Comprehensive virtualisation solution

06 September 2011

Honeywell has announced the availability of virtualisation support for its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) for both DCS and SCADA applications which are said to establish the company as the only process industry vendor to offer a comprehensive virtualisation solution.

The process control environment requires separate servers to support different applications. These issues can be resolved by virtualisation, which allows a single server to simultaneously run multiple operating systems and applications. It is also said to improve reliability by insulating the operating systems from hardware changes, resulting in lower operational costs.

A recent study by Gartner showed that over 40% of servers are virtualised today and that figure is expected to rise to 75% by 2015. Honeywell’s holistic approach encompasses the delivery and support of the virtualisation infrastructure, tailored to the needs of the process control industry. Additionally, the company provides a range of applications that can be supported through virtualisation, providing a complete solution out of the box.

“As the broad shift in the IT industry towards virtualisation extends to the industrial marketplace, it is becoming more common to see applications and infrastructure deployed virtually rather than physically,” said Paul Hodge, Experion Infrastructure & HMI product manager at Honeywell Process Solutions. “Honeywell is the only company able to deliver total virtualisation support for process automation environments. We see this as game-changing, and our offerings have been developed as strategic, long-term automation tools.”

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