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Community Edition Of PI

Offer a free Community Edition of PI. Limit the point count, but let us geeks monitor our IOT hobbies with PI. This will encourage business buy in and increase general knowledge of OSIsoft throughout the geek community.

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  • ClementC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There are developer / express editions available of both the Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases. These are fully functioning versions of the commercial products that are available for free. There are license restrictions preventing commercial usage, but they do allow individuals to use the products for testing and learning. A free version of the PI system with license restrictions preventing commercial usage would help increase the base of users of the system.

  • dunivanm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Aren't Community Editions mostly for Free Software or Open Source Software projects that release source code under the GNU Public License or a Open Source software license? Community Editions distributions of that source code compiled into binary files.
    Would OSIsoft really Open Source part of its PI source code?

    For OSIsoft providing a PI System as a cloud platform...there are Docker images:

    And Qi:

  • Paurav commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    In response to Rick Davin, "On the surface this sounds intriguing bu..."
    Hi Rick,
    I have suggestion here to provide facility public PI DA like public PI WebAPI Endpoint, and tags created through connection will be deleted automatically after 7 days, and can be recreated only after 1 day gap (Individual can put effort to make their tagname unique). I think this is enough time to check for PoC of IoT. It is good to get rolling and then certainly there are more thoughts to consider.
    Paurav Joshi

  • Rick Davin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    On the surface this sounds intriguing but I do have some questions.  The easy one is: what is an appropriate point limit for small home projects?  25 tags?  50?  100?
    Now on to the stickier question:  what software components would be comprised in this Community Edition of PI?  Obviously the Data Archive, with its point limit. Has some PE but no ACE.  What interfaces get included?  What about AF Server and Client?  Seriously doubtful it would make it in the community edition.  Which means I don't get Asset Analytics.  No DataLink, ProcessBook, or PI Vision either.  So really it's a Data Archive with little other things, which is something that could happen.  With more things thrown in, it becomes tougher to restrict some of the other components, which just means we've opened the doors wide open for piracy. 
    If others are thinking full blown Data Archive and AF, then an inexpensive home IoT project with less than $100 of hardware will also need a suitable PC (or 2) to run SQL Express, AF, and all the other stuff.  So I can get a Raspberry Pi and some sensors dirt cheap, but I also need a big beefy more expensive PC to run my Community Edition of PI.

  • Kenneth Barber commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    That's actually not a bad idea.

    A community edition would be good for familiarizing yourself with PI and doing hands-on testing and learning without playing around with and potentially messing up the "good" database at work.

    In addition, having PI at home would mean that you can learn PI, its potential, and its inherent limitations without the pressure of work. This, in turn, leads to users envisioning their ideal PI product.

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