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Spotfire Server

TIBCO Spotfire Server software provides the enterprise with a centralised platform for the integration, deployment & administration of next generation business intelligence applications. Spotfire Server gives your organization complete control over the configuration and security of the entire Spotfire Enterprise Analytics platform. This single point of integration makes it simple to leverage your existing corporate information, user directory & authentication infrastructure & assets. It enables distributing Guided analytic applications throughout the enterprise and provides unmatched scalability while reducing the cost of managing applications.

Reduce operational costs

  • Centralised access to existing information assets
  • Apply new business context meta layer without altering underlying data sources
  • Leverage existing user directory and authentication systems
Improve organizational scalability
  • Centrally manage user- and role-based client and application configuration
  • Centrally deploy clients and analysis tools
Deliver more value to user community
  • User-driven, prompted data retrieval from existing information assets
  • Promotes and simplifies use of current investment in external statistics tools
  • User-driven capture, storage and reuse of Guided Analytic applications
Improve security
  • Centrally controlled access to data, application library and tools
  • Increase data integrity, enforce data access policies and eliminate "spread-marts” of data throughout the enterprise


Spotfire Server integrates into your existing information & analytics technology infrastructure:

  • Databases
    • Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, MySQL, SAS/SHARE, Sybase, Informix
    • Or any custom JDBC data source
  • User Directory
    • Microsoft Windows Domain, LDAP, Active Directory
    • Or any custom adaptor
  • Authentication
    • Communication through SSL and HTTPS with support for certificates
    • Single sign-on through Windows Integrated Authentication (NTLM)
    • Any Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) compliant adapter
  • Development Platform
    • Server platform control and extensibility through Web Services APIs

System Requirements

TIBCO Spotfire Server 7.x
Hardware
Processor Minimum: 2 Cores (Intel Core i3 or equivalent), 2 GHz, 64-bit
4 Cores or more (Intel Xeon E5 or equivalent), 2 GHz or higher, 64-bit

NOTE: x86 processors are not supported.

RAM Minimum: 16 GB
Recommended: 16 GB or higher
Hard Disk space 1 GB of free space to complete installation
500 MB for base server software to execute

Caching: If the TIBCO Spotfire Server is configured to cache Library Items and Information Links, this uses additional disk space. By default, caching is enabled and the max cache size set to 10 GB

Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, 6, 5
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, 11

NOTE: Only 64-bit versions of the Operating Systems are supported.
Spotfire Server Database Any of the following:

Oracle *: Oracle 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.x) Oracle 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.x) Oracle 11g Release 1 (11.1.0.x) Oracle 10g Release 2 (10.2.0.x) Oracle 10g Release 1 (10.1.0.x) Oracle 11g XE (Not recommended - for non-production environments only**)

Microsoft SQL Server ***: Microsoft SQL Server 2014 **** Microsoft SQL Server 2012 **** Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2**** Microsoft SQL Server 2008 ****

NOTE: Please note that the Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server database is third-party software that must be installed by the customer prior to the Spotfire software installation.It is possible but not recommended to run the database and Spotfire server on the same machine. If doing so, please refer to the database vendor for database system requirements. NOTE: The size of the TIBCO Spotfire Server database schema(s) is approximately 500 MB at the time of creation - there is no upper limit for the size, unless restricted by database limitations.

ORACLE-SPECIFIC NOTES:

NOTE: * Oracle RAC (Real Application Clusters) also supported.

NOTE: ** Oracle 11g XE is supported for use in non-production environments (like evaluation, test or development) but for production environments, Spotfire strongly recommends using one of the recommended database engines listed above. Please note that there are numerous known limitations when using Oracle XE instead of one of the recommended database types, such as: it can only address 1 GB of RAM it can only use one CPU An 11 GB limit is enforced on disk space (user data), which will e.g. limit the amount of data that can be stored in the Spotfire Library Forum-support only

SQL SERVER-SPECIFIC NOTES:

NOTE: *** Microsoft SQL Server has a size limit of 2 GB for BLOB storage. This means that the maximum size of any single item stored in the Spotfire Library (such as an analysis file) cannot be larger than 2 GB.

NOTE: *** Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn is also supported. NOTE: **** Microsoft SQL Server Express is supported for use in non-production environments (like evaluation, test or development) but for production environments, Spotfire strongly recommends using one of the other editions listed above. Please note that there are numerous known limitations (with some variations depending on the SQL Server version) when using the Express edition instead of one of the recommended editions, such as: it can only address 1 GB of RAM, it can o,nly use a single physical CPU a 4 to 10 GB limit is enforced on disk space, which will e.g. limit the amount of data that can be stored in the Spotfire Library

Authentication Method One of following:

LDAP - Microsoft Active Directory
LDAP - The Directory Server product family (Netscape Directory Server, iPlanet Directory Server, Sun ONE Directory Server (v5), Sun Java System Directory Server (v6), Oracle Directory Server (v7)
Kerberos v5 for Active Directory
NTLMv1 and NTLMv2 Microsoft Windows NT Domain
Database Table (Spotfire Server used to both manage and store usernames and passwords)
Custom JAAS modules using username/p
assword credentials
X.509 client certificates

Installation Privileges on Windows TIBCO Spotfire Server 7.5.x must be installed under a Windows user account with full administrative privileges.
Locale The server should run in an English (United States) language setting
Web Browser (for Server Administration / Configuration pages) Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
Google Chrome 40 or higher
Mozilla Firefox 34 or higher

NOTE: Running Internet Explorer in Compatibility mode is not supported

Network IPv4 or IPv6

Node Manager (Optional)
In order to run any Spotfire Services (TIBCO Spotfire Web Player or TIBCO Spotfire Automation Services services) on a machine, it first needs to have a Node Manager installed as well. There is no separate system requirement for the Node Manager - this is covered by the requirements for the Service.
Spotfire Services (Optional) The following are the supported services that can be provided through TIBCO Spotfire Server

TIBCO Spotfire Web Player service 7.5.x

TIBCO Spotfire Automation Services service 7.5.x

NOTE: To run Spotfire Service(s) on a machine, it first needs to have a Node Manager installed as well. There is no separate system requirement for the Node Manager - this is covered by the requirements for the Service


Information Services Data Sources (Optional)
Information Services can be used for server-side data access to JDBC Data Sources. The server comes pre-configured with templates for connecting to the following data source types:
DB2*
MySQL*
Netezza
Oracle*
Redshift
SAS/SHARE SQL Server * Sybase *
Teradata
TIBCO Spotfire Advanced Data Services (which enables connecting to many additional data sources)

NOTE: * DataDirect drivers are included out of the box with the TIBCO Spotfire Server for connecting to these data source types. For production use, it is recommended to use drivers that are provided/recommended by the specific data source vendor though. Additional data source types (and their corresponding drivers) can be be manually added.

Load Balancer (Optional) Load balancing Spotfire Servers can be achieved using Apache httpd with the mod_jk module enabled. This solution is fully tested (using Apache httpd v2.2.14 and mod_jk v1.2.28) and recommended. It is also possible to use a different load balancing solution, as long as it supports session affinity, which ensures that a client communicates with the same server for the duration of the session

Clustering (Optional)
Multiple Spotfire Servers can be clustered, for failover and improved scalability, using one of the following options:

Hazelcast (included out of the box)
TIBCO ActiveSpaces, 2.1.6 or higher (requires separate installation)