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How have folks architected sites and clusters in ArcGIS for Server 10.1/10.2?

Question asked by davidk_wp on Apr 14, 2015
Latest reply on Apr 17, 2015 by mvolz47



Large Australian electric utility here.  We are in the process of upgrading from ArcGIS/ArcFM 10.0 to 10.2.1.  A brief outline of the current 10.0 Server environment:

  • 37 map services
  • 7 SOM servers
  • 8 additional SOC servers
  • 1000 web GIS users, typically 250 concurrent


We made the decision some months ago to move all of our map services to a single site with a single cluster.  This site was to include 12 servers, running Win 2k12 with 4 core and 8GB RAM each.  Our test environment has only 2 servers in it, and has been performing OK through most of the project.  We had no reason to believe that going into production with 12 would be anything but much faster.  Then last week, Esri-AU came to us, freshly returned to Oz from the Esri Developer Conference, and said it is recommended to not include greater than 4 servers in any given site; that the chattiness between the servers can degrade performance. 


Apparently this issue is fixed at 10.3, but that is not an option for us.  We need to find a way to make it perform at 10.2.


Now, to try to substantiate this recommendation, we have added more servers to that test environment, and done a series of load tests with 1,2,4, and 8 servers in the site.  We have thus far seen little evidence that going above 4 is any real problem...we have only run into performance issues where we did not have enough threads for a given service or 2.  (and we know we can configure around this)


My question is this:  how have other people  - especially large organisations - elected to lay out your ArcGIS Server 10.1/10.2 environments?  I am interested in:

  • number of services
  • number of users
  • number of servers (including core count and RAM)
  • number of sites
  • number of clusters per site


Any wisdom and experience anyone can pass on would be much appreciated!!