Please allow me to confirm the rumor....
ERDAS will soon announce a new product, ‘ECW for ArcGIS Server.’
ECW for ArcGIS Server will provide the licenses and tools needed to decode ECW data to an ArcGIS Server client via ArcGIS Server using WMS / WCS. ECW for ArcGIS Server will support the ECW opacity layer introduced in the ERDAS ECW/JP2 SDK 4.1 in 2010.
ECW for ArcGIS Server is built using ERDAS ECW/JP2 SDK 4.2 and is designed to assist the ArcGIS user community in using the most powerful geospatial image format available today. ECW for ArcGIS Server will offer Software Maintenance (SWM) and will have regular upgrades just as does other ERDAS products.
Where does ECW for ArcGIS Server fit into the ERDAS portfolio? Think of ECW for ArcGIS Server as an ArcGIS Server Extension. ECW for ArcGIS Server is not a replacement product, but a new product.
Keep an eye open for an ERDAS press release announcing ECW for ArcGIS Server soon. With the press release, ERDAS will launch a product web-page containing a product description, systems specifications, ArcGIS Server versions supported and more.
This product will only be available from ERDAS’ global sales network.