We are very happy to announce a preview of AWS Marketplace Private Image Build for ArcGIS Enterprise in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud environment. During the preview phase, this is available for Windows-based deployments of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1.
AWS Marketplace Private Image Build lets customers acquire products through AWS Marketplace and install those products on an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) available in customers’ AWS accounts. Customers then use the Amazon Private Image Build Service to build and deliver a new AMI as a private image available only to their accounts. For many customers, this service better meets internal security, compliance, and management requirements and allows customers to deploy AWS products on a base operating system that meets organizations’ IT standards.
ArcGIS Enterprise has been available on AWS for many years using pre-built AMIs and deployment tooling from Esri. While these images are widely used by customers worldwide, some organizations have strict operating system or security requirements that require them to build their own AMIs from the ground up.
When organizations create their own AMI, they miss out on significant benefits of using Esri’s dedicated deployment tooling like CloudFormation templates and the Cloud Builder CLI because of the requirement to use Esri’s base image with these tools.
With AWS Marketplace Private Image Build, it is now possible to create images using customers’ own base images, subject to certain constraints, and still be able to use Esri’s AWS deployment tooling to deploy, install, and configure the software.
AWS Marketplace Private Image Build is still in beta, so the ability to use this feature with ArcGIS Enterprise is in a preview state. Private Image Build is currently available for ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1 (Windows). During the preview, Esri technical support will be available as normal for any questions or problems with the functionality. The installations that result from use of this deployment method are considered fully production worthy and will receive regular technical support as well.
Support for Linux images and later releases of ArcGIS Enterprise will be evaluated based on the feedback received from customers during the preview phase.