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Cloud-Based SCADA Systems: The Benefits and Risks

2011-12-20 22:57:31views: 969ControlEngeneering

Cloud-Based SCADA Systems: The Benefits and Risks

Cloud computing is a hot topic. As people become increasingly reliant on accessing important information through the Internet, the idea of storing or displaying vital real-time data in the cloud has become more commonplace. With tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Google pushing forward the cloud computing concept, it seems to be more than just a passing trend. Recently the focus of cloud computing has started to shift from consumer-based applications to enterprise management systems. With the promise of less overhead, lower prices, quick installation, and easy scalability, cloud computing appears to be a very attractive option for many companies. Common questions surround this new technology: What is the "cloud"? What kind of information should be stored there? What are the benefits and risks involved? Is is moving toward cloud computing right for your company? Cloud computing is not a "fix-all" solution. It has strengths and weaknesses, and understanding them is key to making a decision about whether it’s right for your company. We'll explore the major benefits and risks involved, and give you a set of factors to consider when choosing what information to put on the cloud.

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Web Services and SCADA
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SCADA virtualisation with WinCC Version 7
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Cloud-Based SCADA Systems: The Benefits and Risks
2011-12-20 22:57:31views: 970

Cloud computing is a hot topic. As people become increasingly reliant on accessing important information through the Internet, the idea of storing or displaying vital real-time data in the cloud has become more commonplace. With tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Google pushing forward the cloud computing concept, it seems to be more than just a passing trend.

An alternative to DCS or PLC/SCADA
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Traditionally, users have had a choice between a DCS or a PLC/SCADA approach when selecting a control system for use in process control applications. A key benefit of traditional DCSs was that the suppliers took a ‘systems approach’ and it was designed for large scale applications.