GE Intelligent Platforms announces the availability of its latest software product, Proficy Historian 4.5. This Enterprise Historian solution collects, aggregates and organizes the massive amount of data that exists across organizations, enabling effective decision-making and tight governance. It is easily integrated into any company's enterprise systems portfolio through an open, flexible architecture that leverages existing investments.

The new Proficy Historian 4.5 adds support of more than 15 million tags. This feature allows users to aggregate and disseminate information across the enterprise through a secure and scalable Historian platform.

At GE Energy's Monitoring & Diagnostics (M&D) Center in Atlanta, they wanted to be sure their architecture and hardware/software technologies would scale to meet their business growth projections but also accommodate exponential increase in data. The team commissioned GE's Global Research Center to conduct an analysis of Big Data technologies on massive time-series process data, which are at the heart of GE Energy's M&D applications.

In the study, conducted in August 2011, Proficy Historian was shown to excel against relational and unstructured databases for time-series data. Typical columnar or relational databases are not well suited for handling time-series process data queries at this scale, and some of the newer technologies are too immature at this point for real production/operations environments, according to the study.

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