TOP Server Features to Be Excited About - IT & Infrastructure Suite

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jan 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM

With TOP Server, one of the key strengths is the wide variety of different drivers/protocols to choose from for communicating with the multitude of device makes and models out there in the automation world.  There are, of course, all of the major manufacturers such as Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Omron, Mitsubishi and so many more organized into driver suites.

But what about specific industries such as Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Power & Utilities, Building Automation or IT & Infrastructure?  TOP Server has vertical industry suites, as well.

Continuing our series about specific industries covered by TOP Server, keep reading to find out specific details about the TOP Server IT & Infrastructure Suite including several great features that should make your lives easier in TOP Server V6.0.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

OmniServer V3.0 - Improved User Interface

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jan 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You may have heard about the latest OmniServer released in October – OmniServer V3.0.  OmniServer V3.0 includes enhancements to licensing and support management, as well as, several usability enhancements to the configuration interface including a new topic wizard and updated Configuration User Interface.

The first in a series about specific V3.0 features - this blog post will detail one of those usability enhancements - the updated Configuration UI - designed to increase your efficiency and the ease of finding settings and components when you're working with OmniServer to integrate your non-standard process devices.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

TOP Server V6.0 Features to Be Excited About for Oil & Gas

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jan 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

I'm sure you've likely at least heard about the latest TOP Server V6.0 released recently.  Aside from the great server-level enhancements to the user interface and more, there are several nice upgrades that should prove especially useful to our users in the Oil & Gas industry working with TOP Server.

Keep reading to find out more specific details about several great features that should make your lives easier in TOP Server V6.0.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

OPC Connectivity & Security Concerns in IT/OT Convergence

Posted by John Weber on Dec 20, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Complications of Domains, Workgroups, & Mixed Windows Versions & Solutions

In the Operations Technology or OT world that most of our users live in, it’s normal to have multiple versions of Windows and systems that may not always be setup consistently but we have to make it all work anyway.   Connecting OPC clients and servers when the Windows computers are not on the same version, not in an Active Directory or, using older terminology, a domain, and having everything work well takes skill, and keeping it secure involves a lot of details.

In this blog post, our team asked me to explore with you the details involved to assist you with better understanding Windows Security and to converse more productively with your IT Team.  I’ll also share how you can learn more about how to make things easier on yourself through the use of OPC UA or with Tunneling.

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Topics: Device Integration, OPC Tunnel, DCOM, Tunneling, Security, IT/OT

Does Your OPC Tunneler Give You Control Over Bandwidth?

Posted by Win Worrall on Dec 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

It's common with OPC for users to not realize that it is the OPC client that typically defines how quickly the OPC server should poll or send requests to the underlying control devices and equipment the server is communicating with.

This blog post will discuss how important it is for an OPC tunneling solution to have some level of control over this frequency of polling in order to maximize efficient usage of your precious bandwidth.

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Topics: Device Integration, Tunneling, OPC

TOP Server V6.0 - Secure Out-of-the-Box

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Dec 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM

There are some very exciting new features now available with TOP Server V6.0.  In case you missed it, I did a high-level post giving you an overview of the five biggest features from the V6.0 release - click here to see that post.

Today, I'd like to give you an in-depth look at some of the important updates regarding security included with TOP Server V6.  With ever growing security concerns across industries, ensuring that TOP Server V6 was providing the highest security capabilities as standard functionality was an important goal.  Keep reading to find out how TOP Server V6 has become secure out-of-the-box.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

TOP Server V6.0 - What's a Config API?

Posted by John Weber on Dec 1, 2016 2:00:00 PM

If you’ve seen any of our other posts on TOP Server V6 and its new capabilities, you may have seen us mention the Configuration API.  Unless you’re a developer, you may have been wondering what is that and why would I care?  We’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many of our users have had an interest in this new feature.

Today in this post, I will explore in more detail what an API is, what the configuration API does, how it works at a high level, and provide examples of the type of applications people are using it for.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

TOP Server V6.0 - New Localized Language Support

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Nov 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

I'm sure you've heard about the latest TOP Server released on November 15.  There are some very exciting new features now available with TOP Server V6.0.  In case you missed it, I did another high-level post giving you an overview of the five biggest features from the V6.0 release - click here to see that post.

Today, I'd like to give you an in-depth look at the brand new support for localized languages now included with TOP Server V6.  This support lays the groundwork for additional languages in the future, so if you've always wished TOP Server was available in languages other than English, keep reading to find out how extensive the language implementations are.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

TOP Server V6.0 - New, Improved Licensing In-Depth

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Nov 18, 2016 1:18:35 PM

I'm sure you've probably heard about the latest and greatest TOP Server just released on November 15.  And there's a good chance you've received one or more of my mailings announcing the release of TOP Server V6.0, the new features and other changes.  And, in case you missed it, I did another high-level post giving you an overview of the five biggest features from the V6.0 release - click here to see that post.

Now, let's take a more in-depth look at the substantial improvements made to the licensing for TOP Server V6.0.  If you've ever said you wished it was easier to license TOP Server, you're going to love this.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

TOP Server V6.0 - The New User Interface In-Depth

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Nov 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I'm sure that, by now, you've at least heard about the latest and greatest TOP Server just released on November 15 – TOP Server V6.0.  In case you missed it, I did another high-level post giving you an overview of the five biggest features from the release - click here to see that post.

Now, let's take an in-depth look at the enhancements made to the user interface itself.  New users will find the enhancements very user-friendly and existing users will appreciate the thought that's gone into increasing productivity without sacrificing existing knowledge about configuring TOP Server.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

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