It’s often difficult to fully understand the impact of modernizing an automation system and how an investment in fault-tolerant platforms from Stratus, along with updated Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) can deliver rapid results. For Columbia Pipeline Group (recently purchased by TransCanada) the answer is approximately $2.3 million in 2014 alone, even with a partial pipeline upgrade. Using the Stratus ftServer platform, which delivers high availability in excess of five nines (99.999%), Columbia has achieved an overall system-wide availability level of over 99.5%. Through having a virtualized platform with continuous availability, not only do the SCADA applications experience no unplanned downtime due to system failures, but no data loss means that asset management systems and IIoT predictive analytics applications can effectively control access and provide accurate data to maximize maintenance effectiveness.

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Hear Columbia Pipeline’s Steve Adams talk about his experience of using Stratus ftServer.