I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced significant performance penalties when using the ArcGIS buffer function with the 'dissolve' option on point features. My dataset is a shapefile of 260 points, basically clustered into 9 groups so there is a significant amount of overlap. The buffer option executes in a second or so, while the dissolve option executes in 12 minutes, which seems pretty 1970's. I'd be in trouble with 10,000 points, right? ESRI knowledge base wasn't too much help, so any insight would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,