There’s no doubt that what we define as a GIS, and who we define as a GIS user is changing rapidly, and the ArcGIS system is responding to those changes in current and upcoming releases. Today Josh and I focused on the next point in the ArcGIS evolutionary path – the 10.1 release slated for final release next year. In this session we’re looked at some of the significant changes in ArcGIS for Server 10.1.
First up we explored how the installation and configuration of ArcGIS for Server gets much simpler at 10.1. A great example of this is that if you’re installing on a Windows, O/S, you now potentially just install one component – the GIS Server – no need for the .NET framework or IIS. Extending that story of simplicity, IT professionals deploying ArcGIS Server will appreciate the new 64-bit, pure web-services architecture. With its built-in web server and clusters of peer GIS servers configured in sites, it not only takes full advantage of current server hardware, but also streamlines management and connectivity – particularly in the cloud.
Performance was the other key thing we explored in the session. The native 64-bit architecture, coupled with code optimisations across many areas of the product contribute faster queries, faster maps and faster analysis. A good example of that was the drive-time network analysis on the fly that Josh demoed in combination with demographic queries happening at the same time. Another performance related take away from the session that also ties in to the new architecture was the new CachingTools service. Bring that together with the ability to target specific types of service to particular groups of GIS servers in a cluster and you can really start to optimise the way your available infrastructure is utilised.
In the latter part of the session we focused on some of the key functional enhancements in 10.1 Highlights here included the new Dynamic Layers capability – a powerful new way of having the content and appearance of a layer in a web map changed on the fly. Another significant addition to ArcGIS for Server in this release is the out the box ExportWebMap service – getting your app to print a map based on map templates that you can define becomes a lot simpler.
We didn’t have time to cover everything that’s new in 10.1 so I have included some links below that will give you some additional background. Watch out for Beta 2 that will probably be out some time in November.
- ArcGIS for Server Technology at 10.1 (Video)
- Deprecation Plans for ArcGIS 10.0 and 10.1
- Considerations for ArcGIS Server developers: A look toward 10.1
It was great to meet some of our customers at this year’s Ozri, hope to see you all again soon!
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