Priority Software® FBS Requirements

The following is a list of the hardware and software requirements for FBS. This should be considered a guide only, not absolute. For your exact requirements, please consult with a Priority Software Product Specialist. He or she will be able to assess the specific needs of your institution and best advise you on your actual requirements.

Server Hosting Options
You have two (2) options for where your Priority Software Server Computer is hosted (located). Traditional Acquire your own physical server/virtual server and the necessary Microsoft SQL Server licenses. AWS Hosted Use a Virtual Server on the Amazon Web Services Cloud.

Traditional Server
If you are able to “easily” acquire a physical or virtual server and the Microsoft SQL Server licenses to run at your site, this might be the solution for you.

Pros

  • You are only dependent on your staff.

Cons

  • Initial cash outlay is higher.
  • Without an IT staff and/or a server maintenance agreement, downtime can be costly.
  • Daily backups are a necessity. PSI can assist you with the scripts to create the backups but you’ll be responsible for the safe/secure off-site storage.

AWS Hosted
The Amazon Web Services Cloud provides a virtual server, accessible only by your institutions network. The exact location can often be specified to a geographical region that is quickly accessible to your location. You will not need to concern yourself with server hardware, uninterruptible power supplies, hardware maintenance, electrical cost (typically $240+ / year @ $0.12/kWH), cooling costs and most importantly, software licensing which can be substantial to acquire, maintain and administer. You will typically only pay for each hour that your server is accessible and the amount of disk storage that you are using.

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Pros

  • Getting Started is Fast. We can deploy new servers in less than an hour.
  • Daily Backups are no longer an issue for you. They will be backed up by the AWS.

Cons

  • Monthly bills for usage. The more you use the server, the more it costs. The costs are low / hour but there are 720 hours in most months.

Server Requirements
Priority Software, Inc. (PSI) does not host any data. All data resides on a physical (or virtual) server owned, maintained and located at your institution or on a virtual server in the Amazon Web Cloud. For suggested server specifications based on your particular situation, please contact a Priority Software Product Specialist.

Supported Operating Systems FBS 4.5
Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Server
Microsoft Windows 2008 Server
Microsoft Windows 2012 Server

Supported Databases FBS 4.5
Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Notes
The Priority Software Server can be virtualized without issue.
SQL Server 2008 R2 is preferred when available.
SQL Server Client Access Licenses (CALs) may be required for each of your users.

Browser Requirements
Priority Software® FBS has been tested to work successfully with all the major web browsers listed below. In general, we support the current version plus the prior 2 versions of each browser.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0+
  • Google Chrome 28.0+
  • Mozilla Firefox 21.0+
  • Apple Safari 4.0+

Supported Power Control Switches
The following are some of the power control devices that we currently support. If you’re device is not on the list, please let us know.

Power Switch # Controlled Outlets Literature Manual
Digital Loggers, Inc.
Web Power Switch –  WPS7 *
8 Literature Manual
Digital Loggers, Inc.
IoT Relay With Raspberry Pi *
2 Literature
Synaccess Networks, Inc. NP-02B 2 Literature Manual
Synaccess Networks, Inc. NP-05B 5 Literature Manual

* Supported but no longer recommended