Industrial users often have hardware that is custom designed to meet their control system needs. What happens when a machine crashes? Can additional pieces of hardware still be purchased? Is there a way to rebuild from scratch if needed? Typically, when the hardware or operating system malfunctions, both have to be replaced. For older operating systems, this possibility is an extremely large risk. With virtualization, a middle layer can be added between the hardware and the software, giving the industrial user an easy way to purchase new hardware without affecting the software load. By virtualizing the olderĀ operating system, industrial users have an effective and easier way to replace the hardware through:

  • Taking faster backups of the system
  • Rolling system changes back, if the changes cause adverse effects
  • Running an older operating system on modern hardware

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