Virtualization

In many office environments, IT virtualization is an already common standard in many businesses and industries. In principle the virtualization scope encompasses the replacement of the Human Machine Interfaces running on a dedicated personal computer by a bare metal hypervisory server (blade server) combined with a user screens only. This results into users (e.g. plant operator) only utilize the screen to show and work with any authorized application available on the server. The virtualization will lead to:

  • Reduced maintenance costs.
  • No business interruption for upgrades.
  • Reduced hardware footprint (units & costs).
  • increased IT cyber security.
 

VONK has developed a virtualization portfolio which supports our clients in the Oil & Gas Industry. We have combined our years of experience and expertise in brown field rejuvenations with our virtualization know how to upgrade our client’s facilities and plants to the highest standards currently available. These upgrades allow our client to benefit from lower maintenance costs, decreased footprints, no upgrade interruptions and increased cyber security.

Virtualization is nowadays considered proven technology in the IT world and is now rapidly expanding in the Process Control Domain (PCD). With the growing number of computers and complexity, virtualization is a proven way to regain control over the IT landscape within the PCD by :

  • limiting expenses for administration, space and service.
  • Increasing efficiency and availability
  • Ultimately leading to reduced Operational Expenditure (OPEX)
  • Better manageable Capital Expenditure (CAPEX).


Having experience with the latest technology in the field of virtualization we are able to guide our clients through the process of implementing an virtualized environment. Not only the IT layer is affected but it also affects the PCD/IT domain and even in some cases the level of the I/O and instruments. Firmware of all layers in the architecture do need to be compatible with the application running on the virtual machine.

We understand and have working knowledge of these impacts from different vendors having virtualized application running
on blade servers.


EAPCM Specialist
VONK being considered the EAPCM (Electrical & Automation Project and Contractor Management) specialist in the Oil and Gas. In this position we function also as a brand independent system integrator of Process Automation Control and Optimization (PACO), Safety and Electrical systems. This expertise combined with our virtualization know-how provides the required level of vertical and horizontal project and system integration to assure the OPEX and CAPEX objectives.

Providing vertical integration in the PACO and Electrical domain, VONK controls:

  • Internet, Office domain, Plant Control Domain, Control Network and Instruments
  • Grid management, ENMC design, Power Management up to and including electrical consumers


In the horizontal integration VONK integrates multiple disciplines, managing and assuming responsibility as a “ONE STOP SHOP” over the various disciplines. VONK’s strengths lie in interface management and assurance for the overall system functionality including the balance of systems and plants.

 

Software as a Service (SaaS)
Vonk has developed Software as a Service (SaaS) integration platforms (or SIPs) philosophy for SaaS applications. SaaS had moved beyond standalone software functionality to become a platform for mission-critical applications.

SaaS is a way of delivering applications over the LAN/WAN as a service. This service is an addition to the virtualized system. Instead of installing and maintaining software, you simply access it via the LAN/WAN, freeing yourself from complex software and hardware management.

SaaS applications run on SaaS servers. The provider manages access to the application, including security, availability, and performance.

A multitenant architecture, in which all users and applications share a single, common infrastructure and software base that is centrally maintained (virtualization). Because SaaS vendor clients are all on the same infrastructure and software base, vendors can innovate more quickly and save the valuable production and maintenance time previously spent on maintaining numerous versions of systems.

The ability for each user to easily customize applications to fit their business processes without affecting the common infrastructure. Because of the way SaaS is architected, these customizations are unique to each company or user and are always preserved through upgrades. The customized SaaS approach Vonk creates a means for SaaS providers to:

  • Make upgrades more often.
  • Lower the customer risks
  • Lower adoption cost.


In Summary
For any virtualization initiative Vonk can consult on the best strategy and scope for virtualization in your plant. In this advice we will take into account aspects like existing service contracts, technical developments, cyber security, etc. Based on your current systems, their forecasted obsolescence, future developments and asset life cycle a team of Vonk specialists will define which level of virtualization would be your best ‘fit for purpose’ and what would be the most cost effective way to achieve the implementation.

In the Vonk approach to “WE THINK AND DO” , the execution of the virtualization works will be managed by our project team specialized and capable of:

  • Delivering a virtualization projects in a secure and safe manner
  • Exceeding project expectations
  • In close cooperation and collaboration with OEM vendors and plant operations.

 

Additionally, we deliver small scale virtualized solutions for legacy applications running on obsolete hardware and Operating Systems, aimed at extending lifetime without costly software migrations.

Virtualization benefits are;

  • OPEX costs.
    -Reduced/no downtime during upgrades
    -Less hardware to maintain
  • Reduced and better manageable CAPEX cost
  • Always being able to maintain highest cyber security levels
  • High systems availability
  • No redundant solutions and obsolete hardware
  • Reduced space requirements (less server hardware required)
  • Remote Access for users and maintenance leading to reduced
  • logistic movements especially to remote locations
  • Flexibility in maintenance
    - Easy upgrades of OS and application
    - Replacement of hardware in a running environment
    - Ability to move of virtual machines

 

We are pleased to cooperate with you to reduce your OPEX and manage your CAPEX.
Please see our contact details.

 

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