originally posted from our friends @mappinggisWhich program is better suited to serve geographic data on the web? ArcGIS Server form ESRI or open source ? This question is common in mailing lists and GIS-forums. The most consistent answer is that depends on the project. But in this post we will see some numbers to determine which is the best software to develop an application for web mapping:
ArcGIS for ServerArcGIS for Server was launched to replace ArcIMS, and its quality and functionality is unquestionable. In a way it is based on the flagship product of ESRI ArcGIS for desktop. But it has some disadvantages as well:
- One ArcEditor license to configure and create data is required at least (price examples).
- Use the REST API, but being based on DCOM objects have scaling problems.
- each new API prob. means to renew the whole GIS-stack.
Why is open source GIS performing better?
- MapServer or GeoServer run on all major operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac OSX), ArcGIS for Server only works under Windows and Linux.
- “Saving” of software licenses.
- Satisfactory performance: for most needs the lean MapServer or GeoServer perform better than full equipped ArcGIS Server.
This is only one study, in other analyzes ArcGIS for Server may have better results.
But mappinggis last statement is clear and we tend to support this statement:
“What is clear is that there is currently a trend in the industry to replace large facilities for ArcGIS Server to Open Source solutions and not vice versa.”