Embedded servers for automation are designed for non-stop operation

Embedded servers for automation are designed for non-stop operation

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By eeNews Europe

Conventional servers are not designed for “non-stop” capability and the extended life cycles required within process automation. The Captec AES Servers are designed to meet these demands using Industrial grade components, ingress protection, thermal stability, robust steel enclosures and undergoing extensive system testing for manufacturing automation.

The units are pre-loaded with Microsoft Server 2003 or 2008 for Embedded Systems with Hyper-V technology and are ready to run as embedded servers or as a high availability cluster. The latter provides failover support and full hardware redundancy by pairing two or more servers together, almost completely mitigating the possibility of computer unavailability.

The longevity of the Captec AES Series servers is critical for manufacturing processes to ensure continuity and mitigate risks of obsolescence and hardware change.  Equally of value to OEMs, System Integrators and Independent Software Vendors as their specialist applications do not need to be frequently re-coded.

The Hyper-V technology also means multiple server applications can be virtualised onto a single system, which significantly reduces cost as multiple instances of the OS can be virtualised with a single licence.

Extensions to the Captec AES range include four Application Ready Server configurations with the software pre-installed and ready to run. These include an SQL Server that keeps critical automation data secure with an advanced and scalable database. A Storage Server for optimal file storage. A Real-Time Server which reserves processing power for mission-critical automation operations that require deterministic responses within Microsoft Windows. A Threat Management Gateway Server to prevent cyber threats and unauthorised interference with automation systems.

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