Belden is now offering a new Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP) for automatic upgrades to its Hirschmann Industrial HiVision network management software.
For a single payment, users with a full license for software versions 04.0.00 or later will automatically receive the latest releases for twelve months. The cost is less than half that of a one-time update. No contract is required to use the AMP, notes the company; users simply need to accept the license terms that also apply to the installation of the Industrial HiVision software. At the end of the twelve 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. However, each new release can be installed only on a PC that is already running a full version of Industrial HiVision.
The 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, says Belden. On average, two new versions are marketed each year, and AMP customers can benefit from these without delay.
As with a full license, 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 license for the network management software is running on a PC, then a corresponding number of AMPs will be required.
“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 twelve months,” comments Hirschmann product manager Mark Cooksley. “The annual maintenance plan also offers considerable cost savings, when compared with a one-time update.”