I still can't find the answer to this question and am wondering if I am misunderstanding something.
Why do we need to buy an ESRI ArcGIS Server license if SQLServer 2012 can read geometry data types?
- write stored SQL procedures to query the geometry data types for simple polygon and line GIS layers
- use the database as a read only GIS library for a few shared GIS layers for a few ArcGIS Desktop users.
We pay another agency to host our map services.
I'm currently loading feature classes into SQLServer 2012 using ArcCatalog 10.2.2 (ArcGIS Advanced) and a direct connection to the database, without having used the "Create geodatabase tool" which requires an ArcServer authorization key.
What additional functionality does enabling a geodatabase in SQLServer 2012 give us?