ESRI announced the availability of ArcGIS Server, a new product that gives distributed users access to GIS functionality via a centralized, shared server. ArcGIS Server deploys GIS functionality, previously available only in GIS desktop solutions, in an IT, standards-based server environment. For example, capabilities such as mapping, geocoding, spatial query, editing, tracing, and high-end analysis can all be served to end users who do not have a desktop GIS.
With this centralized approach toward data management and application support, users of particular GIS applications (e.g., transaction systems such as utilities and land records) are able to develop server-based business logic for their applications and make it available on demand using a mix of thin/thick and mobile/stationary clients.
ArcGIS Server uses open, standards-based application program interfaces. This approach allows enterprise integration platforms to leverage ArcGIS Server, thus helping organizations achieve enterprise-level application integration.
Key features of ArcGIS Server include
• Serverside GIS capabilities
• Lower cost of ownership
• Open platform
ESRI expects that numerous organizations new to GIS will build systems based on this architecture and many existing GIS organizations will leverage their existing systems with a GIS enterprise application server.