The Altium Vault itself is far more than simply a vault. Its installation facilitates a platform through which a range of services and technologies are provided - the vault itself being one of these services.
The Altium Vault itself is far more than simply a vault. Its installation facilitates a platform through which a range of services and technologies are provided - the vault itself being one of these services. Think of it as a vault-centric ensemble of features and services, broken down into the following key areas:
- Component Management - providing the features and functionality to build and manage a wealth of design components. Each component references requisite design domain models, but also reaches into the supply chain through the presence of a dedicated Part Catalog, and defined Part Choices. Management at the component level is simplified and streamlined, through support for file-less editing.
- Document Management - providing the features and functionality to release and manage components, schematic sheets of circuitry, and board design projects, including intergated version control (locally-hosted SVN).
- Team Configuration Management - providing the features and functionality that enable the Altium Vault (and Altium Designer) to be used in a regulated way across the entire organization, including Network Installation Service and Centralized Environment Configuration Management.
- Collaboration -providing the features and functionality to realize the Altium Vault as a powerful collaboration platform, including centralized project management (managed projects, enforced version control, commenting), and concurrent PCB design.
The Altium Vault software itself is available in three distinct license bundles - Component, Workgroup and Enterprise. These license types - each a Server License - determine the features available at the organization level. At the user level, each user connects to the Altium Vault through the seat of an associated Client Access License (CAL). Three types of Client Access License (often referred to as a Connector License) are available, offering the same technology bundling as the server licensing.