The Revelation Universal Driver Heavy (UDH) may be the most important product used to protect your Revelation data. The UDH is client/server software designed to allow real time mirroring of your Revelation data. It is designed to handle intensive Revelation applications that need to scale up and have high availability. UDH permits real-time mirroring of Linear Hash data.
The Universal Driver Heavy can only be installed on servers running Windows 2000, Windows 2003 32-bit & 64-bit or Windows 2008 32-bit & 64-bit operating systems. The only supported workstations are Windows 7 Professional 32-bit & 64-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit & 64-bit, Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit & 64-bit, Windows Vista Business 32-bit & 64-bit, and Windows XP Professional. This software can only be used with OpenInsight 4.1.x and greater, or Advanced Revelation 3.12. Both installs of OpenInsight will need to either be development installs, or runtime installs with access to the Database Manager module built to attach tables.
The minimum hardware requirements are:
Processor(s) P4 2.8Mhz
Hard Drive(s) 7200 RPM
Please Read the Universal Driver Heavy FAQ below:
Universal Driver Heavy FAQ
What is the Universal Driver Heavy?
The UDH is client/server software designed to allow real time mirroring of your Revelation data. It is designed to handle intensive Revelation applications that need to scale up and have high availability. UDH permits real-time mirroring of Linear Hash data.
What hardware requirements are there?
Two Servers, Pentium 4, 1GB RAM minimum
OS needs to be 2000, 2003 or 2008 Server
Directory structure for the Revelation apps need to be identical on both servers (cannot be on the J: share on one and the G: share on another - both need to be on G: or J:)
A copy of OI 4.1.x or Arev 3.12 with multiple users
Both machines should reside on the same switch, and have a minimum of 100 Mbps connection.
Has it been tested on 64-bit platforms?
The UDH 4.7 has been tested and approved to be installed on Windows 64-bit server platforms.
Is the secondary backup maintained continuously (every time a record is written), or does the backup to the secondary server only occur on a timed basis(once per hour or day), or is it manually initiated?
You can do all three of these things.
Could switching to the backup server occur automatically and seamlessly when an interruption occurs on the primary server, or would the switchover have to be manually imitated? Could the UDH automatically switch between servers on a timed basis to periodically test the readiness of the backup server and detect switching problems?
At this time, the switchover cannot be done automatically. There are one or two small changes that need to be made to the mirrored copy of OI before it can go live. So, no, it cannot automatically switch between servers on a timed basis.
Is the backup server (database) an exact duplicate of the primary? If switching is necessary, are there any data or file compatibility issues between the databases?
It is almost an exact duplicate. Because the mirror copy of OI is not running, there are one or two steps mentioned above that need to be performed. They include copying over .DBTs - more common in a development environment, as well as confirming the tables are attached - which will update the index definitions. Aside from that, there should be no data or file compatibility issues.
User Locks: Can User Locks be freed-up without affecting anything else on the system? Eliminate resetting the server? Could User Lock management be set up to automatically log out an RDS that was open for >an extended period of time (>20 min.)?
Locks can be freed up without affecting anything else on the system - this is done with an included LH Server Manager Console. It will eliminate resetting the server. As is, the User Lock management does not have the capability to automatically log out a lock that has been open for an extended period. You may be able to do this within the Console, as it is a limited development copy of OI.
Will the UDH impact indexer cycle time or in some other way impact the access speed of the system?
It should not impact indexer cycle time. In one of our tests, while in development mode and running on a TS server, there was some occasional delay in the application. The Mirror server was two switches and over forty meters of patch cable away. We have not seen this delay on other tests, and have not heard any reports of speed being affected from our beta testers.
Any integration issues to existing copies of OI?
You will need to run the client installation. You may need to allow access to the Database Manager module from your runtime to allow the mirror to attached the tables as mentioned above.
Is the UDH compatible with our current version of OpenInsight? What about when we perform OpenInsight upgrades in the future?
The UDH is compatible with OI 4.1.x and above. It will handle upgrades in the future as well.
What impact is there to install the UDH software? System downtime? Support available?
Should be minimal impact to install. It should not entail system downtime - though anticipate making OI inaccessible to your users while configuring. Support is included in the price.
What is the purchase price of the software? Is this a one-time fee?
Price of the software is $15,000. There is a 20% annual fee, which includes all upgrades and support.
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