Now, virtual appliances are just as fast as physical hardware appliances.
Equipping your plant with virtualized appliances is the simplest, most cost-efficient and most reliable way to bring your plant out of the information
dark ages and into the sunlight of intelligent manufacturing. This is the approach taken by engineers who prefer standardization over customization across the world.
Five benefits of virtualized appliances
Historically, physical hardware appliances have been faster than their virtual counterparts. Today, speed is no longer an issue and the benefits of virtual appliances
are numerous. Here are the top five benefits:
- Reduce downtime risk and Improve network security. Virtualization provides robust failover schemes that dramatically reduce the risk of downtime since applications
and data are duplicated and made instantly available to keep critical applications available. Also, t’s difficult to keep up with constant security threats if you’re still
using multiple workstations and many operating system versions. Decoupling software from hardware insulates production equipment from the danger of security threats because
they’re eliminated at the server level.
- Make a one-time investment. When you build a virtualized system using appliances, you’ll reduce need to replace hardware, add servers or update software applications – often
simply copy images from the old system to your new equipment or install a new image to unlock new capabilities using your same appliance infrastructure. Unlike pieced-together
systems, each new appliance investment represents the total, all-inclusive costs for that equipment.
- Get up and running faster. Deployment is simple and streamlined when you install an appliance. All hardware is preassembled, tested and validated – eliminating days
or even weeks of onsite assembly, installation and configuration.
- Make better use of resources – and cut costs. Server utilization for most plants is only about 12 percent of capacity, according to industry estimates. Idle
servers waste power and equipment, especially if you’re running dozens of machines, each with its own dedicated physical server. In a virtualized plant environment,
storage capacity is centralized and shared across the enterprise, along with all software applications – eliminating the need to add costly server storage, upgrade
PCs or software, or add more software licenses.
- Scale easily, grow sustainably. Whether you need to add machine sensors or meters, virtualization allows you to easily bring new components, software and upgrades
online as you need them – scaling up and growing your capacity without installing new servers, hardware or databases. Simply copy object images from your old system to
your new system.