Cloud based software as a service
MPL is able to provide its clients with access to N-GEN on a subscription basis. Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software distribution model where the software can be accessed from any device via an online connection.
The cloud based software is stored on external servers rather than local servers. The MPL SaaS model is rapidly gaining traction across a wide range of businesses/market sectors. Key advantages of the MPL SaaS offering include accessibility, compatibility, and operational management. Additionally, clients benefit from lower upfront costs than traditional premised based applications. The client benefits can be summarised as follows:
Accessibility: The MPL SaaS application is accessed from any device with an internet connection and a web browser. As a web-based model, MPL host and maintain the servers, databases, and the code that makes up an application
Hardware: The MPL SaaS application negates the need for often expensive hardware usually associated with on-premise deployments
Software Costs: The MPL SaaS application is a subscription model which rolls up hosting, software, reporting, support and maintenance costs into one affordable monthly payment. This differs significantly from on-premise software, which is usually purchased through a perpetual license, paid upfront
Updates and Patches: Because the SaaS application is run in the cloud, MPL can update software centrally without adversely affecting business operations for the client
Scalability: The MPL solution centralises data collection from a wide and diverse range of measuring devices. This data is visualised within NGEN software. The solution offers unrivalled flexibility to the client, allowing for the hosted service to be scaled at any time as the level of Estate wide monitoring increases. Irrespective of the type of measuring devices added, the SaaS application can be upgraded with ease to accommodate the increase in monitoring points. Further, additional features such as Asset Management and Physical Security can be added with ease to the service.
Reporting: MPL can tailor and schedule reports to meet client specific needs. The NGEN SaaS application will provide real time reporting and historical reporting. Alerting and alarming is also available against pre-defined thresholds.
On Premise Software
N-GEN Enterprise can be deployed locally on a client server. The client defines which of the function modules are to be utilised and perpetual licences are then purchased based on the number of connected devices. The client can upgrade their licence at any point to accommodate an increase in the number of devices connected or additional functionality added.
First year maintenance and support packages are included in the cost of the licence with subsequent annual support agreements being implemented for subsequent years. N-GEN Enterprise will run on a compact Windows based server with 16Gb of RAM / 500Gb hard drive.
To further simplify deployment, MPL can provide a ‘ready to run’ N-GEN server. The client can also specify the level of software configuration required.
N-GEN as an Appliance
To simplify the provision of business intelligence to its clients, N-GEN Lite software can be embedded into any one of the family of MPL Gateways. These appliances centralise data collection from a broad range of measuring devices required to support a sustainable energy management programme.
Each Gateway uses a single IP address to monitor up to 256 devices.
Through the provision of its N-GEN appliance based software, the Gateways simplify the deployment of all measuring technology and offer the most intuitive and easy to configure approach for the visualisation of monitored parameters.
Deploying MPL Gateway technology significantly reduces infrastructure complexity and associated costs. The Gateway appliance is purchased based on the number of devices connected and includes first year maintenance and support. Subsequent annual support agreements can be implemented for subsequent years.