NorthWest Natural Water moves ArcGIS to Microsoft Azure Cloud

Project Overview

Use Cases and Goals

NorthWest Natural Water, through their subsidiary Sunriver Utilities, sought GCS’ assistance with a “lift and shift” ArcGIS cloud migration to Microsoft Azure. At the time of initial contact, Sunriver Utilities had one on-premise GIS server that hosted all their ArcGIS Enterprise components, one GIS staff member in charge of all GIS production, publishing, and database management, and fourteen field staff members interacting with and making edits to data every day. NWNW’s goal was to expand their Enterprise GIS to include all companies under the NorthWest Natural Water umbrella, with the result being each company having its own Enterprise database.


GCS Cloud Architects develop an organization’s ArcGIS cloud computing strategies. These strategies incorporate cloud adoption plans, cloud application design as well as cloud management and monitoring. Additional capabilities include designing for modern cloud application architectures such as cloud-native and serverless architectures.

GCS executes cloud migrations using industry-defined methodologies and best practices. GCS cloud migrations deliver a set of activities, best practices, and documentation to achieve our customer’s specific desired outcomes.


NorthWest Natural Water selected GCS to assist with the migration of its on-premise ArcGIS Enterprise system to an Azure cloud environment in 2021. When migration was complete, each company under the NWNW umbrella had its own Enterprise database, supplying them with GIS data used to drive daily operations, planning, and decision making. Each company had its Enterprise Site as well as tailored applications for essential tasks such as valve exercising, hydrant inspections, backflow testing, sewer flushing, etc.


GCS made it easy for our organization to migrate its on premise ArcGIS Enterprise system to an Azure cloud environment.

GCS’s team of highly skilled professionals carefully architected our ArcGIS Enterprise cloud environment to meet the needs of our rapidly expanding business and GIS. Their technical knowledge continue reading…

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