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What does it take to eliminate unplanned downtime and future-proof automation system assets?

6.16.2016Cost of Downtime, Fault Tolerance, High Availability, IIoT, Industrial Automation, technical webinar, uptimeBy: Craig Resnick of the ARC Advisory Group shared his insights on how to eliminate unplanned downtime and future-proof automation system assets in a recent webinar. The webinar reviewed the ever-present consequences that can occur from unplanned downtime and some of the leading causes. Strategies to reduce unplanned downtime through implementing updated SCADA systems and using technologies such as virtualization and fault-tolerant computers were discussed, as well as how organizations can leverage those strategies to prepare for the coming wave IIoT.

Here’s a summary of the key take-aways:

  • Understanding the true impact of unplanned downtime can lead to a better understanding of where investments can be made in automation systems to reduce such events.
  • Unplanned downtime can occur from a variety of areas, including human errors, failure of assets that are not part of the direct supervisory and control chain, and failure of the SCADA systems themselves. The result is lowered OEE, decreased efficiency and reduced profitability.
  • Adopting standards-based platforms and implementing technologies such as virtualization can consolidate SCADA server infrastructure and deliver a range of benefits, such as simplified management, easy testing and upgrading of existing and new applications and preparation for the IIoT.
  • When virtualizing it is important to understand that you need to protect your server assets, as moving everything to a single virtualized platform means that everything fails if the platform fails. There are various strategies to prevent this, but it is important to ensure that you don’t swap the complexity of a single server per application for a complex failure recovery mechanism in a virtualized environment.
  • Fault-tolerant platforms are a key way to avoid this complexity, delivering simplicity and reliability in virtualized implementations, eliminating unplanned downtime and preventing data loss – a critical element in many automation environments, and essential for IIoT analytics. It is important to note that disaster recovery should not be confused with fault-tolerance. DR provides geographic redundancy in case of catastrophic failures, but will not prevent some downtime of data loss. In fact fault-tolerance and DR are complementary and they are often implemented together.
  • IIoT is driving OT and IT together so it is important to understand the priorities of each organization. In fact, OT & IT share a lot of common ground when it comes to key issues and this is a good starting point to cooperate in the move towards IIoT. Common requirements include no unscheduled downtime, cyber-security, the need for scalable and upgradeable systems and applications, as well as measurable increases in ROI, ROA and KPI’s. Last but not least is future-proofing systems and preparation for future IIoT applications.

This webinar is a good way to start the process of looking into what needs to be considered for upgrading and modernizing automation compute assets, using technologies such as virtualization and fault tolerance, as the industry evolves to increased levels of efficiency and moves towards implementing IIoT.

 
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Solid State Disks

4.18.2012Fault Tolerance, Fault Tolerant Storage, High Availability, technical webinar, uptimeBy: Solid state storage has been available for many years as a means to accelerate IO operations and reduce latency.  However, they have historically been relegated to niches that placed a high enough value on performance that they were willing to accept the price premium.

Recently, a new generation of solid state devices has emerged.  Using the latest in memory technology and powered by sophisticated controllers these devices deliver the performance equivalent of multiple hard disk drives at a fraction of the cost of previous generation solid state devices. But all solid state storage is not equal and not for everyone.

In this webcast, Dan Fallon is a Product Manager for Stratus Technologies discusses the basics of solid state storage, the various methods used to deliver the technology, performance capabilities, and future directions for solid state.

ftServer Management Technical Webinar

12.19.2011Cost of Downtime, Fault Tolerance, technical webinarBy: Stratus® ftServer® systems are designed to use industry-standard hardware components and to support off-the-shelf operating systems so that they appear as standard x86 servers to third-party management tools. By adhering to industry-standard protocols, Stratus provides a suite of tools to manage ftServer systems both locally and remotely and to integrate them with a wide variety of third party management tools.

More importantly, this management capability is augmented by the fault-tolerant architecture of the ftServer system itself and the robust Service and Proactive Availability Management that back it up. This combination insures that ftServer systems seamlessly integrate within existing management frameworks and that they provide the highest levels of uptime and ease of management.

This session describes the tools available for monitoring and managing ftServer systems in a variety of scenarios ranging from local or remote configuration of a single server to integration with an enterprise management software suite controlling a large-scale heterogeneous server infrastructure.

Implementing PCI Standarsd on VOS

12.5.2011Mission Critical, technical webinar, TechnologyBy: Jon E. Schmidt, President and Founder of Transaction Design, Inc. (TDI), explains how your VOS system can be PCI compliant.

From Jon: “Industry regulations have changed dramatically in the last 20 years. Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI, and HIPAA have put in place requirements for much tighter security and control of computer environments than ever before. The consequences of losing control of one’s data can be disastrous. Just look at today’s headlines.

This seminar will describe how the LTS/OnGuard security software helps secure and audit the Stratus VOS environment in accordance with today’s regulations. LTS/OnGuard has helped worldwide banks and other institutions control and audit the security of their systems.
The seminar will show how LTS/OnGuard helps bring the VOS environment into compliance with corporate security standards and industry regulations.

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ftServer System Management Technical Webinar coming up!

11.16.2011Fault Tolerance, Mission Critical, technical webinar, TechnologyBy: Stratus® ftServer® systems are designed to use industry-standard hardware components and to support off-the-shelf operating systems so that they appear as standard x86 servers to third-party management tools. By adhering to industry-standard protocols, Stratus provides a suite of tools to manage ftServer systems both locally and remotely and to integrate them with a wide variety of third party management tools.

More importantly, this management capability is augmented by the fault-tolerant architecture of the ftServer system itself and the robust Service and Proactive Availability Management that back it up. This combination insures that ftServer systems seamlessly integrate within existing management frameworks and that they provide the highest levels of uptime and ease of management.

This session describes the tools available for monitoring and managing ftServer systems in a variety of scenarios ranging from local or remote configuration of a single server to integration with an enterprise management software suite controlling a large-scale heterogeneous server infrastructure.

 

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Time: 10:00AM ET

Speaker: Dan Fallon is a Consulting Product Manager for Stratus Technologies, Inc. He has over twenty years of experience managing a variety of hardware and software products in the computer industry. Dan is currently responsible for the Operating System and Storage product portfolio for the Stratus ftServer line of fault-tolerant servers.

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Automated Uptime Layer Technical Webinar

10.20.2011Fault Tolerance, High Availability, technical webinarBy: This webinar aims to educate customers on how the Automated Uptime Layer takes the complexity and uncertainly out of the monitoring and management your most mission critical applications. Uptime Assurance is always Stratus’ first priority and we’ll teach you how to remove the worry and guesswork out of the availability of your business critical applications.

Leveraging more than 30 years of technology innovations, Stratus’ Automated Uptime Layer for ftServer Systems creates an availability-supporting ecosystem that detects, isolates and resolves faults before they cause downtime. Unique in the industry, this layer provides reliability and fault-tolerant features for motherboards, processors, memory and I/O buses and devices. It also simplifies monitoring and management of the server, and enables remote service and support.

Still have questions? Ask them in the comments, or tweet us @Stratus4Uptime. We’ll get right back to you.

Automated Uptime Layer Technical Webinar

10.4.2011High Availability, technical webinar, Technology, uptimeBy: Automated Uptime layer for Stratus ftServer Systems Technical Webinar

Leveraging more than 30 years of technology innovations, Stratus’ Automated Uptime Layer for ftServer Systems creates an availability-supporting ecosystem that detects, isolates and resolves faults before they cause downtime. Unique in the industry, this layer provides reliability and fault-tolerant features for motherboards, processors, memory and I/O buses and devices. It also simplifies monitoring and management of the server, and enables remote service and support. Come to this technical seminar to learn how the Automated Uptime Layer takes the complexity and uncertainly out of the monitoring and management your most mission critical applications.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Time: 10:00am ET
Speaker: Mike Everett, Product Line Manager, Stratus Technologies

Mike Everett is a Product Line Manager for Stratus Technologies. He has over 30 years of global sales and marketing experience in the computer, enterprise software, networking and telecommunications industries. Mike is the marketing leader responsible for the strategy and delivery our Avance Software, ftServer platforms and options.

ftServer Service Program Update Video

9.19.2011Fault Tolerance, MS SQL, SLA, technical webinar, vmwareBy: v id="webcontent_0_wrappercontent_1_middlecontent_1_contentcontent_2_pagecontentcontent_0_leftcontentcontent_0_rptResults_ctl01_pnlSummary">With the recent announcement of the new ftServices portfolio , Stratus delivers the world’s most aggressive response, resolution and uptime commitments for business-critical Windows, Linux and VMware operating environments. Stratus is the IT industry’s only vendor with proactive service programs providing root-cause problem analysis for platforms and operating systems. Our global 24×7 network of customer assistance centers not only provide immediate response to any customer support request, but also offer in-depth engineering-level response for the most critical problems in less than 15 minutes.
Presented by Sue Nemetz, Director, Services Business Development.

Mission Critical SQL Server Technical Webinar

7.22.2011Cost of Downtime, Fault Tolerance, High Availability, Mission Critical, MS SQL, technical webinarBy: While Stratus has been a global leader in Uptime Assurance for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server customers for many years, recent performance advances in Xeon server technology and related storage subsystems has extended Stratus well into the world of legacy UNIX systems and databases. Coupled with SQL Server 2008R2, an exciting new market opportunity has developed – Mission Critical SQL running on Stratus ftServers. Now you can learn how to deploy a more available mission critical Windows/SQL based solution for less than a comparable UNIX alternative such as Oracle RAC. Learn how Stratus’s Uptime Assurance extends the HA Failover Clustering options for SQL and provide a superior solution.

Speaker: Dan Fallon is a Consulting Product Manager for Stratus Technologies, Inc. He has over twenty years of experience managing a variety of hardware and software products in the computer industry. Dan is currently responsible for the Operating System and Storage product portfolio for the Stratus ftServer line of fault-tolerant servers.

Second Generation ftScalable Storage Technical Webinar

6.30.2011Fault Tolerance, Fault Tolerant Storage, technical webinarBy: While Stratus has been a global leader in Uptime Assurance for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server customers for many years, recent performance advances in Xeon server technology and related storage subsystems has extended Stratus well into the world of legacy UNIX systems and databases. Coupled with SQL Server 2008R2, an exciting new market opportunity has developed – Mission Critical SQL running on Stratus ftServers. Now you can learn how to deploy a more available mission critical Windows/SQL based solution for less than a comparable UNIX alternative such as Oracle RAC. Learn how Stratus’s Uptime Assurance extends the HA Failover Clustering options for SQL and provide a superior solution.

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Time: 10:00AM ET

Speaker: Dan Fallon is a Consulting Product Manager for Stratus Technologies, Inc. He has over twenty years of experience managing a variety of hardware and software products in the computer industry. Dan is currently responsible for the Operating System and Storage product portfolio for the Stratus ftServer line of fault-tolerant servers.

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