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Why buy an ESRI ArcGIS Server license if SQLServer 2012 can read geometry data types?

Question asked by fionarenton on Dec 11, 2014
Latest reply on Dec 12, 2014 by fionarenton

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?

 

We currently:

  • 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?

 

Thanks,

 

Fiona

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