Network Technology Summit Review, Part 2 – What’s Next for The Connected Enterprise

The Connected Enterprise, also known as digital transformation, is becoming an essential part of any business, offering minimized downtime, increased security, and better profitability. At our Network Technology Summit, our manufacturer partners reviewed new solutions to help upgrade your current practices.

In the first part of our event recap, we covered the best services and products to achieve a robust, secure plant floor network. Today, we review what you can expect next in the world of The Connected Enterprise.

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Industrial IT for The Connected Enterprise – Stratus Technologies

Standard servers aren’t enough in today’s modern digital environments. While virtualization is a good IT solution for quick recovery eliminating down time, Stratus Technologies suggests going a step further with hybrid/OT industrial solutions to prevent failure in the first place.

Virtualization consolidates servers for a great disaster recovery solution, but it also means that if one server does go down, it could have a greater impact the plant. OT industrial solutions don’t require multiple server and/or OS licenses or external storage. With ActiveServiceTM Architecture, the system isolates any faults, notifies Stratus that a Server CPU has failed, and automatically orders the correct replacement part. Normal plant processing continues through the entire process.

Stratus’s Fault-Tolerant Servers have:

  • Fully redundant hardware
  • Plug-and-play
  • Operational simplicity
  • No failover time
  • No data loss
  • Hot-swappable components
  • Single system-single license
  • 24/7/365 support service
  • 8- to 12-year lifespan

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The Future of The Connected Enterprise | Panduit

Panduit hosted a presentation on deploying a robust industrial physical network infrastructure. Ensuring that the physical network infrastructure is solid allows for flexibility to support current and future business needs.

When planning the logical network architecture, one must consider the physical network infrastructure to create a reliable, scalable, upgradeable design. In a typical flat network, all connections and network traffic go to one switch. With zone architecture, the network traffic is localized to improve network resiliency and capability and is more easily expandable. This also keeps IT support from needing access to the control panel.

With Switch Ready Network Zone Enclosures, you can move existing switches out of the control panel. This provides a more efficient and expandable infrastructure for future needs.

ThinManager | Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation presented a segment on ThinManager, which delivers The Connected Enterprise content in three ways:

  • By Device – mobile devices PCs
  • By User – individuals, user groups
  • By Location – facility, lines/areas, assets/devices

ThinManager centrally manages content, users and devices with a simple interface, and increases security as it has no locally stored data, and only shows content based on the user’s role. It also has PIN authentication and password caching, and multiple domain support.

What’s Next for Your Digital Transformation Journey?

Our Network Technology Summit was packed with valuable information, and we look forward to the opportunity to answer any questions you may have and share more details about how the topics covered can benefit your facility.

If you’d like to learn more about the Network Technology Summit or any of the solutions featured, please contact us today or reach out to your French Gerleman Account Manager.  You can also check out our Manufacturer’s Tool Box to learn more about how we can help you with connected technologies and strategies to improve your operations.

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