ArcGIS Enterprise is a key component of the ArcGIS platform. It provides you with a complete Web GIS that runs behind your firewall, in your infrastructure, on-premises, and in the cloud and works with your enterprise systems and policies. The Esri Web GIS pattern comes to life through ArcGIS Enterprise where it enables server-based big data and raster analysis, access to maps and apps on the web, web, desktop, and mobile devices, and opens the door to new ways to collaborate and share geospatial content.

What does ArcGIS Enterprise provide?

ArcGIS Enterprise is a full-featured mapping and analytics platform that includes a powerful GIS server plus dedicated web-based GIS infrastructure to organize and share your work. The base product comprises of:

  • An enterprise GIS portal for organizing and sharing GIS assets. 
  • A data store for secure storage and fast access to maps and data.
  • Optional GIS capabilities for real-time imagery and large data processing.
  • Even more capabilities when you opt for GIS server extensions.
  • An enterprise geodatabase, the ultimate in geodata storage and management.

ArcGIS Enterprise delivers industry-leading mapping and data analysis to your physical or cloud infrastructure. The software platform can be deployed in a variety of configurations — whatever best suits your organization.

How can I use ArcGIS Enterprise?

ArcGIS Enterprise can be deployed in several configurations, depending on the workflow needed.

The Base Deployment provides an essential web GIS instance, with capabilities which involves the following:

  • Ability to map and visualize features on the web
  • Running of advanced geoprocessing tools and procedures over any network (including the Internet)
  • Creation of schematic diagrams
  • Multiple GIS functionality on the web with workload separation between GIS function


More capabilities can be added to the base ArcGIS Enterprise deployment by licensing additional server roles. Below are some of the roles that ArcGIS Enterprise accommodates and their capabilities:

Raster Analytic Workflow we can use the base deployment combined with an Image Server role to allow the following capabilities:


  • Publishing of image services for on-the-fly visualization
  • Performing distributed analytics on raster data.
  • Raster function chaining
  • Accelerated raster and image analysis
  • Running raster functions against massive image collections and scaling when needed.

Real Time workflows use the base deployment combined with a Geo Event Server role and a Spatio-Temporal DataStore to allow the following capabilities:

  • On-the-fly analysis of streaming data
  • Creation of geofences
  • Data driven alerts


Data Science workflows can make use of a base deployment and a GeoAnalytics Server role for analytical capabilities such as:

  • Large Volume space-time analysis
  • 2D / 3D visualization
  • Accelerated geoprocessing


Finally, to include Location Intelligence into your workflows – following set up can be used, allowing users to:

  • Geographically locate market segments
  • Perform deep data enrichment
  • Optimize tools for business intelligence


How secure is ArcGIS Enterprise?

Esri designs security into the ArcGIS platform to ensure a consistent, secure experience across the enterprise, whether it's providing role-based access control (RBAC), logging, authentication, or authorization. Esri's platform is also designed to integrate into an organization's security infrastructure through support of standards such as LDAP, SAML, and even using the organization's identity store and security policies at the web level to facilitate single sign-on or public key infrastructure (PKI) support. ArcGIS Enterprise is licensed per user and by system capacity. Named users exist at two levels, providing secure access to information and content creation capabilities.

Esri uses its most rigorous security measures for ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online, since Web GIS components are frequently exposed on the Internet, presenting a higher risk for customers compared with more isolated desktop-based offerings. These key products regularly undergo static code analysis, dynamic scans, third-party component analysis, and periodic third-party pen testing. Esri continues to expand the amount of security validation it performs against the whole ArcGIS platform.



Sounds great! What do I need to get it deployed?

ArcGIS Enterprise runs on Windows and Linux, giving you complete control over any deployment of your choosing, including:

  • In your local infrastructure, on physical hardware or virtualized environments.
  • In the cloud, on Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure.
  • A mixture of on-premises and cloud.

This flexibility unlocks new capabilities and distributes your deployment across the infrastructure that best supports your organization's needs. Your ArcGIS Enterprise deployment can also be connected or disconnected from the open Internet.