A) Hosting on own server
Advantage: If you already have the infrastructure and staff that takes care of your server, this solution can be maintained in-house and therefore have a bit lower running cost.
Disadvantage: You need a server (that costs money) and staff that ensures the server is running, updated and in good shape.
Publishing with image server
IIPImage is a lightweight client-server system for fast and efficient online viewing and zooming of ultra high-resolution images. It is available for free, under an open source license (GNU GPL). We recommend installing the software on a Linux (or other UNIX) server. There is a prepared and easy-to-install binary package for Windows servers.
The format of the files is JPEG2000 and it has been implemented using the Kakadu library redistributable for non-commercial use. Commercial licenses are available as well. If your files are saved in a different format (TIFF, PNG, JPEG, etc.), as a part of the installer there is a utility created by Klokan Technologies that converts your files into JPEG200. Images are accessed via IIIF protocol.
Publishing with pre-rendered .jpg tiles
Any standard web hosting (PHP/MySQL) site, where you can host simple HTML files and images, can also host the zoomable maps without any extra configuration. A step-by-step tutorial for the setup is available at OldMapsOnline page.
B) Commercial hosting services
Advantages: comfortable, outsourced, guaranteed service with no need for own infrastructure or staff. Always up-to date. For clients without their own infrastructure this solution is more cost-effective.
Disadvantages: For clients with their own infrastructure there are higher costs for hosting.
IIIF hosting from Klokan Technologies is a service for stable hosting with support of IIIF protocol, which is a proven solution for the hosting of large imagery daily. It’s used by many of our customers. The prices start at 69 USD for 30GB/month. The images are loaded via FTP, or you can just send us the hard drive and we load them for you. Please contact us for the pricing details.