Foundation: Technology

The technology foundation provides essential advice and guidance on how to build and maintain a robust, resilient and scalable platform for your digital workforce. 

Infrastructure Overview

The Blue Prism infrastructure is relatively simple and consists of four main components. The Database, Application Server(s), Runtime Resources and Interactive Clients.  

The Application Server(s), Runtime Resources and Interactive Clients are all installed by the same one source file. The Database schema can be created from the Application server. 

The minimum specifications for the components are not demanding, but should be considered carefully when sizing the environment.  

Active Directory integration and therefore Single Sign-On (SSO) is possible in Blue Prism and is the most common choice for a Production environment.  

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Hosting Options 

Blue Prism can only be installed on Windows architecture currently. Infrastructure can be hosted physically, in a Private Cloud (also referred to as on-premises), or in Public Cloud. 

Physical hosting is not recommended for the Application Server, Runtime Resource and Interactive Client due to the overheads of cost, management and security. Most customers choose Private or Public Cloud due to the advantages Virtualization brings.  Either option is viable, with small pros and cons across the two. For Private Cloud, customers most commonly use VMWare or Citrix Xen Desktop. For Public Cloud, Blue Prism currently recommend Azure, AWS or Google Cloud.  

A physical Database server is recommended in large environments due to the higher levels of performance achievable from a Physical Database Server and the increased workload and traffic. 

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    Data Gateways 

    Data Gateways are a new sub-component introduced in V6.5 of Blue Prism. They allow an easy method of pushing data out of Blue Prism directly into 3rd-party systems for monitoring and reporting.  

    The Data Gateway sub-component has separate installation media to the Application Server component and is always installed on the Application Server.

    See also - under Related Documents on the bottom of this page: 

    • User Guide - Data Gateways  

      Login Agent 

      The Login agent is a separately installed application which allows a Runtime Resource to be logged in by a Blue Prism Process, using Credentials securely stored in Blue Prism into its Operating System. 

      The installation media can be found on the Runtime Resource after installation.  There are specific pre-made Blue Prism Objects that come with the Login Agent which allow Log in, Log Out, Lock, and Unlock functionality.  

      See also - under Related Documents on the bottom of this page: 

      • v6 User Guide - Login Agent 
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