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QGIS Server seems to be fairly simple to setup and create services, however I'm wondering if there are any limitations with using it opposed to MapServer or GeoServer. My current server configurations is:

System - One GIS Server

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Environment - GIS, DB Server on same machine

Users - 50-100 internal users per day

Function - serving data via OpenLayers for data viewing and data extraction

Using QGIS Server are there any obvious limitations or shortcomings with the following:

  1. User manual/general help
  2. Creating WMS/WFS/WFS-T
  3. General Admin. tool/interface of the server for setting roles, security..etc
  4. Creating cached WMS tiles
  5. Serving out large PostGIS tables (million plus records per table)
  6. Updating services

Thank you

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Can you tell us more about your deployment scenario - environment, number of users, expected load, admin concept? Different tools obviously have different strengths and weaknesses - there is no single best (or even better) tool for all scenarios. –  BradHards Mar 29 '13 at 22:36
    
@BradHards, I updated my question per your comment. –  artwork21 Apr 1 '13 at 15:11
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I won't suggest the use of QGIS server in the production environment, since it has limited features.

The reasons are as follows:

  • It has support for only WMS and none for WFS or even WMST

  • Very limited documentation help.

  • No support for users or Groups.

  • No inbuilt caching options.

  • Slower performance than Geoserver (I don't have any stats or citation on this. I have just seen this in my personal testing)

I would suggest that you use a fully features GIS server like Geoserver in the production environment. You get things like a fully featured Admin Interface, WFS, Caching through GeoWeb Cache, several plugins, an OpenLayers Preview, and so on.

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Please note that there is WFS and WFST support in QGIS Server demo.3liz.com/wfst/wfs-transaction-polygon.html –  underdark Apr 1 '13 at 14:23
    
@underdark I was not aware of this patch. Has it been integrated in the trunk by default? –  Devdatta Tengshe Apr 1 '13 at 14:26
    
I think so: hub.qgis.org/issues/5094 but haven't tried it yet. –  underdark Apr 1 '13 at 15:10
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