I tried doing a ring buffer in Arcmap 10.5.01 for 21 rings but it kept processing and never produced any feature. Tried this 3 times, same thing. I was wondering if there is a limit?
What is the size of the raster and the buffer ring? You may be just running into memory and processing issues. Have your tried a smaller buffer ring size around a small feature?
The buffers are around a point feature, and the rings are simply 5km apart.
A total of about 21 ring are expected. I had thought it should be just easy.
I can provide the code if you want to try the python/numpy route.
But do consider the size of a 5000 m ring size.
What is the cell size you are using? You can see how things get quickly out of hand . Here are two buffer sizes with a 1 and 10 m cell size for a 5km and 20km diameter (2.5, 10. radii)
cell size radius buffer cells
1 2500 m 19,634,954 ish
1 10,000 m 314,159,265
Now you say the rings are 5000m apart
1m cell size radius (2500*20), cells => 78,539,816,339,745
10 cell size => 785,398,163,397
Maybe switch your cell size to 100m or more
Check out this thread in Geonet if could be what you are looking for especially if you are using Python. I do not believe there is a limit to how many rings your buffer tool can create.