When a company decides to make a capital investment in data historian software, it can often be overwhelming. Searching through the complete list of data historians in the process database family will reveal nearly a dozen data historians in the marketplace, not to mention open source options that an IT team may decide to attempt. By definition, data historian software should be:
- Storing all data in raw format
- Easily accessible for users and data inquires
- Require little to no database management
- Secure with redundancy
The personal preference of the end user will greatly guide which data historian software they prefer, but a few important features such as scalability, speed, reliability, and overall system pricing, both initial and recurring, should be heavily considered.
As an attempt to try to make the process easier, a direct comparison between the Canary software and both FactoryTalk and OSIsoft Pi has been compiled for your review. Although subjects like ease of installation, training, and overall simplicity of use cannot be addressed, hopefully this comparison will identify strengths and weaknesses of the software.
Without arguement, OSIsoft has been an industry leader for years. OSIsoft Pi has offered a data historian software solution for over 30 years and has thousands of installations around the world. The Pi System is comprised of the Pi Server, the Pi Interface, and Pi Clients. Below is a whiteboard illustration of the Pi System.
Rockwell offers a suite of tools based around their FactoryTalk Historian which is essentially a private-labeled version of the Pi Server from OSIsoft. Trending tools are offered through their VantagePoint software. Below is a quick introduction to their data historian software as well as a quick trend mock up.
Canary Data Historian
The Canary Data Historian has a lot of similarities to the Pi Server and FactoryTalk in that it is built on a proprietary database that stores data in raw format. One of the largest differentiators of Canary's data historian is the ease and speed of deployment. All Canary tools are engineered to be installed without the need of a third party.
Canary's database stands apart in it's speed. With a write performance of over 2 million inserts per second and a read speed double that, Canary will not bottleneck at the historian.
Canary offers a similar track record to OsiSoft with installs in 50 countries and over 18,000 installs.
TrendLink is the Canary legacy trending tool and Axiom is the current Canary trending and dashboarding solution.
System Size and Limitations
As you can see from the FactoryTalk product page, only 500,000 tags can be monitored on a server with a top write speed of 100,000 tags per second. Also of note is the limit of only 50,000 tags per interface with a maximum write speed of 25,000 tags per second.
Maximum Tag Count: 25 million plus
Maximum Write Speed: 2.8 Million data points per second (10,000 tag system, 100,000 tag system tested 18% slower)
Data Visualization and Trending
Sensor data stored in the Canary data historian can be trended and visualized in dashboards with Axiom. Axiom trending software features a trending and visualization package that is designed to give the user the ability to quickly and easily compare historical data trends to current live data trends.
Tools such as
- Adhoc calculations with multiple tags
- Aggregated data based on time intervals
- Asset Management
and more, allow the Canary user the ultimate performance of data comparison. Also multi-platform Axiom can be viewed on desktop, smartphone, or tablet and is server based, not requiring individual installation or app download.
Axiom also makes it easy for each user to build custom dashboards loaded with information. The built in Edit Mode operates from any modern web browser on Linux, Mac OS, Android OS, and Windows machines, tablets, and most smartphones.
5 Reasons to Try the Canary Data Historian Software
1. No Data Loss
At Canary, we believe you need access to all of your data, forever. That’s why we never discard any of your data. Other data historian software “compress” their archive which creates gaps or voids in your time series data resulting in the loss of time, value and quality parameters (TVQs). Canary's data historian software does not do this, instead it permanently keeps all of your time series and process data. To reduce the impact on storage space we use intelligent engineering techniques, but we never get rid of any TVQs!
2. Axiom Offers Superior Trending Software
Axiom trending software is built around the concept of quickly and simply offering analytical data in an easy to use program. This idea sounds like it should be easy to accomplish, but in reality, it is quite difficult. By listening to our customer's personal needs and requests, we built Axiom to offer the features you need and will actually use.
8 Things Axiom Offers We Know You Will Love:
- - Available on multiple platforms, from desktop to smartphone
- - Offer Click Once, server-centric installation, the software updates automatically
- - Calculated trends with the option to write them back to the historian
- - Charts show real-time data along with the historical data
- - Time shifts and interval averages can be displayed on any trend
- - Personal flexibility in arranging the display layout and formatting
- - Staff can be fully trained with 20 minutes of review
- - High and low limits with color and shading options as well as limit lines
3. Fairly Priced
What good is a solution if it is too expensive or adds unnecessary cost? Canary is priced in a way that you can add it to your operation and actually see an ROI in the first quarter. Explore more pricing or request a customized quote from our site.
4. Extreme Performance - It's Crazy Fast!
Let's talk speed. The Canary data historian can record sub-second data down to 100 nanoseconds! Not only can we handle fast data, we can handle large volumes of fast data. Our system has been tested to 4,000,000 TVQs per second. Now that's fast! Even more impressive, we can retrieve at a rate of 9,000,000 TVQs per second.
So how do we do it? It's all in our proprietary data base. Canary’s approach does not try to “pump up” a general purpose database and then “shoe horn” the data into it. Relational databases were not designed to handle the 24/7 data loads that occur in process monitoring. Generally speaking, our data historian is at least 10 (or more) times faster than any general-purpose database for these applications.
5. Incredible Customer Support
"We are very pleased with the Canary product. It is very efficient. We have been collecting 20,000 tags at one second intervals since 2006. It still runs flawlessly. We are just now taking the first 10 years of data offline to store it to the side, not because we have to, but just because we can. We haven’t had any issues with databases. Canary’s technical support is by far one of the best software providers technical support that we deal with. There is always someone available immediately if or when there is every any issues."
- Mike Tufts, Control Supervisor, City of Boca Raton Florida
We always respond with knowledgeable data historian and trending software support. You don't get the run around, "I'm sorry, that's not my department" is not in our vocabulary. Our support staff is the definition of efficient. They do not operate from a phone script and they will never use a troubleshooting manual. They are an integral part of our software development family and understand our software from the top to the bottom. Anytime you contact customer support, your call comes directly to our corporate office in Central Pennsylvania. Have a question that is more suitable for one of our software engineers? Our customer support department works directly alongside our engineering and development team. In fact, Canary is one of the few software companies world-wide that handles all of their own customer support completely in-house. Want to review it for personally? Just call, (814) 793-3770, or email customer support and see how fast we reply!