Definitions

Interactor

Interactor is both the product and DBA (Doing Business As) name.  The legal name for the company is Pulzze Systems, Inc.

Interactor Instance

A single copy of a running Interactor install.

Interactor Core

Interactor Core is the baseline product. Interactor Core can be modified to create a new use case specific product. For example, Data transformer is a product created from the Core to address the specific challenges of data handling, and the Industrial edge is a product that mainly uses the connectivity features of the Core to simplify the integration of many machines and devices in a factory.

Release version

Interactor uses the Semantic Versioning 0.0.0.  Given a version number MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH, increment the:

  • MAJOR version when you make incompatible changes,
  • MINOR version when you add functionality in a backwards compatible manner, and
  • PATCH version when you make backwards compatible bug fixes.

Additional labels for pre-release and build metadata are available as extensions to the MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH format.

Demo vs. POC

A demo is an hour-long session demonstrating the high-level features of Interactor. A demo can be scheduled by using the Interactor Demo scheduler

POC is creating a proof of concept solution that directly solves the customer problem(s).  The cost of creating a POC solution is shared.

Software Support Services

Break/fix service of Interactor including issues ticketing, basic usability assistance, remote troubleshooting, and availability of the latest software release. Software support is only applicable to a perpetual license.  The subscription license has software support included.

Solution Support Services

Break/fix service of the solution built on Interactor by Interactor Engineers.  Solution support services include issues ticketing, basic usability assistance, and remote troubleshooting.

Professional Services

Consulting, development, and maintenance service for both Interactor and solution.  Contact us for help with creating your solution.

Active Support Subscription

A customer who has paid subscription for Interactor Support services.

Product

Is Interactor a software or hardware?

Interactor is a software product.  However, we partner with hardware vendors to provide thoroughly tested software + hardware packages.  Please refer to the partner page for featured hardware partners.

Where in the solution architecture is Interactor applied?

In the middle layer servers and at the edge closest to the data source are the most common places for deploying Interactor. Interactor can also run on cloud instances.

What are the main use cases?

Telecommunication data integration, data handling, and automation.

Industrial 4.0 device integration, data handling, and automation.

Smart city device integration, data handling, and automation

Other use cases include SDN, 5G, AI/ML-based solution and more

How is it configured?

Interactor offers both Graphical User Interface (GUI) and code-based configuration.  The code is structured in JSON scheme.

What is the minimum software requirement?

Linux, Windows, MAC

Interactor can also run on dockers and cloud instances.

What is the minimum hardware requirement?

Memory: Though the software footprint is only ~ 70 MB, at least 500 MB of memory is recommended to process meaningful amount of data.

CPU: INTEL or ARM

What makes Interactor unique?

What other product is there that can ubiquitously connect to any device or data source, reliably process over 10K transactions per second (TPS), and compute complex logic ... and more?

With less than 70MB software~

Configurable by both GUI and code for developers to create and operators to manage!  Or do both DevOps!

Also, refer to the three points in the main page and Why people love Interactor

How can I get a copy of the software?

Contact sales@interactor.com to get the latest release of Interactor.

Pricing

Is there a trial version of Interactor?

Yes, a 3-month trial license is available. Our Sales team will send you the trial license. Contact sales@interactor.com.

Is the license for a software or hardware?

Interactor is a software product.  License only applies to the software.

Do you help with building the solution?

Yes, we take on many projects to help our customers.  In many cases, faster and more cost efficient for our experts to build the initial solution.  Solution building is priced per project according to our professional services package.  We also introduce with our country partners to provide local support.

Roughly how much is the license?

The reason we don’t publish the numbers on the website is because need for Interactor features greatly differ between industries.  Please contact our Sales team for a personalized quote.

Can I upgrade the license?

Yes. We have pricing options available to add new features and performance.

What support options are available?

A separate support packages with 24/7/365 phone support, a named support rep, and more are available for both Interactor software and solution built by our expert(s). Please contact our Sales team for a personalized quote.

Technology

Does Interactor have any dependencies?

Interactor runs without needing anything preinstalled.

Dose Interactor use Interpretive language?

No, you can think it as Hybrid of Interpreting and Compile language. Interpreting language is convenient and easy to use, but not high performing. Interactor has a configuration based execution engine, and when it starts to run, it need to do commit and becomes binary to run having high performance.

How does it compare with ESB?
ESB’s main purpose is enterprise application integration. Typically they are very expensive to develop and setup.  Also, they can be very large in footprint and process heavy (slow).
Interactor edge computing platforms are made for IoT.   It is much easier to deploy at a lower cost.  Interactor features and capabilities are more in tune with the latest technology use cases such as Mobile Edge Computing, 5G,  Industrial IoT, and Smart Cities.
 
 
The main difference between ESB and Interactor
Comparison with Node-Red
Comparison with ETL

Traditional Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) software was popular during the big data boom to process large amounts of data. Since they have been around for a long time, ETL is typically feature-rich but slow and difficult to operate.

Interactor platforms are made for IoT.   It is much easier to deploy at a lower cost.  Interactor features and capabilities are more in tune with the latest technology use cases such as Mobile Edge Computing, 5G,  Industrial IoT, and Smart Cities.

Comparing ETL to Interactor is like comparing a steam engine with a high-speed bullet train.  They both have a place in the market and have the capability to do similar things (transport people or data).  But bullet train brings fundamentally different value such as speed, easiness, and efficiency.

That is why Interactor use cases are much more diverse.  Smart City edge computing, Smart Home Hub, Industrial IoT, Software Defined Network (SDN), Network element management systems (EMS), Datacenter log management, etc.  ETL is not capable of doing those use cases because they were built for a different purpose.

Comparison with Kepware