ArcSDE No Longer Needed in ArcGIS 10.1

Here’s a good link for Esri/ArcGIS for Server users and those who otherwise need to connect an ArcGIS-based application to a database. With ArcGIS version 10.1, much of the Spatial Database Engine (SDE) functionality has been included in the Engine, Desktop, and Server products. Esri has not yet said that it’s getting rid of SDE, but I consider it deprecated and recommend people move to using a direct connection as soon as practical.

This excellent link contains questions by Esri users and answers and explanations by Esri staff on whether/when you need to use SDE with ArcGIS 10.1.

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