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ArcGIS Pro is unusable with large SDE geodatabases

Question asked by alexfriant on Aug 3, 2017
Latest reply on Aug 30, 2017 by alexfriant

We have ArcGIS Pro 2.0, and we are trying to connect to our main SDE geodatabase, but it's painfully slow, to the point of making it practically unusable.


Our SDE geodatabase has 380 feature classes. It's a beast, but ArcCatalog takes just 20 seconds to connect up once, and then it's fast for the rest of the session.


However, in Pro, if we even touch (not double click, just a single click) our large SDE geodatabase connection icon to view the "Details" of the SDE geodatabase, Pro does the progress triple-bar thing for about a minute, evetually loads the Description metadata, but then proceeds to lock up Pro for another minute.


This happens every single time we go away from the "Databases" folder and then return to it. Pro doesn't remember that it connected to the geodatabase just 5 seconds ago. So when we come back to the "Databases" folder the whole process starts over. What is going on in the background?


At the UC 2017, I spoke with an Esri employee who stated that ArcGIS Pro 1.4 (and previous) had a bug where Pro would make "hundreds" of calls to each feature class for no functional reason. He then said that this bug was fixed in Pro 2.0, but it appears to still be an issue. He also advised indexing, which I've done (left the computer locked with me signed in, Pro running over night), but it also appears to have no positive effect.


Anyways, our smaller SDE geodatabases work much faster, but you can still tell that Pro has to "reconnect" and gather some data from the gdb in the background. It just seems like Pro has taken a huge step backwards, contrary to advertisements of "64 bit speed", from ArcMap/ArcCatalog when it comes to interacting with SDE geodatabases.


Can anyone explain why Pro is slower than ArcCatalog when interacting with SDE geodatabases?