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The other problem is that if I???ve got to spend that kind of money, I???m going to be developing larger internal applications than I would externally. You can???t do a simple internal mashup if you have to pay large enterprise licensing costs. I was told by one potential client who wanted a Virtual Earth application that ???For that price we might as well buy another ArcGIS Server license???. For someone to say that it is cheaper to roll out ArcGIS Server for a simple mashup really puts it all into perspective and if you are going to develop with ArcGIS Server, you???ll probably have a larger application than a ???simple??? Virtual Earth map.
So I???m pleading with Microsoft and Google to revisit their map API licensing and move toward more of an Amazon AWS type service that will help get their mapping tools into more places than today. Everyone wants a Google or Microsoft map on their intranet website, but the current licensing is killing projects before they can start.
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