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What is ArcGIS Image Server?

ArcGIS Image Server provides serving, processing, analysis, and extracting value from massive collections of imagery, rasters, and remotely sensed data. The two capabilities ArcGIS Image Server provides are described below.

Dynamic image services

With ArcGIS Image Server, large collections of imagery from satellites, aerial sensors, and drone sensors as well as raster datasets such as orthophotos, elevation models, lidar, scientific data, and categorical rasters can be served as dynamic image services with on-the-fly processing and dynamic mosaicking.

These image services are based on mosaic datasets that are used to manage overlapping, temporal, multiresolution imagery from multiple sources, formats, and projections with the resulting imagery being easily accessible to a wide range of desktop, web, and mobile apps. The apps can access predefined products or interact with the services to refine the rendering and processing to be returned. Using dynamic image services, the full information content of the imagery becomes accessible without the requirement for pre-processing.

See Key concepts for image services for more information.

Raster analysis

Raster analysis is a capability provided by ArcGIS Image Serverfor extracting value from imagery by enabling massive distributed processing and analysis of imagery and rasters. Client applications can author raster processing models that define the analysis to be performed based on an extensive list of functions with inputs from a wide range of raster and vector sources. The raster processing models are submitted to the image server to run in parallel on multiple machines and to be completed in a short time. The results of image processing or raster analysis are persisted as image and feature layers registered in the portal.

See Configure the portal to perform raster analysis for more information.