Virtualization Provides Benefits To Process Automation

The largest benefit to end users is the de-coupling of automation software from hardware.

Harry Forbes, Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group

Virtualization is the separation of an IT resource from specific physical hardware. This property is usually managed by a specialized software layer called a hypervisor, which provides another abstraction layer beyond that used by computer operating systems. Virtualization can be applied to servers, storage, desktops and networks and offers better security and easier system administration. In today’s market for process automation systems, many suppliers offer products and solutions that employ virtualization. Virtualization also plays an increasingly important role in ARC Advisory Group’s evolving Collaborative Process Automation System (CPAS) vision. Virtualization…

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