Industrial virtualization just got easier! Today at Embedded World 2014 in Germany, we’re excited to be introducing the Intel® Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series. This product family offers the benefits of virtualization in the industrial environment to many more companies and developers by enabling a mix of real-time and non-real-time workloads on a single computing device. The close collaboration between Intel and Wind River provides a synergy that includes a production-ready virtualization software stack with three preconfigured virtual machines (VMs). By lowering the cost, licensing and other development challenges to virtualization, this solution allows companies to innovate faster and go to market more quickly.
If you’re at the show, visit the Intel Stand in Hall 1, Space #320 to see the Baosight iCentroGate-GAP (ICG-GAP) integrated device-to-Internet solution for securing data acquisition that runs on a virtualized system consolidation platform. The solution enables secure data acquisition from a company’s industrial network as well as the secure transfer of that data to an external network—a big breakthrough for the Internet of Things (IoT) in industrial environments. According to Dong Wensheng, General Manager of Baosight’s R&D Division, the system consolidation series saved Baosight an estimated 60 percent of development time and 50 percent of development cost. You can also get more details from the Baosight case study.
Below are a few of the common questions that I’ve been talking with folks about at the show.
What do you mean when you say this makes virtualization easier?
We’ve made virtualization easy by doing all of the virtualization development and integration work for you. We’ve pre-integrated the hypervisor technology that provides virtualization with a mixture of real-time and non-real-time operating systems and then validated that with an Intel® technology-based hardware platform. We’ve even pre-certified it for many countries. We’ve also integrated all licensing into the platform. So aside from the product cost itself, there are no upfront costs around licensing, no development fees, and no tool cost. To the manufacturer, that means you don’t have to start from scratch. R&D costs are lower. Time to market for a consolidated platform is much quicker.
How is this platform ideal for industrial environments?
Industrial environments are unique in that there’s a mixture of real-time and non-real-time systems. Real-time systems include things like motion control, robotic control, and machine vision. Non-real-time systems refer to applications such as data acquisition or human machine interface. Our system consolidation products are ideal for this environment because they can support multiple applications on a single platform. Since there are fewer parts to provision and support, there are fewer points of failure and fewer subsystems mean lower costs.
What are the primary benefits?
Multi-core architectures, such as Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, provide the computing power needed to consolidate industrial systems and deliver real-time, deterministic performance. By consolidating devices using virtualization technology, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) developing industrial automation solutions can provide substantial benefits to their customers, such as:
- Lower overall solution cost
- Smaller factory footprint
- Reduced overall energy consumption
- Reduced integration cost
- Simpler security
- Easier system management
- Higher reliability
Debuting the Intel® Industrial System Consolidation Series: Part 2
Stay tuned for answers to more questions about Intel Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series in a sequel to this post. I’ll cover questions such as:
- Is there anything like it on the market today?
- What kind of companies should be using it?
- How can developers take advantage of it?
Learn more about Intel Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series at www.Intel.com/IndustrialConsolidation.
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