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ArcIMS Demonstrates Interoperability and Support for OGC

ArcIMS Manager MapServices web pageArcIMS is the GIS industry's first solution for building large-scale Internet mapping solutions. Building on technology from three previous releases of Esri's Internet Map Server (IMS), ArcIMS sets the new standard for Internet mapping and GIS.

"Esri's software has been used to implement more than 10,000 IMS sites," says David Maguire, Esri's director of product planning. "We've talked to our existing IMS users to learn what they want in a Web-enabled GIS solution. We've incorporated this criteria into the system design of ArcIMS to ensure that this solution will be the world's leading-edge Intranet/Internet-based GIS technology."

Enterprise Scalability

One of the major new features of ArcIMS is enterprise scalability. ArcIMS is a completely scalable solution that is specifically designed to grow with an organization, featuring an easy and flexible way to extend services by adding additional servers to the Web site configuration. To build this capability into the ArcIMS technology, an early version of ArcIMS, based on GISData Server, was used to power Esri's large-scale sites (e.g., ArcData Online, and many others).

ArcIMS has been designed to handle a large amount of hits to meet requests from the smallest Intranet to the industrial-scale enterprisewide system.

Sharing Georesources

Another benefit of the ArcIMS technology is that it is open and interoperable. ArcIMS has been used as part of the Web Mapping Test Bed (WMT) to demonstrate interoperability and support for the OpenGIS Consortium (OGC). One of the goals of the WMT mission was to make all participating technologies interoperable through the support of a universal map server API.

For the WMT demonstrations, Esri extended both the ArcIMS Java client and the ArcIMS server to support that API.

"Due to the extensible nature of the ArcIMS architecture," says Maguire, "this effort involved only a minimal amount of additional effort for ArcIMS to work successfully."

With more than 550 sites participating in the ArcIMS prerelease program, the most popular feature has been the easy-to-use ArcIMS Manager. This simple HTML-based browser steps users through Web site setup.

ArcIMS 3, which supports Windows NT and UNIX platforms, is nearing release. Esri users that have purchased ArcView Internet Map Server (IMS) or solutions after March 15, 1999, will receive a free upgrade offer for ArcIMS 3.

For more information, call Esri at 1-800-447-9778 or visit www.esri.com/arcims. To purchase ArcIMS, call Esri at 1-800-447-9778, call your Esri regional office, or contact your local reseller. Outside the United States, please contact your local Esri distributor.

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