What's included with ArcGIS Server

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ArcGIS Server 9.3 includes the following as parts of a server-based GIS:

ArcGIS Server extensions

The ArcGIS Server optional extensions allow you to add capabilities to your system and create applications leveraging advanced features. For the most recent list of extensions see http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisserver/extensions.html The extensions include the following:

ArcGIS Online services

ArcGIS Online services are a series of 2D and 3D maps that you can use to support your GIS work. These ready-to-use services can be accessed from Web Mapping Applications that you create with ArcGIS Server, as well as other ArcGIS applications.

ArcGIS Online services are always available on the Web so that users with Internet access can use these services at any time. You can use the ArcGIS Online maps as your basemap framework for deploying GIS applications to your users both inside and outside your organization.

Visit ArcGIS Online to learn more about accessing the services and what is available.

The ArcGIS family of products

ArcGIS Server is just one of an integrated family of GIS software products for building a complete GIS. These include ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Mobile, and ArcIMS. To learn more about these products and their relationship to each other, please visit the ESRI Resource Centers.

Like ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Server is built on ArcObjects, a common library of shared GIS software components. ArcObjects components are software objects that have multiple developer APIs. These include Component Object Model (COM), .NET, Java, and C++. Developers can use these APIs to build applications that make use of ArcObjects functionality. ArcObjects is at the core of all the ArcGIS products, with ArcGIS Server providing the framework for running ArcObjects in a server environment.