Virtualizing Automation Systems: Advantages and Challenges

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Program Manager: Noah Cockroft, Account Manager, Life Sciences Caltrol, Inc.

Moderator: Justin Cantor, Chief Strategy Officer, PSC Biotech

Guillermo Cisneros, Automation Services Manager, Caltrol, Inc.
Jaideep Raje, Manager Automation Engineering, Takeda Los Angeles

Background: Automation Infrastructure has been based on physical servers for individual applications within separate automation systems. This architecture results in a high number of physical servers, switches, wiring (power and communication) and other infrastructure components, which leads to more points of failure and system administration and monitoring.

Virtualization converts all physical servers from different automation systems into virtual machines hosted by a single physical machine, called the Virtual Environment/Chassis. Every virtual machine has memory and processing requirements, like a physical machine. These are software configured buckets in a single big physical machine (virtual chassis). This reduces automation infrastructure components significantly (by factor of > 10), significantly reducing points of failure and system administration efforts.


  • Current Situation
  • Implementation and Integration
  • Why Virtualization
  • Architecture
  • Cost Analysis
  • Management


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