Planet acquired St. Louis-based geospatial software solutions company Boundless earlier this year, and today we are excited to announce that we are open-sourcing two key Boundless code bases, freeing the projects to evolve with their communities.
The first of these is Staccato, a Java-based catalog that implements the SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog (STAC) specification that Planet helped author. We have a number of users who maintain copies of Planet’s catalog to meet security, disaster mitigation, or latency reduction requirements, and Staccato provides an ideal, standards-based solution for these use cases.
Once data is acquired and cataloged into a STAC solution such as Staccato, the next step is to analyze, reproject, subset, or fuse it to derive optimal business value. To help achieve this, Planet’s new Professional Services team works with customers to recommend the right solutions for a wide range of situations. Often, Planet recommends solutions like Esri’s ArcGIS Image Server, which helps customers serve imagery to desktop GIS applications, web applications and everything in between.
With today’s open source release of Stratus, previously known as Boundless Server Enterprise (BSE), customers have another option for serving data to their users. Stratus extends the core GeoServer project with cloud-native capabilities, enabling scalability through automatic provisioning of compute nodes. It replaces GeoServer’s disk-based configuration with a shared Redis datastore that is always in sync. We are releasing it as an independent project, but working with the GeoServer Project Steering Committee, our hope is that Stratus will be taken up by the community and accepted as an official GeoServer project in the next few months.