How many ArcGIS Desktop users / readers can a file geodatabase realistically support?
Here's the reason why I'm asking this question. Years ago we created a single SDE/SQL geodatabase as a container for corporate GIS layers at our agency. These "library", as we call it contains over 250 feature classes and tables. At any one time during the work week, we have 60 users and everything is read only. As you can imagine it's getting harder and harder for users to find the layers they are looking for with this many gis layers. I've now been asked to load several new layers that are designed for cartographic purposes. I'd rather not mix these layer into our current library so I'm thinking that maybe we should just add a file geodatabase on the file system where everyone can get at it. I hate the idea of creating feature datasets in SDE. Other options?
We are running ArcGIS 10.2.2 on SQL Server 2012.