Server Virtualization Explained


Brian Fields, Stratus Channel Manager, discusses benefits and risks of virtual servers.

Brian Fields, Channel Manager of Stratus Technologies, provided an informative and well-paced presentation on server virtualization at the September Philadelphia Section meeting. Fields notes that server virtualization is being done in both the enterprise and in manufacturing — process and discrete. The benefits of server consolidation and virtualization are being achieved in both environments.

About 25 attended the meeting, which was held at Rumsey Electric in Conchohocken.

Instead of, say, having six servers doing six different functions, you can consolidate the six into one piece of hardware, says Fields. This can happen even if the six are running different operating systems or versions. Free software makes this possible.

Hypervisor software from leading companies such as VMware (vSphere / ESXi) and Microsoft (Hyper-V) manages the server hardware. Virtual machines running operating systems and applications run independently on top of the hypervisor.
Of course the single hardware server has to have sufficient cores and memory to run the virtual servers without degradation of performance.

Fields says that the concept applies to workstations as well. By downloading Microsoft Hyper-V to your PC, you can run Windows XP and Windows 10 on the same machine. Fields says that he does just that on his own computer.

“This allows me to operate my old scanner, which has drivers only for XP,” he says.

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Endress+Hauser signs Eastern Controls as rep

ECI_logo_200September 1, 2015 – Endress+Hauser signs Eastern Controls as rep for the Mid-Atlantic area – Metropolitan New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

ECI offers its customers a diverse and complimentary line of process control and instrumentation equipment along with services and solutions to support its customers. ECI‘s strength is in its people, who take pride in recognizing customer needs and providing solutions to meet their customers’ most challenging process measurement needs.

“Eastern Controls is proud to represent Endress+Hauser,” says Cliff McLaughlin Jr., President, Eastern Controls, Inc. “Combining one of the largest instrument manufacturers in the world with the premier process controls representative in the Mid-Atlantic region creates an extremely talented, passionate, and dynamic team of industry experts. We are extremely excited about our partnership with Endress+Hauser and look forward to supporting our customers’ requirements with some of the finest products available to the market.”

Coinciding with this strategic venture, Eastern Controls has acquired Philip R. Walker Associates of Cockeysville, Maryland. This new addition combines all of the talent, experience and product offerings of both companies under the umbrella of Eastern Controls. Both firms have served the Maryland and Washington DC area for over 40 years.

In addition, Eastern Controls, Inc. will also become the new home of Endress+Hauser’s PTU (Process Training Unit). The PTU features Endress+Hauser instrumentation and is controlled by Rockwell Automation’s PlantPAx system designed for the purpose of educating customer technicians, engineers, customers, and sales personnel. Continue reading

Server Virtualization for Automation Systems

Server Virtualization for Automation Systems

September speaker:
Brian Fields, Stratus Technologies, Channel Manager / Northeast US.
Brian Fields holds a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and has held various software development, consulting, and sales positions with IBM Canada, CrownTek (IT Services), and Stratus Technologies.


Server Virtualization for Automation Systems
Presentation addresses the benefits, and risks, of virtualizing your critical manufacturing applications.

Manufacturers are adopting new IT solutions on an unprecedented scale to meet efficiency, quality and regulatory compliance goals. Any time that you rely on complex integrated IT solutions in production environments, service interruptions quickly become unacceptable.

As computing servers become increasingly more powerful, organizations are employing virtualization technologies to consolidate multiple applications (SCADA/HMI, Historian, Terminal Services) onto single hardware systems to reduce costs and simplify operations. Continue reading

There’s still time to register for ISA’s Technical Training Camp—Philadelphia 2015!

Sponsored by the ISA Philadelphia Section

4502-main-art-layers_01Over several weeks in August 2015, ISA’s world-renowned subject-matter experts will assemble in King of Prussia, PA, USA, to conduct ISA’s most popular, world-class technician, automation engineering, safety, and security courses.

Weeks 3–4: Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) Boot Camp

Take advantage of two back-to-back weeks of escalating process safety training starting with two introductory safety courses followed by two advanced safety courses.

Part 1: 17–21 August 2015

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Electrical to Instrumentation Cross Training Boot Camp (XTBC)

ISA HQ | RTP, NC, USA |28 Sept. – 2 Oct. 2015

 XTBC - Extreme Instrumentality: Electrical to Instrumentation Cross Training Boot Camp ( September 2015 NC)

XTBC – Extreme Instrumentality: Electrical to Instrumentation Cross Training Boot Camp ( September 2015 NC)

ISA Training — This class focuses on the knowledge and skills-sets required to function as an instrument maintenance technician.

The electrical skills-set possessed by a trained electrician will serve as basis for expansion to include the skills-set required to maintain an instrument control system.

Process measurement techniques, measurement and control equipment, calibrations techniques and calibration equipment will be discussed and utilized in numerous hands-on lab sessions.

The knowledge and skill-sets gained from attending this class will lead the student to become an asset to an I&E maintenance team. Continue reading

Discover the heights of your true potential

Attend ISA Technical Training Camp—Philadelphia 2015:

Presented by ISA and the ISA Philadelphia Section

The courage to challenge people

The courage to challenge people

Online  —  By attending one or more of the intensive, technical training events that make up ISA Technical Training Camp, you’ll attain the comprehensive, in-depth training you need to reach your true potential.

During four consecutive weeks in August, ISA’s world-renowned subject-matter experts will assemble in Pennsylvania to provide intensive, world-class technician skills, automation engineering, safety and security courses with these outstanding benefits:

  • Highly condensed, rigorous instruction that speeds learning and mastery of skills while saving time and expenses
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for each course successfully completed
  • The opportunity to take multiple ISA training courses at one location

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