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OASIS Hardware Requirements

Overview

Generally, if the PCs and the server are just a few years old, you should be fine. The most you would need to do is add a little memory or disk space depending on your role and the extent of other programs running on your machine concurrently. 

 

A server class machine with a RAID array is strongly recommended for hosting the OASIS database. As you transition to a paperless office and begin to store more and more data in your database, it becomes critical that the machine that hosts the database is as reliable as possible. Server hardware and enterprise hard drives are designed to operate in mission-critical environments where failure is not an option. Workstations more often than not are designed to be used from 8-5 Monday through Friday and are not built for the wear and tear that comes from handling a database application 24/7. It is possible to run OASIS on a workstation with a single user’s PC running as a "server." However, this is not recommended except for the smallest groups, or remote offices with just one or two users. 

 

Databases

It is best to install your OASIS database on a hard drive that has plenty of available space.  Depending on the size of your office and the amount of attachments you plan to store in OASIS, we recommend anywhere from 25 GB to 100 GB of free space for medium-sized groups. We have found that attachments tend to grow exponentially (for many groups) and, if you notice your disk space dwindling, you might want to consider adding more space before the drive reaches capacity and you incur downtime. 

 

Backups

We cannot stress enough the importance of a reliable, verifiable, routine backup system. The database should be backed up daily and the integrity of those backups should be verified from time to time. OASIS has a built in daily backup, so you should plan to have either a second physical hard drive for the backup to be directed to, or have a RAID array to add a layer of protection in the event of a hardware failure.

 

There is nothing more frustrating than finding that your backup is not useful when the server crashes. It has happened before and we have shared in the frustration. We will be here to help restore your data, but it comes at a price as data recovery will cause hours or days of downtime. 

 

Minimum Client Hardware/OS Requirements

 

OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.7 or later

RAM: 4 GB or more
CPU: 1.6 GHz Celeron dual core (or AMD equivalent) or faster
Network: Wired. (wireless is not recommended)

Minimum Server Hardware/OS Requirements

For smaller groups of 1-10 employees using a PC using as server:

        OS: Windows 7, Windows 8 or later

        RAM: 4 GB or more

        DISK: 50 GB free  

        CPU: 2.0 GHz dual core (AMD or Intel) or faster

 

For larger groups of 10+ employees, it is possible but not recommended to use a PC as a server:

        OS: Windows 7, Windows 8

        RAM: 4 GB or more

        DISK: 100 GB free  

        CPU: 2.5 GHz dual core (AMD or Intel) or faster

 

**Minimum server requirements are suitable for new customers. Customers with larger databases are going to require more disk space and more ram to operate smoothly. For more information please contact support**

 

Recommended Client Hardware/OS Requirements

 

OS: Windows 7/8/10, Mac OSX 10.7 or later

RAM: 4 GB or more

CPU: 1.6 GHz Celeron dual core (or AMD equivalent) or faster

 

Recommended Server Hardware/OS Requirements

 

For smaller groups with 1-10 employees

            OS: Windows 7/8/10, Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, Windows Server 2016

            RAM: 4 GB or more

            DISK: 50 GB free 

            CPU: 2.0 GHz dual core (AMD or Intel) or faster

            USB 3.0 highly recommended

 

For larger groups of 10+ employees:

            OS: Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, Windows Server 2016

            RAM: 8 GB or more

            DISK: 100 GB free 

            CPU: 2.5 GHz dual core (AMD or Intel) or faster

            USB 3.0 highly recommended

 

Note: Call us if you have questions about integrating with Terminal Services, VPNs, web technologies, or other applications. 

 

Windows Server 2016 is supported only with installer version W711A0 or later.

Mac Servers are not supported. Oasis will still work for Mac clients.

 

General guidelines for best performance 

  • PLEASE NOTE – if your office wants to go as paperless as possible, attaching files, drawings, etc will cause the size of the OASIS database to grow exponentially. Plan ahead for this by having plenty of free hard drive space for future growth.
  • Hard disk performance on the server is VERY important. Internal server bus speed is important as well for large offices. Standard 7200 RPM drives are not recommended. Using a quality RAID card and 10K RPM drives will result in better performance and stability. This is recommended for larger companies.
  • Attachments/storage of documents, transactions, emails, etc within OASIS is only limited by the amount of hard drive space on the server (or PC used as server).
  • Allocating more RAM to the server will result in better performance vs allocating more processing power to the server.  However, adding memory after 8 GB will not result in a noticeable performance increase.
  • More modern operating systems will use more memory, but will run faster overall.
  • Databases like SQL Anywhere (used in OASIS) will tend to compete for resources when run with other applications like email servers (ie. Microsoft Exchange), other database servers, and web servers. For best results, it is best to host the OASIS database on either its own hard drive or on a RAID array.
  • USB 3.0 is highly recommended on the server. In the event of a database recovery from an external backup drive, a USB 3.0 drive will move data up to 5 times faster than a USB 2.0 drive.

Here are some common issues concerning desktop systems running OASIS

  • Out-of-date printer drivers may result in OASIS print failures or garbled print from time to time. 
  • There have been some issues with Windows 7 and printers. Consult your IT person for updates and printer driver issues. 
  • Some built-in LAN adapters are not properly configured. The result is slow OASIS performance when building submittals. 
  • ANTI-VIRUS Software:  We have encountered several different programs that will analyze EVERYTHING that is transmitted to and from your machine.  In ALL cases this will slow down OASIS as it transmits a lot of data through your network. Consider adding exceptions for OASIS.
  • Using Active Directory to store user profiles on a server can cause OASIS to run very slowly depending on how it is set up. Contact us for information on how to bypass this issue.

WEB Hardware and Software 

The OASIS/Web products assume a web server and a quality, well-secured LAN. Before implementing these technologies, please call Ingen Software. Regardless, a local LAN specialist is highly recommended if these technologies are to be implemented at the local agency.