ArcGIS Platform


Multiuser Geodatabase

Multiuser geodatabases leverage ArcSDE technology* implemented on a relational database management system (RDBMS) platform to

  • Provide organizations with a central, scalable data storage and management system.
  • Utilize additional functionality that is not available in single-user geodatabases.
  • Provide better data security (such as access permission control for individual datasets), backup, and recovery.
  • Maintain data integrity with features such as data backup and recovery, rollback, and failover.

There are three types of multiuser geodatabase: enterprise, workgroup, and desktop.

  Enterprise Workgroup Desktop
Application Scenario Large-scale enterprise application scenarios Small- to medium-sized departmental application scenarios Small teams or a single user who requires the functionality of a multiuser geodatabase
Data Storage Enterprise RDBMS Platform SQL Server Express SQL Server Express
Management Interface ArcCatalog
ArcSDE command line
ArcCatalog ArcCatalog
Storage Capacity Depends on the server 10 GB 10 GB
Licensing Availability ArcGIS for Server Enterprise ArcGIS for Server Workgroup ArcGIS Engine
ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced
ArcGIS for Desktop Standard
Supported OS Platform Any platform Windows Windows
Number of Concurrent Users Unlimited editors and readers 10 editors and readers 1 editor and 3 readers
Network Application Intranet and Internet Intranet and Internet Desktop and local network use
Differentiating Characteristics
  • Supports versioning
  • Supports multiuser editing
  • Supports spatial types
  • Enterprise IT integration
  • Supports versioning
  • Supports multiuser editing
  • Supports versioning

* Note: Prior to ArcGIS 9.2, ArcSDE was a stand-alone software product. At the ArcGIS 9.2 release, ArcSDE was integrated into both ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS for Server. ArcSDE technology manages spatial data in an RDBMS and enables it to be accessed by ArcGIS clients.

multiuser-geodatabase diagram

Multiuser Geodatabase