InduSoft has released a new white paper that describes how cloud-based SCADA systems can cut software costs while providing the latest technologies each time a user logs into the system.
Titled ‘Cloud Computing for SCADA’, the white paper explains how moving all or part of SCADA applications to the cloud can cut costs significantly while dramatically increasing reliability and scalability.
Cloud-based computing offers users IT services and features that are accessed via the Internet such as networks, applications, redundancy, data storage and more. By utilising cloud-based SCADA, companies can significantly reduce costs, achieve greater reliability and enhance functionality.
Cloud computing eliminates the need for companies to purchase hardware and software licenses, or create disaster recovery sites they may never use. Resources are procured on demand when required, helping them reduce costs significantly. The cloud also inherently provides more secure redundancy as data is saved on several servers in various geographic locations.
In addition to eliminating the expenses and problems related to the hardware layer of IT infrastructure, cloud-based SCADA users can also view data and receive alarms via smartphones, tablet computers, SMS text messages and email. This feature is especially attractive to users whose traditional SCADA systems do not provide the capability to easily develop screens for smaller devices or web browsers.
Concerns about the security of cloud-based SCADA systems are constantly being addressed through various security measures. Finding a good, reputable cloud provider is essential to safeguarding data. A cloud provider should use the most advanced security technologies and have dedicated security teams to keep abreast of the newest security methods.
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