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What’s new in ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1 on Kubernetes

ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1 on Kubernetes has released! This follows the recent release of ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1 on Windows and Linux. ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes is available to all Esri customers through an annual subscription license. It runs in your environment and takes advantage of cloud-native software to deliver built-in high availability and scalability, while making things easier for administrators.

Beneath the surface, ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes has a completely new architecture and can transform your geographic information system. However, users will retain the same familiar experience as they deliver maps and apps, perform analysis, and collaborate. Learn more in our documentation: Introduction and What’s new in this release. If you are wondering whether the software can address challenges you are facing, read Determine whether Kubernetes is right for you and talk with your Esri representative.

What’s new? A few highlights

ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1 on Kubernetes shares improvements and features with the software on Windows and Linux. You can find more details here. Below are a few examples of what’s new, specifically within the software on Kubernetes.

New! Containerized image services

We’re excited about the new ArcGIS Image Services on Kubernetes, released with 11.1, which you can license through an additional annual subscription. Now you can manage, process, and serve collections of imagery as image services directly within your existing deployment on Kubernetes. This gives you unparalleled control to tune, monitor, and scale your imagery processing workloads. Talk with your Esri representative if you are interested in ArcGIS Image Services on Kubernetes.

A picture of a landslide related to the Kumamoto 2016 earthquake
Your imagery services can scale easily and quickly on Kubernetes.

As before, you still have the option to federate a standalone ArcGIS Image Server with ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes.

Enhancements to ArcGIS Enterprise Manager

ArcGIS Enterprise Manager is unique to the Kubernetes deployment option and has been improved in the 11.1 release. It gives you a central, simple view of the software and provides the user interface to scale services, configure security and backups, perform upgrades and updates, and more.

The ArcGIS Enterprise Manager user interface
ArcGIS Enterprise Manager helps you monitor and tune your deployment.

Improved Deployment and Upgrades

Customers tell us they are amazed at the administration experience with speedy upgrades and deployments, and we continue to make improvements. For example, we’ve added early failure detection to help the software recognize and respond quickly to underlying infrastructure disruptions. We’ve added more preventative measures to ensure success of an upgrade or to help the system recover quickly if something went wrong. The Helm Chart deployment package now integrates upgrades as well. We started including Helm support alongside our software starting at the 11.0 release.

Issues addressed

As always, each release also includes fixes. See the Release notes for further details. We have also continued to improve other areas of the software, such as the performance of map services at very large scale and internal error detection, logging, and recovery.

How can I upgrade to the 11.1 release on Kubernetes?

Before performing the upgrade, review the instructions at Upgrade and update requirements. If you are already running ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 on Kubernetes, follow the steps in the upgrade process below. If you are deploying to an environment disconnected from the internet, first complete the prerequisite steps for a disconnected environment. If you experience issues or have questions, contact Esri Technical Support.

Upgrade process

  1. Review Upgrade and update requirements to ensure your environment is ready to upgrade.
  2. Take a backup, ensuring the retention period is disabled. After the upgrade is complete, the backup can be manually deleted.
  3. If you haven’t already, apply the ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 on Kubernetes Q2 2023 Required Update from ArcGIS Enterprise Manager.
  4. From My Esri, download the license file for the 11.1 release on Kubernetes.
  5. From My Esri, download the package containing the pre-upgrade script and run the script to prepare your Kubernetes cluster.
  6. From ArcGIS Enterprise Manager, apply the 11.1 upgrade. As part of the upgrade process, you will be asked for the 11.1 license file.

Upgrade in a disconnected environment

  1. Review Upgrade or update in a disconnected environment.
  2. Refer to the Release Notes to identify the image tags for the 11.0 updates and 11.1 release. These images will be needed for the upgrade process.
  3. Run the script to download and upload the latest manifest from Esri into your organization.
  4. Run the script to retrieve images from the Esri private repository, related to the tags identified in Step #2.
  5. Run the script to import images to your own container registry, related to the tags identified in Step #2.
  6. Follow the Upgrade process steps mentioned above.

Capabilities available

Below is a summary of what is supported with ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1 on Kubernetes. It’s not a comprehensive list but represents commonly used functionality. Review the product documentation such as supported maps and GIS apps and the system requirements, for further details.

Supported Kubernetes environments

Not supported at 11.1 on Kubernetes:

We continue to evaluate our customers’ needs and expand supported environments. For example, we will conduct an invitation-only beta test program for running our software on Rancher. Please see your Esri representative if you are interested in participating.

Deployment and upgrades



Data management

Creating and sharing content

Server federation capabilities

Not supported at 11.1 on Kubernetes:

Applications and extensions

Not supported at 11.1 on Kubernetes:

*ArcGIS Parcel Fabric and ArcGIS Utility Network functionality is available, through an ArcGIS Server hosted on Windows or Linux. This server can be federated to an ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes deployment.

Come talk to us!

As you can see, Esri continues to invest heavily in ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes. Customers tell us they love the deployment and upgrade experience, the ability to tune and scale services, and the built-in high availability. The Esri Partner Network is also responding! Our partners are pursuing our brand-new Kubernetes Specialty to give you confidence in their management and consulting services on Kubernetes.

If you think Kubernetes might be right for you and you want to explore it further, please talk with your Esri representative. We would love to hear from you!

About the author

Trevor Seaton is a Senior Principal Product Manager focusing on ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes. His work emphasizes the delivery of cloud-native GIS software that excels in scalability, performance, and reliability. Trevor has led strategic initiatives in the sectors of software, aerospace, and philanthropy prior to joining Esri in 2019. He holds an MBA from the University of Washington and is pursuing a PhD in information systems at Claremont Graduate University. You can reach Trevor at


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