[postgis-users] PostgreSQL/PostGIS and ArcGIS Server 9.3

Obe, Regina robe.dnd at cityofboston.gov
Fri May 23 11:18:52 PDT 2008

> Yes, using SDE effectively castrates the spatial database. It still
> walks and talks, but it's a shell of the man it was before.

>> Ah, but a much cheaper shell than previously available to SDE users
>> (with at least 87%(?) of the performance as I vaguely recall from some
>> semi-relevant benchmark study)!

It depends which shell you are talking about.  If you compare with Oracle then yes probably so.   Since well we know Oracle likes their  customers a lot.

But honestly if you are talking about SQL Server vs. PostgreSQL, I think the savings you get

from running PostgreSQL would be dwarfed by the cost of SDE.

From what I recall we paying for SQL Server 2005 - Standard for Dual processor (they don't charge for cores and all that nonsense) -- $10,000   (I think Enterprise is about $20,000 per processor well that I'm not sure but I recall about half or more of what Oracle charges) and the cost if you wanted to get SDE ontop of that as I recall checking way back was $20,000 for SDE for 2 processors alone (so $30,000).  Granted my memory and comparison is a bit dated.

Now if they charge per Processor as I recall they used to (and god forbid cores) and you are thinking I can save a pretty penny running PostgreSQL (with tons of processors) - hmm think again.

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