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I am trying to develop a GIS web application. I am using ArcGIS for desktop as the database. I need to use existing ArcGIS Restful services but also need to publish some new services. I think that ArcGIS for server would be the best choice for me. But I cannot afford it. And I want to know:

  1. If there is a free lightweight version of ArcGIS for server?
  2. Does a open source alternative such as GeoServer have APIs to use ArcGIS Restful services?
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When you say "using ArcGIS for desktop as the database", do you mean you are wanting to create map services from a file geodatabase? –  PolyGeo May 16 '13 at 2:30
    
yes, that's what I mean. –  user1101148 May 16 '13 at 2:50
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The answer to what you are asking, is that there no other geoserver which has the exact REST API as ArcGIS Server. There are several license levels for ArcGIS Server, and the price differs accordingly.

Now coming to solving your actual problem. You say that "I need to use existing ArcGIS Restful services". I would ask why?

Other FOSS servers like Geoserver & MapServer, have their own API/protocol called the WMS which is used in web maps. It is an OGC standard, and many clients/libraries including Openlayers, Leaflet, and even ArcGIS Web APIs support it.

Depending on your requirements, you could serve out your data as a WMS/WFS service and consume it in a JavaScript Web App

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e.g. I'd like to use the Geocode/Geoprocessing restful service provided by ArcGIS –  user1101148 May 16 '13 at 3:28
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@user1101148 If your requirements are that you need to use ArcGIS Server, then tautologically you'll have to use ArcGIS Server –  Devdatta Tengshe May 16 '13 at 3:36
    
Have you considered WPS as alternative to GP services? –  PolyGeo May 16 '13 at 3:58
    
I suspect that an OGC GeoServices REST specification may have been more along the lines of what you are after but that looks to be getting a lot of resistance. –  PolyGeo May 16 '13 at 9:13
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