LSA ArcGIS for Server Service

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The ArcGIS for Server Service provides members of LSA with access to enterprise-level data collaboration, sharing, and management features, as well as web services and geoprocessing capabilities, without requiring them to acquire, deploy, and manage their own instances of ArcGIS for Server.

This service is currently: 

For questions or assistance related to this service

Please contact the: LSA IT Service Desk
Enter a Ticket Online | 734.936.3279 | lsait-service-desk@umich.edu

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Overview

ArcGIS for Server provides the enterprise-level capabilities of ESRI's ArcGIS software suite.  It enables central management of GIS assets, powers the enterprise GIS with web services, offers support for real-time GIS, easy sharing of imagery, provides access to spatial data in databases, extends the reach of GIS capabilities using client apps, and integrates GIS with existing IT infrastructure.  The LSA IT ArcGIS for Server Service provides members of the LSA community with access to ArcGIS for Server capabilities, without having to acquire, operate, and maintain their own server infrastructure.  Additionally, the LSA IT ArcGIS server is integrated with campus single-sign-on solutions.

Below are some examples of how ArcGIS for Server capabilities can be utilized. We also encourage you to contact us to discuss how you can best leverage ArcGIS for Server in your research and teaching: lsait-ars@umich.edu.

  • Ensure everyone is working with the same data — Enterprise geodatabases allow you to manage the distribution, replication, and versioning of data, so that your team can always be accessing the right data from their web, mobile, or desktop GIS environment. No more passing around and struggling to keep track of multiple copies of your data among collaborators.
  • Work with larger data sets — The size and performance limits for enterprise geodatabases are greatly increased over desktop-oriented GIS storage formats.
  • Preserve a snapshots of your data — At milestones, like publication or the start or end of a field day, you can create an archived snapshot of your data, which will allow you to always have access to a copy of your data as it was at that point time.
  • Tag and manage versions of your data — At any point in time you can tag and branch versions of your data, so that you can try something out without messing up your original data, or to provide field workers with the subset of data they need for their activities that day. Later, you can review and merge changes in those versions back to the original data set.
  • Work with your data in the field — Native and web apps for smartphones and tablets, such as Collector for ArcGIS, allow you to collect, view, and analyze data in the field. Many of these apps support off-line access, so that you can use their capabilities even when you don't have a connection to the Internet, and then latter sync any changes when you do.)
  • Publish data sets and maps — You can share your data and maps via a variety of web services using ArcGIS for Server, such as WCS, WMS, WFS, KML, etc. This allows you and others to easily incorporate your data into other maps and applications, such as Google Earth and ArcGIS Online.
  • Tackle complex, computationally-intensive geoprocessing tasks — Use server resources to preform advanced GIS analysis, which may take too long using your desktop resources.
Features: 

This service utilizes ESRI ArcGIS for Server capabilities to support:

  • Enterprise geodatabases, which can handle much larger data sets than desktop-centric GIS storage models.
  • Data replication, versioning, and distributed editing capabilities, for simple, yet powerful, data collaboration, sharing, and management.
  • Geoprocessing services to enable more complex, computationally-intensive analyses than achievable with standard laptop and desktop GIS use.
  • Web services to provide access to your data via a variety of common standards, such as WCS, WFS, WMS, and KML.
  • Web services to enable support for in-the-field data access, collection, and analysis, both in offline and online situations.
  • Web services which aid in lowering the bar for access to basic GIS capabilities, enabling simple, rich data-sharing and -dissemination, and support for enhanced data-discovery through Web GIS technologies, such as ArcGIS Online and Storymaps.

By providing access to these capabilities at the College level, individual members of the LSA community do not have to deal with acquiring, configuring, and maintaining their own ArcGIS for Server infrastructure.

Who can use the service?: 

Researchers and Instructors in LSA.  (Note that the ArcGIS for Server Service is intended for active projects, and not for archiving data over the long-term. If you need such archival services, or anticipate needing them after your project is completed, then please let us know at lsait-ars@umich.edu, and we can work with you to plan for other options.)

Where can the service be used?: 

Access control over data and services is highly configurable, and can range from a single user to public, anonymous access.  The server supports both on-line an off-line use cases.

Rates & Pricing: 

We provide free access to this service for members of the LSA community whose projects met the following criteria:

  1. Storage needs are less than 2TB; a combination of all database, cache, or on-server file needs.  (If you need additional space, note that you can leverage your LSA Research Storage, for tasks such as serving static imagery, linked content, etc.)
  2. Requires less than 20 hours per year of LSA IT assistance.  Typically this means tasks like managing users and groups, assistance with data management, troubleshooting connections and workflows, etc.
  3. Use of the service will not directly result in the need for additional server hardware, nor upgrades to existing server hardware beyond our planned service levels and upgrades.

If a project's needs exceed the above criteria, then we can work with you to design and appropriate solution and determine appropriate costs.  Please contact us to discuss the details. For example,

  • Additional storage needs beyond 2TB, which can be accommodated by adding disk to our existing servers, would be at-cost for MiServer/MiDatabase.
  • Assistance from LSA IT beyond 20 hours would be at an hourly rate.
  • Additional software and infrastructure to support your project would typically be passed on at-cost, such as a dedicated ArcGIS for server implementation on Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Azure.

​Note that the ArcGIS for Server Service is intended for active projects, and not for archiving data over the long-term. If you need such archival services, or anticipate needing them after your project is completed, then please let us know at lsait-ars@umich.edu, and we can work with you to plan for other options.

User Groups: 
Faculty
Researchers
Staff
IT Professionals
LSA Units