ArcGIS Server @ Amazon

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11-03-2016 02:46 PM
WilsonLee
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Hi all,

We are in the planning stage of upgrading for our ArcGIS Server from 10.1 to the LATEST version.

Here are our current configurations:

  • ArcGIS 10.1 for Server (with over 50 large map/feature/tile services)
  • Total 2 instances, 4 machines

                DEV/TEST - 2 machines (1 for cluster/load balancer)

                PRODUCTION - 2 machines (1 for cluster/load balancer)

  • ArcSDE 10.1 (Oracle 11G)
  • ESRI Org AGO account (40 Web Maps, 20+ Web Apps)

Here are what we like to achieve:

  • setup Arcgis Server 10.4 on Amazon cloud
  • ArcSDE data store on-premise OR migrate to Amazon
  • Avoid long downtime

Here are our questions:

  • If we would like to use Amazon cloud, can we use our existing ArcSDE (oracle based, hosted in-house)
  • Is there a first time setup fee charged by Amazon?
  • do we need a load balanaer if we are using Amazon? 
  • Is there ongoing maintenance and support cost charged by Amazon or ESRI?
  • What’s the traffic and data usage cost for both the ArcGIS Server and ArcSDE access hosted by Amazon?
  • Any suggestions or strategies?

Thanks so much!!!

Regards,

Wilson

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DerekLaw
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Hi Wilson,

Q1) If we would like to use Amazon cloud, can we use our existing ArcSDE (oracle based, hosted in-house)

A1) While this might be technically possible, this is definitely NOT a recommended deployment pattern. You would likely get poor performance and will have to deal with security/firewall issues between your hosted in-house enterprise geodatabase and your ArcGIS Server in Amazon instance. I recommend that you migrate the geodatabase into the Cloud, see help topic:

Geodatabases and ArcGIS Server on Amazon Web Services—ArcGIS for Server (10.4) | ArcGIS for Server 

Q2) Is there a first time setup fee charged by Amazon?

A2) You will have to get an Amazon Cloud account set-up before you can use the ArcGIS Server Amazon Machine Instances (AMIs). I suggest you reach out directly to Amazon to discuss costs.

Q3) Do we need a load balanacr if we are using Amazon? 

A3) This will depend on your deployment specifics. Please review this help topic:

Amazon Load Balancers and ArcGIS Server—ArcGIS for Server (10.4) | ArcGIS for Server 

Q4) Is there ongoing maintenance and support cost charged by Amazon or ESRI?

A4) With respect to ArcGIS Server in Amazon, you would likely pay annual maintenance - but it depends on how your Esri software is licensed. Please discuss with your local Esri account manager/Distributor for details. Regarding Amazon Cloud costs, please reach out directly to Amazon.

Q5) What’s the traffic and data usage cost for both the ArcGIS Server and ArcSDE access hosted by Amazon?

A5) Again, this will depend on usage, traffic, how much content you plan on storing in the Amazon cloud, etc. There are many factors involved - please discuss further with your local Esri account manager/Distributor. This video is a little old, but may provide some insight with some use cases,

Home | Esri Video 

This whitepaper may also help: https://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/estimating-cost-gis-cloud.pdf 

Q6) Any suggestions or strategies

A6) FYI, help documentation is available here:
What is ArcGIS Server on Amazon Web Services?—ArcGIS for Server (10.4) | ArcGIS for Server 

Hope this helps,

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DerekLaw
Community Moderator

Hi Wilson,

Q1) If we would like to use Amazon cloud, can we use our existing ArcSDE (oracle based, hosted in-house)

A1) While this might be technically possible, this is definitely NOT a recommended deployment pattern. You would likely get poor performance and will have to deal with security/firewall issues between your hosted in-house enterprise geodatabase and your ArcGIS Server in Amazon instance. I recommend that you migrate the geodatabase into the Cloud, see help topic:

Geodatabases and ArcGIS Server on Amazon Web Services—ArcGIS for Server (10.4) | ArcGIS for Server 

Q2) Is there a first time setup fee charged by Amazon?

A2) You will have to get an Amazon Cloud account set-up before you can use the ArcGIS Server Amazon Machine Instances (AMIs). I suggest you reach out directly to Amazon to discuss costs.

Q3) Do we need a load balanacr if we are using Amazon? 

A3) This will depend on your deployment specifics. Please review this help topic:

Amazon Load Balancers and ArcGIS Server—ArcGIS for Server (10.4) | ArcGIS for Server 

Q4) Is there ongoing maintenance and support cost charged by Amazon or ESRI?

A4) With respect to ArcGIS Server in Amazon, you would likely pay annual maintenance - but it depends on how your Esri software is licensed. Please discuss with your local Esri account manager/Distributor for details. Regarding Amazon Cloud costs, please reach out directly to Amazon.

Q5) What’s the traffic and data usage cost for both the ArcGIS Server and ArcSDE access hosted by Amazon?

A5) Again, this will depend on usage, traffic, how much content you plan on storing in the Amazon cloud, etc. There are many factors involved - please discuss further with your local Esri account manager/Distributor. This video is a little old, but may provide some insight with some use cases,

Home | Esri Video 

This whitepaper may also help: https://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/estimating-cost-gis-cloud.pdf 

Q6) Any suggestions or strategies

A6) FYI, help documentation is available here:
What is ArcGIS Server on Amazon Web Services?—ArcGIS for Server (10.4) | ArcGIS for Server 

Hope this helps,

WilsonLee
Occasional Contributor

thanks

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