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Should I load layers as Feature service or Hosted feature layer in Portal?

Question asked by jpacosta on Jul 17, 2018
Latest reply on Jul 18, 2018 by jskinner-esristaff

We plan to roll out ArcGIS Enterprise to our users. For initial rollout- we will not allow edits since we still have many business workflows for our editable layers.The only edits we have are with the Collector and Survey123 and these are setup within the GIS Group. One (of many) use case for portal is for our GIS "viewers" to use the webmap browser instead of ArcGIS for desktop. We really want our users to get the best performance as possible out of Portal. 


Anyone have any advise on how we should load our enterprise layers to Portal? Should we publish the layer as a feature service or load the data to portal as a hosted feature layer? What would give our users the best performance? If you are loading a hosted layer- how did you keep it updated since there is no direct link?