SCADA System Recommendations

VTScada 12.0

This is simply a guide. Actual SCADA software requirements will depend on your application architecture.

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VTScada PC Recommendations

For VTScada Licenses Installed On Windows® Operating Systems

 Small Systems
Less than 1K I/O

  • 32- or 64-bit Windows OS.
  • 2 GHz dual-core processor.
  • 40 GB free drive space.
  • 4 GB RAM.
  • 100 Mb Ethernet or higher.

Medium Systems
1K to 25K I/O

  • 64-bit Windows OS.
  • 3 GHz or more quad-core processor. Note: High clock speeds are more helpful than more cores.
  • Solid State Drive.
  • 1TB free space.
  • 16 GB RAM.
  • 1 Gb Ethernet or higher.

Large Systems
Over 25K I/O

  • Medium Systems spec (left) should be adequate for +100K systems.
  • Increase processor clock speed to 4 GHz or higher.
  • Scale to large systems by load sharing services across servers or using Master & Subordinate Apps.
  • If using blade servers, high clock speeds help, more cores don’t.
  • Use segmented networks.

Compatible Operating Systems by VTScada Version

Compatible Operating Systems by VTScada Version

Note: VTScada runs on Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise not IoT Core. Microsoft has ended support for XP®, Vista®, Windows 7®, Windows 8®, Server 2008®, and Server 2008 R2®.

Alarm
Notifications

  • Text-to-speech phone alerts require a voice modem or web-based messaging service like Twilio®.
  • See the VTScada Users Forum for help choosing modems.
  • Connection to an email server required for email alarm notifications.
  • Cell modem or email account required for text alarm notifications.
  • Sound card and speakers required for local alarm annunciation.

Virtualized
Servers

  • VTScada can run on virtual Servers.
  • Don’t clone virtual servers with VTScada installed. To learn more, search ‘virtual servers’ in VTScada Help.
  • Ensure host PCs have enough capacity for all VMs, e.g., CPU, RAM, drive space, ports, Ethernet bandwidth.
  • Twilio (left) offers a simple alternative to configuring voice modems in virtual server environments.

Other
Recommendations

  • If you need RS-232 ports to communicate with legacy devices, we recommend Ethernet to serial converters.
  • Keep VTScada & History data on separate drive from OS.
  • NetDDE is not available on Vista and higher (removed in XP Service Pack II).
  • VTScada uses IANA registered TCP/IP port 5780. Set up firewalls to route RPC traffic accordingly.
  • Configure RAID with standard or solid-state drives. SSDs provides better performance.

VTScada Thin Clients on Mobile Devices

For Thin Client Connections on Devices Without VTScada Installed

Thin Clients require a connection to a running VTScada application server with one or more VTScada Thin Clients enabled.

HTML5-Compliant Browsers

Access the VTScada Anywhere Client from mobile devices, PCs, and Macs by entering a URL into a browser.

  • Safari® (OS X, iOS) – Recommended
  • Chrome® (Windows®, iOS®, Android®) – Recommended
  • Opera® (Windows®, iOS®, Android®)
  • Firefox® (Windows®, iOS®, Android®)
  • BlackBerry Browser® (BlackBerry OS®)

Windows Desktop/Laptop Systems

Access the VTScada Internet Client from networked Windows PCs.

  • Launch by entering a web address into Internet Explorer on Windows 8 or newer.
    or…
  • Launch from a desktop using a small program downloaded once from your VTScada server via a browser.

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