Honeywell Process Solutions announces the launch of the new Experion Virtualization Solutions package, an industry-leading turnkey blade solution optimised for virtualisation and the needs of the process control industry.
The Experion virtualization system will enable offshore oil and gas, refining and petrochemical customers to increase operations availability and reduce the total cost of ownership of their control system, saving them millions of dollars annually.
A concept introduced by Honeywell in 2010, virtualisation can be applied to industrial control systems, allowing processing plants and refineries to simplify their computing environments, streamline maintenance and reliability, and reduce the amount of hardware space needed at facilities such as floating offshore oil rigs, where space is at a premium.
Virtualisation is a major productivity and efficiency tool for commercial and industrial operations. Process controls typically need separate servers to support different applications, requiring additional space, hardware and significant maintenance costs. Virtualisation allows a single server to simultaneously run multiple operating systems and applications, insulating the operating systems from hardware changes, improving overall server utilisation, simplifying maintenance and reducing costs.
Leveraging blade server technology from IBM, the new Premium Platform of the Experion Virtualization family provides an alternate offering for the ultimate in lifecycle and availability features being demanded by the process industry. The Premium Platform reduces setup time by 90%, generates 40% more energy savings, has 22% greater density than alternative virtualised server platforms and allows recovery from a processor failure in minutes.
With customers demanding higher availability from their virtual environments, Jason Urso, vice president of technology, Honeywell Process Solutions says that virtualisation solutions using blade servers offer the extra layer of reliability, but also go beyond just reducing downtime to simplifying operations and allowing manufacturers to modernise their facilities and turn them into true business assets.
Honeywell chose the IBM BladeCenter S to power the new Premium Platform offering because of its highly integrated design especially in the area of storage, and its focus on markets where simplicity is critical. IBM’s long term support along with its significant worldwide support infrastructure and the maturity of this platform were also considered favourably.
Experion PKS is Honeywell’s flagship process control and automation system used by process manufacturers around the world.