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Honeywell offers the industry’s most complete portfolio of turnkey virtualization solutions for process automation. Experion® virtualization solutions offer significant benefits when implemented at new as well as existing plants and help users reduce the lifecycle management costs of their automation systems.

​Experion virtualization solutions include:

  • Virtual Infrastructure: It comprises the software and hardware needed to run virtual machines, including software from VMware and hardware offerings from a range of manufacturers.

  • Virtualization-ready Applications: These include applications tested and certified for virtual environments across the entire control, optimization and business layers of Honeywell’s software portfolio.

  • Virtualization Solutions: Honeywell is creating a range of virtualization-enabled solutions that solve new problems or existing problems in a superior way. This includes the Experion Backup Control Center solution and Off-Process Development solution.

  • Virtualization Support Services: These include pre-sales to after-market services support to help users assess, design, implement and manage their virtualized systems.

Honeywell now offers a Premium Platform for Experion virtualization solutions that uses blade server technology to deliver advanced capabilities, including automatic host recovery and upgrades with zero operational disruption. In addition, the platform provides a longer lifecycle, reduced facility footprint and remote management capabilities in a pre-configured package, saving users time to deploy.

​Virtualization emulates the various layers of a typical computing environment. Through a process of abstraction, it removes many of the limitations experienced when dealing directly with these layers.

In the context of process control systems, many of today’s manufacturers require separate servers to support different applications. Virtualization allows a single server to simultaneously run multiple operating systems and applications. It does this while insulating these virtual machines from the underlying hardware and also from each other. Virtualization also encapsulates these virtual machines in a single set of files that can be moved to different locations or duplicated, thereby allowing new machines to be generated with ease.

​For those building new plants, Experion virtualization solutions enable extended design freeze dates, delayed computer hardware purchases and the option of virtual Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) to validate configurations remotely. Specific applications like floating or offshore oil and gas operations can benefit greatly from the smaller footprint of the virtual solution as well as cost reductions due to reduced power consumption and weight. These footprint reductions can be up to 80% compared to traditional implementations.

For existing users, Experion virtualization solutions significantly reduce system lifecycle management costs by as much as 30% via non-disruptive computer hardware upgrades, insulation of operating system to computer hardware dependencies, simplified maintenance and provisioning of control system computer nodes, more efficient upgrades, greatly reduced physical node count and increased system availability.

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Project Engineering EfficiencyIncrease project efficiency with virtualized system engineering and navigate the world with open systems and changing technologies.962.14 KBPresentation24 May 2013
Experion Backup Control Center PINHoneywell’s Experion Backup Control Center (BCC) solution automates the key elements of disaster recovery, making it possible for industrial operations to provide faster, more reliable, and more affordable disaster recovery protection than previously possible.197.33 KBProduct Information Note26 Jun 2012
Experion Off Process Solution PIN The Experion® Off-process Test and Development solution enables end users to validate patches and perform upgrades and engineering changes in a controlled, secure off-process environment, employing virtualization-enabled capabilities. 48.59 KBProduct Information Note11 Jun 2012
Experion Virtualization Solutions- Product Information NoteExperion Virtualization Solutions lead the industry with a turnkey approach to bringing major benefits of virtualization to users in the process industries.253.92 KBProduct Information Note8 Jun 2012
Virtualization Reduces the Cost of Supporting Open Industrial Control SystemsVirtualization WP presented at HUG 2009629.25 KBWhitepaper12 Jun 2009
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HPS-Virtualization-FAQHoneywell HPS Virtualization FAQ178.18 KBSupport Document9 Jul 2011
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Progress Energy Minimizes Hardware Cost with Experion PKS VirtualizationProgress Energy replaces older control room HMI technology with the Experion HMI, using virtualization to reduce costs.204.88 KB8 Jan 2013
SuccessStory-Geismar-VirtualizationGeismar Chemical Facility Implements Virtualization Technology Improving Efficiency and Availability 205.93 KB19 May 2011

Training, maintenance and support are critical aspects to consider when choosing a technology partner. Honeywell offers world-class training through our Automation College as well as comprehensive maintenance and support services designed to leverage your physical and intellectual assets and help you sustain and increase their value and performance over time.

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