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"We know WOW will scale without any problems, and we don’t have to worry about any of the hardware configuration or system administration that can easily consume time.”

 

Edward Hartwell-Goose, a cloud solutions expert, PA Consulting Group  

 

Building scalable websites using Google App Engine

Ed Hartwell-Goose

Google App Engine Blog

26 September 2011

 

Edward Hartwell-Goose, a cloud solutions expert at PA Consulting Group, has been published on Google’s App Engine blog. Ed describes how PA and the Met Office made use of Google’s App Engine to launch a new Weather Observations Website (WOW).

PA has been working on the website and has designed an app for individual weather enthusiasts and schools to upload their own weather observations. This data provides local details to enhance the information the Met Office gets from its network of automatic weather stations, as well as providing amateurs with the opportunity to exchange and view weather information. In the three months since launch, WOW has recorded 5.5 million weather reports from countries throughout the world.

Describing the benefits of relying on Google’s platform for growth, scalability and performance Ed says: “Since launch, we’ve spent almost no time at all doing anything but casual monitoring. No one carries a pager, and the one time we did have problems (we underestimated demand, and our quota ran out), I was able to upgrade the quota in a minute or so. And I did it from my sofa. On my phone”

Ed continues: “We know WOW will scale without any problems, and we don’t have to worry about any of the hardware configuration or system administration that can easily consume time.”

You can read the article in full here.  


 

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