Wonderware Historian
Technical Specifications

The Wonderware Historian works with most current versions of Microsoft Windows Server, Windows Operating Systems and SQL Server. Full technical specifications follow.

Historian Tech & Specs

The tables below cover system requirements and support capabilities for data acquisition, scalability, data storage, summary statistics, retrieval, system configuration, importing and exporting data, high availability and disaster recovery, regulated industries, data analysis clients and more.

System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 operating systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 operating systems 
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014 and 2016
  • Redundant historian servers, without the need for specialized hardware or reliance on operating system clusters
  • Disaster recovery configurations, without the need for specialized hardware or additional third party software
Data Acquisition Support/Scalability
  • From small applications with 10 measurements to those with 2,000,000
  • Sustained data rates up to 150,000 values/second for years and bursts up to 300,000 values/second
  • 1-millisecond precision for time stamps
  • Utilizing time stamps from the source system or from the Historian server
  • Data collection from virtually any device, using standard protocols such as
    • OPC DA
    • OPC UA   
    • DNP3
    • Modbus
    • IEC 61850
  • Support distributed data acquisition configurations with reliable buffering in the event of communications failures
  • Support configurable bandwidth limits for data collection in wide area network environments
  • Protect against overloading the historian server and network upon recovering from severe communications failures
Data Storage Support
  • Storage of full-resolution of data acquisition, without filtering
  • Optional filtering based on value deadbands to reduce storage requirements
  • Optional filtering based on a constant slope (e.g. “swinging door”) to reduce storage requirements
  • Native facilities for shifting stored data from primary storage to secondary media based on age or size
  • Archive/restore of data using standard file management tools (e.g. Windows Explorer)
  • Granularity of 1-day or less for archive/restore operations
  • Storage of a full 16-bit data quality, based on the OPC standard, for each value without consuming separate tags
  • Accessing archived data directly from read-only, removable media
Summary Statistics Support
  • Calculate and store periodic summary statistics for analog measurements (e.g. minimum, maximum, average, etc.)  as a separate tag
  • Calculate and store periodic summary statistics for integer, string and Boolean measurements (e.g. total time in state, average time in state, shortest time in state, longest time in state, etc.)  as a separate tag
  • Calculate summary statistics on an ad-hoc basis
  • Indications of the reliability of the input data as part of all statistical calculations (e.g. a “percent good”)
  • Multiple tags not needed to store multiple statistics (e.g. minimum, maximum, average, etc.) for the same tag and period 
  • Calculate summary statistics for cycle time analysis
  • Automatic update of stored summary statistics when new data is collected for previously calculated statistics (e.g. buffered data from yesterday is received after statistics were already calculated for yesterday) 
Data Retrieval Support
  • T-SQL queries in Microsoft SQL Server
System Management/Configuration Support
  • System-wide tag hierarchies to simplify navigation
  • Personalized tag hierarchies to simplify navigation
  • Automatic collection and storage of system status and health information
Import/Export Support
  • Configuration import/export using CSV files
  • Configuration changes made via T-SQL
  • Time series data import using CSV files
High Availability and Disaster Recovery Functionality
  • Support for a range of functionality to address system high availability
  • Protects data acquisition processes through I/O server failover, data acquisition system failover or historian store and forward functionality
  • Protects data client access via failover cluster support, redundant historians or by fault tolerant servers, such as Stratus
  • Provides a detailed deployment guide for high availability applications
  • Supports virtualization of redundant historians located in separate physical locations for disaster recovery applications
Regulated Industry Support
  • FDA CFR Part 11 compliant system architecture for data storage and security within regulated industries
  • Detailed deployment guide for proper installation within regulated industries
Data Analysis Clients Support
  • Plant data analysis and reporting clients providing at a minimum:
    • Trend Analysis
    • Process Data Reporting
    • Real-time Statistical Process Control Monitoring
    • Manufacturing Equipment Downtime Tracking
    • Real-time Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
    • Operational dashboard displays
  • Wide range of client options for retrieval and display of Trends and Reports.
  • Publication of trends and reports to a web server
  • Viewing of trends and reports external application, such as  an InTouch HMI
  • Publication on reports to Microsoft Office Word and Excel formats.
  • Extensibility
  • Software developer’s toolkit for custom Historian data source drivers and other complementary software applications
  • Use of toolkit in industry standard development environments, such as Microsoft Visual Studio
Additional Support
  • Comprehensive reference documentation
  • Annual support contracts for software updates and technical support
  • Available for all regions of the world, via certified local system integrator network

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