It’s often difficult to fully understand the impact of modernizing automation systems with fault-tolerant platforms from Stratus, along with updated Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) can deliver rapid results. For Columbia Pipeline Group (recently purchased by TransCanada) the answer is approximately $2.3 million in 2014 alone. Even with a partial pipeline upgrade. Using the Stratus ftServer platform, which delivers high availability in excess of five nines (99.999%), Columbia has achieved an overall system-wide availability level of over 99.5%. Through having a virtualized platform with continuous availability, not only do the SCADA applications experience no unplanned downtime due to system failures, but no data loss means that asset management systems and IIoT predictive analytics applications can effectively control access and provide accurate data to maximize maintenance effectiveness.
John Fryer is the Senior Director Industry Solutions at Stratus Technologies, where he is responsible for go-to-market strategies and industry initiatives across all the company’s product lines. He has over 25 years of experience with systems and software products in a variety of engineering, marketing and executive roles at successful startups and major companies, including Motorola, Emerson Network Power and Oracle. His experience includes more than 15 years working with high-availability solutions for the enterprise, automation and networking industries.