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Number of layers in a service

Question asked by HandsomePete on Aug 11, 2014
Latest reply on Feb 20, 2015 by bkeinath

Does the number of layers in a service make a difference on the performance of the server?  For example, if I am serving the same data, does it make a difference if my service has 20 layers or 1500?


I have a project where we have 10 to 20 feature classes in a geodatabase, but to view them properly, we need to put query definitions on them to break it up.  The resulting map can have anywhere from 900 to 1500 layers.


I have two options:

1) I can put those query definitions in an mxd and create a service out of it (1500 layers).


2) I can serve the feature classes as layers w/ no query definition (20 layers) and put the query definitions on a web app.


All things being equal, does it make a difference performance either way?