PROGNOST®‑Predictor Version 8 has added several important functions, some that are visible and some that are not. Many of the software components used were upgraded to their latest versions. Although you won’t see this improvement, you can be assured that the product is being kept up to date with the latest Microsoft and other vendor technologies. This was done to make use of some new features and to maintain future support. If the components are too old they go out of support.
One of the background improvements is the storage of dynamic data to HDF5 file system. This is a light weight, optimized storage technology. This enhancement provides faster data access and also allows the implementation. For a more robust data decimation and backup solution. The configuration is still stored in a SQL database, but the dynamic data is stored in the HDF5 file system.
For future systems, this storage system allows us to deliver the server using Windows 10 instead of the full server environment which simplifies the IT administration.
Safe and easy access in spite of different LAN levels
PROGNOST®-Predictor communication and monitoring units often reside on customer production LANs making it inaccessible from employee’s computers on the customer’s business LANs. IT security rules forbid the business LAN from directly accessing resources on the production LAN. This makes it inconvenient for the PROGNOST®-Predictor users to review the data because they must either go to a client computer in a control room that is on the production LAN or use special Terminal Server solutions.
Within version 8 of PROGNOST®-Predictor we provide a new way for those users. We implemented the mirroring feature which enables the system to mirror the data from the production server to a second server which is accesible in the business LAN. The benefit of this is, that users can access the mirrored server on the business LAN directly from their computers. The benefits for this mirroring are:
- Solve IT access restrictions by use of data mirroring
- PROGNOST®-Predictor data is available on a IT layer that is not critical anymore (above layer L0, L1, L2)
- The data from the production LAN is transferred unidirectionally to the business LAN.
- Built-in data back-up solution. The user interface is data read-only – users cannot mess up the configuration, change settings or thresholds
- Remote access to the safe business LAN enabling our specialists to share their full knowledge
- Get your information where you need it
- Transmit your data safely
New hotkeys have been added to the client software to provide an alternate mechanism to invoke some common functions. New hotkeys have been added to the client software to provide an alternate mechanism to invoke some common functions. Available hotkeys are listed in the user manual.
Email notification via customer SMTP server on definable events such as warnings and alerts is a valuable function for each system. They are required if trends go into alarm or for important trends on high concern. In addition to that a single component status can be tracked by sending an update email of this data in a defined frequency.
The advantage for the customer is, that there is no direct internet access is required for the PROGNOST®-Predictor server to send emails via the customer SMTP server.