Many GIS experts can agree that cloud based mapping is the future of GIS. The expanding GIS market already offers great solutions for those who want to improve collaboration possibilities with the help of the cloud. When we talk about cloud based GIS, there are a few things of the utmost importance, and they are all related with the process of handling data.

This is why we decided to test GIS Cloud and compare its performance in terms of map engine speed and data loading process with similar solutions on the market. We spent some time testing various solutions and we confirmed that GIS Cloud came on top regarding performance and ease of use.

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City of Fort Collins Map powered by GIS Cloud

Here you can see embedded map of City of Fort Collins, showing 3 layers we uploaded during the test with default settings kept. You can try it out and see how fast or slow its map engine is and how it renders the data in real time.

From data to an online map in less than a minute!

Here you can watch a video of the whole process of adding the data and creating a map to get the best grasp of map engine’s speed and efficiency.

We made a video demonstrating the process of uploading real data to GIS Cloud; to asses the time needed for upload, to see how the data is shown on a map and to evaluate how fast the engine renders the data.

Testing Process

The testing process consisted of creating a map (we used satellite basemap), naming the map, uploading the data and testing how this data is shown on a map once uploaded. Maps were created using the Trial version of each service. Default settings of each service were kept during the test.

Real open data of the City of Fort Collins, Colorado was used. If you want to test GIS Cloud, or any other cloud GIS provider on the market yourself, you can download the data here. Three layers were used to test thoroughly the capabilities and speed of the map engine:

  • Point layer - Addresses, format: Shapefile, number of features: 86,132  (download here)
  • Line layer - Streets, format: Shapefile, number of features: 10,570  (download here)
  • Polygon layer - Parcels, format: Shapefile, number of features: 69,655  (download here)
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  • That is 166,357 features in total.

 

Network speed was approximately 80 Mbs for download and 10 Mbs for upload.

GIS Cloud Test Results

With GIS Cloud, you can upload the data and create a map showing this data in just 4 clicks!
That puts GIS Cloud solution on the very top for its speed and ease of use.

Here are the 4 steps we used to publish a Fort Collins map on the cloud:

  1. Create a map by clicking on a button.
  2. Name your map in popup window where you can also choose a basemap. For testing purposes we used a satellite basemap.
  3. Simply drag & drop your data into the map and the upload will start immediately. Note that your data can be in a zip archive and you can add multiple layers at once. Three layers of data were in a zip form and we were able to drop all three separate layers at once into the map.
  4. After 31 seconds the data was uploaded and shown on a map at the optimal zoom! We could zoom in or out using mouse scroll button and the rendering worked really fast.

Easy, right?

Conclusion

Out of all tested cloud GIS services, in terms of data upload, rendering and number of steps needed for setting up the project, GIS Cloud demonstrated the best overall performance. Competitive solutions are from a few minutes to half an hour slower in completing the task than GIS Cloud.

We bring you the key differences found during testing GIS Cloud with other solutions using three layers of Fort Collins data:

  • Performance: Fastest map rendering provides you instant and responsive access to the complete dataset on any zoom level. Some other solutions had bad and slow performance and sometime didn’t render some map areas at all.
  • Ease of use: With GIS Cloud you just need to drag and drop your data, which makes it instantly available in a single map, even if you upload multiple layers at once. Other solutions require you to go through a series of steps before you can see all your data on a single map, like manually browsing for files.
  • User experience: GIS Cloud is intuitive and took only 4 steps to prepare a map, while other solutions required 10 - 20 steps before you could have all layers on a map ready.

Challenge

We invite you to test existing cloud GIS service providers to find out which solution is the fastest in the terms of data upload, creating a project using uploaded dataset, and rendering speed.

Use hashtag #No1MapEngine on social media and upload your own comparison videos with dataset we used in the testing process (download here).

The best comparison video will be awarded with the lifetime premium license of GIS Cloud Map Editor.

Disclaimer

This comparison project is a product of GIS Cloud. All the information published on this site is published in good faith and for general information purposes. Any person interested in map engine performance result is free to repeat the testing process and to test other solutions, results of which are prone to change depending on software updates. For more information, questions and comments, you can use the contact form in the right sidebar.

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