Tiles on a Cloud: Cloud Computing and ArcGIS Server Deliver a Thrifty Solution

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Executive Summary

The introduction of the map cache in the latest version of ArcGIS Server greatly enhances the delivery of cartographic imagery. Maps are initially processed and cut into smaller tiles. Map caching increases the speed of GIS applications because it eliminates the need to request data from the database, process it, and then send it to the browser on demand. In response to a request, preprocessed tiles fall seamlessly into place and users enjoy a pleasant Internet mapping experience. The strategy of using cached map layers that aren't frequently updated as base layers and dynamic map services for operational layers provides users with a much more responsive Web map.

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