UD5 vs UD4.7


benchtestresultsI don’t look at the Knowledge Base on www.revelation.com enough and I’m often surprised at the information that resides there.  Today was no exception and just proves how long it was since I took a look and how important it is to check there fore time to time.

I have been talking to a few people about the UD5 and the upgrade process from earlier versions of the Universal Driver and the benefits of the upgrade and performance ‘always’ comes up.  I was therefore pleasantly surprised to see that Revelation have recently published some bench test results which compare the Universal Driver 4.7 to the Universal Driver 5.0, running both with and without encryption.

There are four tests which were completed using all three configurations (UD4.7 without encryption, UD 5.0 without encryption and UD 5.0 with encryption).  The results are nicely summarised in a graphic and there are also detailed screen shots of the results screens and the parameters used for each of the tests – totally transparent reporting.

I’ll leave you to review the knowledge base article, but it was good to see that the UD 5.0 is consistently faster than the UD4.7 when running without encryption. 

Running with encryption sees a decrease in performance of around 2 to 2.5 times the time taken in the UD 4.7 without encryption.Which is expected for obvious reasons.

Please see www.revsoft.co.uk for more details about the Universal Driver or contact your local Revelation representative or application author to discuss your upgrade to the UD5.

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Universal Driver 5.0 Released


I am pleased to announce that the Universal Driver (UD) 5.0 is now available to anyone running OpenInsight version 9.4.

Originally planned to only be supported with the forthcoming OpenInsight 10 release, interest has been sufficiently high in the UD 5.0’s new features that Revelation has released the new version with support for the widely adopted OpenInsight version 9.4.

The Universal Driver that is bundled free of charge with all of the 9.x releases, remains Universal Driver NUL 4.7.  However, the Universal Driver NUL 5.0 is only compatible with OpenInsight 9.4.

If you are purchasing a new Universal Driver License for use with OpenInsight 9.4, you now have the choice of using the Universal Driver 4.7 or the newer Universal Driver NUL 5.0 – please specify your preference when ordering.

If you are an existing user and you are running OpenInsight 9.4 and the Universal Driver 4.7 or Universal Driver NUL 4.7, then we have an upgrade path for you to get to the version 5.0.  Again, drop us a line and we will be pleased to provide you with the appropriate costs.

If you are an existing user and you are running an older Universal Driver, then you’ll need to purchase the upgrade to the UD 4.7 and then the upgrade to the UD 5.0.  Again, we will be pleased to quote for your specific needs accordingly.

Universal Driver 5.0 to be made available for use with OI 9.4


Revelation Software are so pleased with the features and benefits of the Universal Driver 5.0 that we are going to make it available for use with OpenInsight 9.4 in October 2015!   Existing users of the Universal Driver 4.7 can upgrade to the Universal Driver 5.0 and customers who are not upgrading, can purchase the UD 5.0 as normal.  If you are in the EMEA region, please email martyn@revsoft.co.uk with your current version and serial number for the cost of your upgrade.

As with the current Universal Driver 4.7 for OpenInsight version 9.x, the UD 5.0 will be included free of charge with the purchase of new OpenInsight 10 licenses.

Features and Benefits

  • Latest Communication Technology
    The Universal Driver 5.0 utilizes the latest communication libraries to provide robust, reliable service between the UD server and its clients.
  • Secure communications option
    If desired, the communications channel between the UD server and its clients can be SSL encrypted, preventing unauthorized interception of sensitive information.
  • Authenticated clients option – If desired, only explicitly authorized client software can connect to the UD server over a secure SSL channel.
  • Connection Retry
    If the communication link between the client and server is temporarily lost, and then restored, the client will attempt to reconnect and resume normal operations.
  • VSS friendly
    The UD 5.0 is VSS (Volume Snapshot Service) aware and can thus be backed up with minimal disruption to normal operations.