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What are the ICIS Environments?

ICIS has three separate hardware/software environments:
  1. ICIS Production
  2. ICIS Test
  3. ICIS Stage

Within two weeks of deploying a new version of the ICIS software to Test, this version is deployed to ICIS Production.  Synchronizing ICIS Stage with the latest version occurs less frequently, about every quarter.

Each environment consists of four servers:
Web Server
serves up the web pages (screens)
Application Server
contains the application software
Database Server
contains the ICIS data, including reference tables and system logs
Business Objects Business Intelligence Server
contains the BO-BI 4.2 software, including WebIntelligence (Webi) standard reports, Webi Universe reports, Crystal Reports, etc.
 

ICIS Production:  https://icis.epa.gov

  • This is the operational system environment used nationwide for the collection and management of enforcement, compliance and NPDES permitting data for the Federal Enforcement and Compliance program, the CWA NPDES Program and, as of October 27, 2014, the CAA Stationary Source program.
  • Facility data is reconciled monthly with the Facility Registry System (FRS)
  • Federal End-of-Year Data Certification, Reporting and the AA’s Regional Progress meetings use this data
  • The OECA Suite of Measures (OSMS) Dashboard uses this data
  • PCS Archive data can be accessed via the BO-BI; as of December 31, AFS Archive data will be accessed via BO-BI
  • All EDT (Batch), ETLs,”Nightlies”, and Unofficial Incremental QNCR processes are enabled
  • Official and Unofficial RNC and Official QNCR are run on a designated schedule
  • Production NetDMR Tool transmits data to this environment
  • Production NeT Tool transmits data to this environment

ICIS Test: https://icistest.epa.gov

  • This environment “mirrors” the Production environment
  • Used to test and verify new releases of ICIS (software defect fixes, data fixes, enhancements) before applying to Production
  • All Batch, ETL,”Nightlies”, and Unofficial Incremental QNCR processes are enabled
  • Official and Unofficial RNC and Official QNCR are run by request only
  • Test NeT Tool uses this environment

ICIS Stage: https://icisstage.epa.gov

This environment is used to support :
  • ICIS Training
  • NetDMR Training by HQ or states
  • Testing of new releases of the NetDMR e-Reporting Tool (NetDMR Test db connects to the ICIS Test db)
  • Ongoing testing of NPDES dataflows by NPDES states using OpenNode2 Plug-in 
  • Currently, contains a copy of Production data with sensitive data removed
  • All Batch, ETL,”Nightlies”, and Unofficial Incremental QNCR processes are enabled
  • Official and Unofficial RNC and Official QNCR are run by request only
  • ICISDA Test connects to the ICIS Stage database.

ICIS Copy Database (database only)

  • Copy of the ICIS Production database 
  • Refreshed nightly from Production (data is one day behind Prod ICIS)
  • ECHO is refreshed with data from this environment
  • The Water Pollutant Loading Tool uses this database
  • Not accessible via the ICIS application or BO-BI
  • Only available to EPA and their contractors
  • ICISDA Production dataflow connects to the ICIS Copy database. 
 
 
 
 
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