4 Replies Latest reply on May 16, 2012 7:22 AM by dlaw-esristaff

    Difference between ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Server Online

    sahermurad
      Hi

      This is Saher and I'm working in IMMAP.
      Our Organization is planning to develop geoportal for which we are looking for ArcGIS Server.

      Please could anyone elaborate the following which would help us to better understand the details:

      1. What is the difference between ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Server Online?
      2. If both are providing the same services and functionalities then why one should opt for ArcGIS Server which is very costly?

      Thank you
        • Re: Difference between ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Server Online
          gisprogrammer9
          What is "ArcGIS Server Online"?
          • Re: Difference between ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Server Online
            dlaw-esristaff
            Hi Saher,

            1. What is the difference between ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Server Online?


            ArcGIS Server is a product that enables you to publish and share your GIS resources (e.g., maps, locators, GP models) as web services so they can be accessed and used over the Web/intranet. It is a product that you would typically install and configure on-premise in your organization. Learn more here.

            "ArcGIS Server Online" - this statement could be interpreted in 2 ways:

            i) "ArcGIS Online" is the online component of ArcGIS. It is a complete, cloud-based, collaborative content management system for working with geographic information. The platform provides an on-demand, secure, open, and configurable infrastructure for creating web maps, web-enabling your data, sharing your map, data, and applications, and managing content and multiple users from your organization. Learn more here.

            ii) "ArcGIS Server in the Cloud" is an option where you can obtain ArcGIS Server - but it is hosted in a cloud environment and NOT on-premise in your organization. Learn more here.


            2. If both are providing the same services and functionalities then why one should opt for ArcGIS Server which is very costly?


            To be clear:

            Functionality in ArcGIS Server in the Cloud does equal functionality in ArcGIS Server.
            Functionality in ArcGIS Online does NOT equal functionality in ArcGIS Server.

            Hope this helps,
            • Re: Difference between ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Server Online
              sahermurad
              Hi Saher,



              ArcGIS Server is a product that enables you to publish and share your GIS resources (e.g., maps, locators, GP models) as web services so they can be accessed and used over the Web/intranet. It is a product that you would typically install and configure on-premise in your organization. Learn more here.

              "ArcGIS Server Online" - this statement could be interpreted in 2 ways:

              i) "ArcGIS Online" is the online component of ArcGIS. It is a complete, cloud-based, collaborative content management system for working with geographic information. The platform provides an on-demand, secure, open, and configurable infrastructure for creating web maps, web-enabling your data, sharing your map, data, and applications, and managing content and multiple users from your organization. Learn more here.

              ii) "ArcGIS Server in the Cloud" is an option where you can obtain ArcGIS Server - but it is hosted in a cloud environment and NOT on-premise in your organization. Learn more here.




              To be clear:

              Functionality in ArcGIS Server in the Cloud does equal functionality in ArcGIS Server.
              Functionality in ArcGIS Online does NOT equal functionality in ArcGIS Server.

              Hope this helps,


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              Hi Law,

              Thank you so much.
              Please few more questions:

              1). Is ArcGIS Server in the cloud free of cost?
              2). If it's free and have the same functionality & Security as ArcGIS Server which on the other end is very costly and difficult to manage, then still why organizations go for ArcGIS Server?
              • Re: Difference between ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Server Online
                dlaw-esristaff
                Hi Saher,

                1). Is ArcGIS Server in the cloud free of cost?


                ArcGIS Server in the Cloud requires licensing - you can choose between 1, 3, or 12 month, renewable term licensing options. Please contact your local Esri office/Distributor for more details.

                2). If it's free and have the same functionality & Security as ArcGIS Server which on the other end is very costly and difficult to manage, then still why organizations go for ArcGIS Server?


                As I indicated above, there is a licensing cost for ArcGIS Server in the Cloud.

                Hope this helps,