ArcGIS for Server

ArcGIS for Server is software that makes your geographic information available to others in your organization and optionally anyone with an Internet connection. This is accomplished through web services, which allow a powerful server computer to receive and process requests for information sent by other devices. ArcGIS for Server opens your GIS to tablets, smartphones, laptops, desktop workstations, and any other devices that can connect to web services.

To get started with ArcGIS for Server, you’ll need to prepare your hardware, software, and data, then you can set up GIS web services. Finally, you can use various types of applications to consume your services.

Typical customer applications include using ArcGIS Server mapping and spatial analysis services in geoportals and spatial data infrastructure, integration with the organization's asset, customer relationship, natural resource, or work order management system, development of situational awareness or common operating picture solutions, online store and resource locators, public-facing Web portals for government transparency, online tracking of weather events, resource movement, or visualizing change over time, sharing of scientific research and modeling, management and delivery of remote sensing data, collaborative mapping and user-generated content applications , as well as managing data collection projects using mobile devices and global positioning system (GPS) and supporting mobile data intelligence.

ArcGIS Server is the core server geographic information system (GIS) software made by Esri. ArcGIS Server is used for creating and managing GIS Web services, applications, and data. ArcGIS Server is typically deployed on-premises within the organization’s service-oriented architecture (SOA) or off-premises in a cloud computing environment.

Basic functions

ArcGIS for Server includes a full set of tools to provide multi-user access to various types of GIS resources: geodatabases, maps, tools, 3D-models, address locator, remote sensing data.

With ArcGIS for Server you can solve three group of problems:

  • Formation of multi-user geodatabase based on DBMS;
  • Publication of geoinformatic web services (GIS services) for an unlimited number of users on the Internet or as part of a local network;
  • Creation of custom applications that use services of ArcGIS for Server.

Web applications, mobile devices, GIS software packages, and other servers can act as clients for ArcGIS for Server.

ArcGIS Server ships in three functional editions, Basic, Standard, and Advanced. In addition, ArcGIS Server editions are available at two levels, scaled according to capacity: Workgroup and Enterprise.

Class of functionality determines the tasks that can be solved using ArcGIS for Server, and the level of scalability - possible load on the system.





Multiuser geodatabase

Creation of centralized multiuser geodatabase (ArcSDE) based on DBMS (Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, IBM Informix, and PostgreSQL) with the ability to simultaneously connection of an unlimited number of users and editors.

Distributed database

Creation of an unlimited number of multiuser geodatabase replicas with a different hierarchy and the ability to synchronize changes through a web service.

GIS Services

Publication of various types of GIS services, including mapping services, dimensional services, imaging services, geocoding services, geodata services and analytical services. Access to services performed by REST and SOAP protocols. It supports OGC standards.

Server and geodata services of objects (read-only)

Web mapping

Tools for creation of fully functional web applications for displaying and analysis of geospatial data with no programming required.


Basic geoprocessing

Server side spatial modeling and analysis  based on tools prepared using ArcGIS for Desktop Standard.


Advanced geoprocessing

Advanced server side spatial modeling and analysis  based on tools prepared using ArcGIS for Desktop Standard and additional modules ArcGIS 3D Analyst for Desktop, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst for Desktop, ArcGIS Network Analyst for Desktop and ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst for Desktop.



Management of raster data

Presentation of large volumes of remote sensing raster data to unlimited number of users via a web service with the implementation and photogrammetric transformation of brightness on the fly. To post a mosaic dataset and bitmap with raster functions Image Extension required. To publish single raster additional modules is not required.


Spatial data editing via web service

Edit spatial data on a map via a web browser or mobile client. Allows you to add, edit and delete points, lines and polygons, edit object attributes, multiuser editing, follow the rules of classes conduct for spatial objects.


Complete custom web applications

Web viewers, development of web applications using ArcGIS Web Mapping API, ArcGIS Online


Custom mobile applications

ArcGIS for Windows Mobile, ArcMap, ArcGIS for smartphones and tablets, mobile application development


Custom desktop application

ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Runtime, ArcGIS Explorer

Support for additional modules



Support for open standards




A database for storing multiuser geodatabase

Microsoft SQL Server Express 2008 SP2 / 2008 R2 SP1 / 2012/2014 (maximum use of 1GB of RAM)

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP2/2008 R2 SP1/2012/2014, Oracle 10g R2/11g R1/11g R2, PostgreSQL 9.0.5/9.1.3/9.2.2, IBM DB2 version 9.7 Fix Pack 4, Informix 11.50/11.70

Operating System

64-bit version Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2008/2008 R2 / 2012 64-bit version Microsoft Windows 8/7/Vista/XP

64-bit version Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2008/2008 R2 / 2012 64-bit version Microsoft Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5/6, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Number of processor cores

No more than 4

Without limits (One license ArcGIS for Server Enterprise allows you to use 4 cores. When using more than 4 cores need to purchase additional licenses ArcGIS for Server Enterprise.)

The total volume of multiuser geodatabase

Up to 10 GB

Without limits

The maximum number of connections to a multiuser geodatabase (not online)


Without limits

Distributed deployment of ArcGIS for Server components

Not supported (Workgroup level components can only be installed on one machine)


ArcGIS Mobile Customer Support

Only ArcGIS for Server Advanced with the purchase of Mobile Pack (for 50 clients).

Without limits for ArcGIS for Server Advanced. For ArcGIS for Server Standard - with the purchase of Mobile Pack (for 50 clients).