ArcGIS products and deployment options

ArcGIS capabilities are delivered in large part through four foundational products. These products in turn enable flexible deployment options, including software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software.

  • ArcGIS Online delivers GIS software as a service (SaaS), bringing mapping and spatial analysis to any device with an internet connection. Its world-class infrastructure allows an organization’s maps to scale, enabling thousands of people to concurrently interact with them. Accessible at, Esri manages software updates and maintenance for you, delivering a resilient, scalable, and secure solution to a worldwide audience. Learn more about ArcGIS Online.
  • ArcGIS Platform delivers GIS platform capabilities as a service (PaaS), bringing the power of maps and location services to your applications. ArcGIS Platform is designed for software developers, businesses, and organizations that need to bring location innovation into their products, solutions, and systems. Build with the mapping libraries of your choice or use Esri’s full range of mapping SDKs, low-code, and no-code options that reduce time to market and promote creative design. Learn more about ArcGIS Platform.
  • ArcGIS Enterprise delivers GIS as server software that runs on the cloud or your on-premises infrastructure. It’s secure, reliable, enterprise-ready, and completely customizable, designed to align with your IT standards and integrate with other enterprise systems in your IT landscape. ArcGIS Enterprise can be deployed on Windows and Linux, with deployment tooling available for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure cloud environments, and support for any cloud provider that offers a supported operating system. ArcGIS Enterprise can also be deployed on Kubernetes, with support for Red Hat OpenShift, Rancher Kubernetes Engine (RKE and RKE2), as well as managed Kubernetes services on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Learn more about ArcGIS Enterprise.
  • ArcGIS Pro delivers GIS as desktop software. Featuring a robust set of capabilities, ArcGIS Pro allows you to visualize and analyze data, design modern cartography and share projects with your team or anyone around the world. ArcGIS Pro is supported on Microsoft Windows operating systems and can be virtualized through a variety of supported on-premises and cloud environments. Learn more about ArcGIS Pro.

In addition to the deployment options discussed above, Esri also provides a managed cloud services offering. Esri Managed Cloud Services leverages the advanced system capabilities of ArcGIS, drawing on all of the foundational products described above, to design, deploy, and manage GIS in the cloud for your organization. Learn more about Esri Managed Cloud Services.

ArcGIS supports flexible deployment options, enabling you to deploy and manage ArcGIS in a way that aligns best with your organization’s IT environment. When considering different deployment options please take into consideration the capabilities supported by foundational products that support them, as there are differences in the functional and non-functional capabilities delivered by the products described above. For more information and guidance on selecting a deployment pattern, please explore the ArcGIS system patterns and the choosing ArcGIS architecture components topic of the ArcGIS Well-Architected Framework.

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