Orchid Hardware Requirements

Single or Client Computers
Server Computer in Network
Multiple Locations
POS Hardware
Single or Client Computers
The following hardware specifications are recommended if you are using Orchid on one computer in your business. Follow these specifications for the Solo, Standard, and Professional editions of Orchid. For adequate performance to run the software, please follow at least the minimum hardware specifications. For optimal performance, please follow at least the recommended hardware specifications.
ItemMinimumRecommended
Processor1.5 Ghz Intel Pentium or Better1.6 Ghz Intel Core i5 or Better
Memory2.0 GB4.0 GB
Free Hard Drive Space1.0 GB2.0 GB
Internet ConnectionRequiredHigh Speed Internet
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 & 8.0, Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit, all editions), Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP3, Home or Professional), Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008/R2, Windows Server 2003/R2
Screen Resolution1024 x 768 pixel minimum resolution required
Server Computer in Network
The following server specifications are for the server computer holding your database. You will have a server computer if you are using the Multi-Computer or Multi-Location edition of Orchid software. For all other computers in the network, follow specifications for “Single or Client Computers.”
ItemMinimumRecommended
Processor1.6 Ghz Intel Core i5 or Better2.66+ GHz Intel Core i5 or Better
Memory4.0 GB6.0 GB
Free Hard Drive Space1.0 GB2.0 GB
Internet ConnectionRequiredHigh Speed Internet
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 & 8.0, Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit, all editions), Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP3, Home or Professional), Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008/R2, Windows Server 2003/R2
Screen Resolution1024 x 768 pixel minimum resolution required
SQL Server Edition2-9 networked computers: SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (included free with Salon Iris)
10 or more computers: Full copy of Microsoft SQL Server Standard edition or higher
Multiple Locations
When running Orchid from multiple locations, each location will have a server and one or more client computers on the local network. All locations must be connected to the Internet, and be using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to share files and information between the locations.

For each location, follow the specifications listed under “Server Computer” for the computer holding the database (one per location), and the rest of the computers at each location (clients) should follow the specifications listed under “Single or Client Computer.” However, when using Orchid at multiple locations, you must have a full-time Internet connection at each location.

POS Hardware
If you are purchasing additional hardware, refer to the requirements below to determine the amount and type of ports your computer should have available per piece of hardware. Generally, hardware items will work with any operating system and with minimal hardware specifications.
Note: Orchid software will run on any PC, laptop, or netbook that meets the requirements listed, above. Orchid software will also run on a Mac computer if the Mac has Boot Camp or is running a Windows emulator such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion.