by Richard Horrocks
With the recent announcement from Autodesk of the discontinuation of Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server (AIMS) as of January 2019, many customers have started to look for different alternatives. One of those alternatives is MapGuide Open Source. This option has a similar architecture, look and feel to AIMS and for these reasons, those who know AIMS can become familiar with OSGeo MapGuide very quickly.
Migrating from AIMS to MapGuide Open Source
Existing hardware capable of running AIMS should support this open source version as well, so it’s an easy software swap to make and shouldn’t require any hardware changes. The Administrator tool is the same as AIMS, and for the migration, a package file (.mpg) can be generated and read by OSGeo MapGuide with no difficulty. With this option, all your layers and their symbology can be preserved just as they were defined on AIMS. This will significantly reduce your site’s downtime during the migration, since you won’t need to migrate the symbology rules for all your features.
Instead of using AIMS Studio as the authoring tool, OSGeo MapGuide uses MapGuide Maestro, which is similar to Studio but with a slightly different look. Once the package from AIMS is imported, some data sources will need to be repaired in Maestro; but as far as files go, if the alias where the files are being stored is defined with the same name, they will work just as they are.
If you have an Oracle data source defined on AIMS, an extra component will also need to be installed on OSGeo MapGuide as an add on, to include an Oracle data source – this component is called FDO King Oracle Provider. Once you have the King provider installed, the original Oracle data sources from AIMS will have to be replaced by new data sources from the King provider, and then it’s a just simple case of pointing the related layers to this new data source.
While many customizations that were defined on AIMS can be ported to OSGeo MapGuide, there are some, like the Industry Model components, that unfortunately can’t be incorporated.
This option could be used as a permanent solution, or a temporary one to buy you some extra time while you decide which technology you’ll ultimately end up using. That said, OSGeo MapGuide seems to be a natural replacement for AIMS given their similarities. With this simple swap and a few minor adjustments, you will be ready to go, and your site will look just as it originally did in AIMS.
If this sounds like the right solution for you (whether temporary or permanent), or if you need help deciding on the best AIMS alternative for your organization, contact us today to get some expert advice from our team.