Belden Inc. is offering a cost-effective upgrade of Industrial HiVision network management software from its Hirschmann product range. This takes the form of a new Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP). For a single payment, users with a full licence for versions 04.0.00 or later will automatically receive the latest release for a period of 12 months. The amount they pay is less than half the cost of a one-time update.
No contract is required to be able to use AMP. Users simply need to accept the licence terms that also apply to the installation of Industrial HiVision. At the end of the 12 months they are then free to decide whether or not to extend the service.
The registration code for the update can either be supplied by e-mail, or sent as a package containing a CD with the network management software and printed operating instructions. Each new release can, however, be installed only on a PC that is already running a full version of Industrial HiVision.
This network management software, which was specifically designed for industrial applications, is continually being enhanced with additional functions for more convenient network administration and monitoring in line with users' requirements. On average, two new versions are marketed each year, and AMP customers can benefit from these without delay.
As with the costs of a full licence, the price of the Industrial HiVision AMP depends on the number of IP addresses monitored. Versions are available for 25, 50, 100, 250 or 500 addresses. If more than one full licence for the network management software is running on a PC, then a corresponding number of AMPs will be required.
With this new service, Belden is offering a cost-effective option for the automatic update of Industrial HiVision. Product Manager Mark Cooksley explains: "AMP enables users to precisely calculate and budget the costs for network administration and monitoring as a total cost of ownership for a period of 12 months. The Annual Maintenance Plan also offers considerable cost savings, when compared with a one-time update."