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I'm sure this is probably a common problem and many have already found the right answer.

I have a large mosaic raster file (a city's ortophoto) in .ecw fromat and we want to use it as a basemap in a web application. Due to its size (2GB) rendering is very slow, therefore increasing performance is vital.

1) My first option was importing the raster in our ArcSDE geodatabase (on postgreSQL)-> build pyramids-> then publishing it as a map service with a 5 scale cache on our ArcGIS Server. Failed for unknown reasons (so far).

2) The second option would be importing the raster in the ArcSDE GDB then->create pyramids-> publish it as an image service to ArcGIS Server.

3) Third option would be to keep the raster in the folder-->copy the raster to the server --> publish it as an image service.

4) Fourth option would be to save the raster as a layer file-> then publish it in a map service.

Which of these four options would be the best when talking about rendering speed?

Thank you in advance

I use ArcGIS 10.1 + POstgreSQL DB + ArcGIS Server Enteprise 10.1

Update: as brenth was saying you cannot publish an .ecw. I do have all the tiff files that created the .ecw mosaic, so I will try to create a mosaic from them and then publish using the fourth method. Does it sound ok?

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    #4 is best and least work but costs money because Intergraph requires a license to use ECW's in Map Services. – brenth Nov 13 '13 at 15:49
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I would go (4). In the web map service publication window, it is possible to specify a tiling scheme and trigger automatically the tiles pyramid after the service publication.

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  • hey. first of all thanks for the very quick reply.tried 4. i added the layer in arcmap-> share as service-> service editor-> created my own tile scheme (with 4 scales)-> publish--> ERRor 001369: Failed to create the service. Packaging succeded, but publishing failed – Ligia Nov 13 '13 at 14:46
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    # 4 is how we do it as well. Put it in a layer, make a service and cache. It works really well, BUT - the caveat is you have to go to Intergraph and buy a license to use the ECW's in ArcGIS Server. It's about $1000 per 4 cores - but you can talk to their salesmen and get a deal perhaps. – brenth Nov 13 '13 at 15:45
  • brenth you are totally right: "This format can be used in ArcGIS for Desktop, but when publishing, you require the ECW for ArcGIS for Server extension from ERDAS". So this is probably why I couldn't pushlish it. I also have the tif files that created the .ecw. I will create a mosaic from them , and then try to publish it. – Ligia Nov 13 '13 at 15:53
  • since the .ecw format is no longer an option. what would be the best format and the best compression in your opinion? So far I've created a .tif mosaic. – Ligia Nov 18 '13 at 15:12
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    So far I use tif format with LZW compression and I am happy with that! – julien Nov 18 '13 at 17:12
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Standalone Map Tiler 'MapCruncher' from Microsoft (originally for Bing Maps)

This will cut up any image for use for in any web mapping using raster tiling..

Have you ever looked at satellite photos of a building in Virtual Earth -- and wished you could zoom right in and see its floorplan? Have you ever used VE to plan a trip across town -- and wanted to seamlessly switch from its road maps to maps of bicycle trails, bus routes, or carpool lanes? Have you ever wanted to create and publish your own map mashups -- and wished you had a tool to make it easy to integrate a map you care about into Virtual Earth? With MapCruncher, you can!

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/mapcruncher/

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