DeltaV and Virtualization

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Executive Summary

There are many new and maturing technologies that are becoming available to help improve management and to reduce the costs of deploying computers. One of these maturing technologies is called - "Virtualization" or - "Virtual machines". This technology is being used in general business solution and as it matures virtualization solutions are gaining wider acceptance for use in mission critical applications such as industrial process control. The purpose of this whitepaper is to document some of the unique needs of the process control industry in relation to the implementation of virtualization or virtual machines within a control system. It will present some of the work Emerson is doing regarding virtualization for use in the DeltaV Control System.

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