors out / max memory. Keep it simple/clean. –  NetConstructor.com Nov 15 '12 at 7:04
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