One of my New Year’s resolutions (and performance review goals) was to start blogging more frequently, so I thought I’d put together a series of posts about some of the new and enhanced features in the upcoming release of DeltaV, Version 12. SIS Electronic Marshalling, Virtualization, and Batch Analytics are three big features, but I thought I'd start by covering some of the smaller, but important updates.
We’ve started taking orders for V12 and delivery is expected later this year. So what can you expect? Let’s start off with Microsoft OS version support.
In V12, both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 will be supported. Not only are they both supported, they can coexist on the same DeltaV system. Now for folks putting in a new V12 system, this isn’t that big a deal – all the workstations and servers will be the 64 bit version of the operating systems.
But customers with V11 systems that are thinking about upgrading to V12 won’t have to worry about including an OS change along with the rest of their upgrade plans. Their 32 bit OS versions will work just fine with V12. And down the road, if they need to expand, 64 bit OS machines can be added and will work just fine with their 32 bit cousins.