What’s New in ShakeCast: Introducing Version 3.0
Good News! ShakeCast 3.0 is here, and it is available for cloud-based ShakeCast hosting. You can now run ShakeCast with little or no hardware investment, achieve off-site redundancy, and avoid frustrating internal IT roadblocks. Alternatively, you can continue to host ShakeCast internally, but update to a Virtual Machine (VM) environment to avoid challenging hurdles introduced due to local idiosyncrasies of your hardware, software or network. Either way, ShakeCast V3 will be much easier to install, use and maintain.
Some of the new features, documented in the ShakeCast User Guide, include:
- Support for Linux VM/Cloud (Amazon Web Services)
- Windows 8/7 stand alone image/install (coming soon; contact us)
- Drag-and-drop user data upload
- ShakeCast Inventory Worksheet (MS Excel)
Important documents to get started:
- ShakeCast V3 Cloud Installation Guide
- Updated ShakeCast User Guide (Draft)
- Example user-specific data files (users, facilities, fragilities, configurations)
- Steps for Migrating from V2 to V3
These documents, and more, are hosted on the ShakeCast Wiki.
Setting up your own cloud-base ShakeCast instance requires you to get an inexpensive (free for the first year) Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services account. Once set up with an AWS account, copying the ShakeCast software disk image ("instance") requires a quick electronic approval from the USGS ShakeCast team.
As we move toward the new ShakeCast V3 system, support for the legacy ShakeCast V2 system is limited to existing ShakeCast users.
Who should use ShakeCast: businesses, utility and other lifeline managers, emergency responders, and others have an urgent need for information about the impact on their own facilities so they can make informed decisions and take quick actions to ensure safety, restore system functionality, and minimize losses.
Who should not use ShakeCast: individual users without facility inventory or organizations that look for earthquake information infrequently.
We highly recommend new and existing ShakeCast users who wish to host their own ShakeCast instance to use the following steps to install the application:
- Obtain the prebuilt AWS ShakeCast VM. An AWS micro instance is free for a one-year trial period, during which users can evaluate ShakeCast.
- Evaluate the ShakeCast application on AWS.
Once you reach the conclusion that ShakeCast is the software that meets your needs for earthquake response, proceed to:
- Prepare your hosting environment for ShakeCast implementation. Either on your own hardware, another cloud provider or continue to host in the AWS cloud.
- Install the ShakeCast application using the platform-appropriate installer available on the ftp site.
- Migrate and populate ShakeCast using your facility, facility, notification, and user information.