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Are there any recent comparisons/studies of ArcGIS Server vs. open source GIS servers in common tasks like providing a WMS/WFS, filtering data/search performance, and so on?

We received a lot of critic about featuring this thesis on our blog as the thesis is outdated and a little bit picky on serving WFS only. Citation from reddit: "This is like comparing two cars based on cup holder design."

There is an older presentation given here but like written: It's from 2010

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    I cant answer your question, but I'm a little blown away by someone producing charts showing "speed", then making a note paragraphs further on saying the hardware wasn't identical for each test and test results might be different if the same hardware was used. – KHibma Jun 17 '14 at 14:50
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    Not to mention they were evaluating ArcGIS Server 10.0. Server has gone from 32 to 64bit plus countless other improvements at 10.1 and beyond. – KHibma Jun 17 '14 at 14:56
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    To each their own, I personally wouldn't use a source that left questions on the methodology. But it is what it is, an analysis done by a student a few years ago. Hopefully someone has more recent, and quantitative results to share with you. – KHibma Jun 17 '14 at 15:35
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    If you have ArcGIS in you own house I would recommend you to make your own test. Geoserver and Mapserver does not cost anything and by using shapefiles as input data the data access speed should be good and fair for all parties. Remember to create spatial indexes (qix/sbx). When rendering and filtering begins things get complicated because it is hard to know what is the bottleneck - slow database, missing indexes, stupid SLD styles which are all too heavy. Making good tests is not easy and poor result means all too often just that the tester did not knot how to do the right configuration. – user30184 Jun 17 '14 at 16:14
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    Interesting to see what will get you a masters in GIS these days... a colleague has just come out of a Masters in GIS here in Denver, and she doesn't know what SQL is!!! – DPSSpatial Jun 17 '14 at 16:53

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