Blue Spatial is a multi-user enterprise geodatabase GIS Server that is compatible with ESRI tools, SDKs and APIs. Blue Spatial functions similarly to ArcSDE. This is possible because Blue Spatial outputs the same open protocol as ArcGIS Server / Enterprise. Blue Spatial supports Esri Map Services (read only) and Feature Services (used for editing data). Esri tile caches are also supported. Blue Spatial supports most of the features for Map Services and Feature Services. You can view the ArcGIS Server feature comparison to learn more. You can also output WMS 1.3.0, KML and GeoJSON.
Blue Spatial supports connecting to vector data stored in your Sql Server or Sql Azure databases. You can upload your data using various file formats including shape files and geodatabase files. Or you can connect to existing data in your database by creating a layer from a table. This table could be from existing business data and applications or imported from a tool like FME. Blue Spatial supports multiple database connections so that you can expose GIS data from different sources. Blue Spatial stores it’s metadata and settings in a database that you create on setup.
Blue Spatial can be deployed with Windows Server and Sql Server instances. Alternatively it can be deployed to Azure with Azure Web Apps and Sql Azure. Deploying to Azure Web Apps has several advantages including simple autoscaling and reduced maintenance since you do not manage OS details. Blue Spatial has three different versions. You can use Basic for free or purchase a license for Pro or Enterprise. See the feature comparison on our pricing page.