Invensys, Microsoft align cloud computing
Invensys Operations Management is migrate some Invensys applications to Microsoft's Azure cloud.
Invensys Operations Management, is aligning with Microsoft to migrate some Invensys applications to the Windows Azure cloud. By bringing together industrial thought and technology leaders, the alliance expands the company’s continuing relationship with Microsoft and will afford end users cloud-based offerings in the manufacturing and infrastructure operations space.
“We are excited to enter into this alliance, which further defines our position as a leading provider of automation solutions that help optimize manufacturing business operations in real time,” said Ravi Gopinath, president, Invensys Operations Management’s software business. “By offering cloud-based variants of our existing Historian and business process management solutions, we can help our customers lower costs, reduce systems complexity and cut hardware and software investments, while creating a high-performance environment for more agile operations management.”
Within the alliance, Microsoft will help Invensys accelerate the development of its Wonderware Historian and Workflow applications to enable them to run on the Windows Azure cloud. Initial development activities will extend existing Invensys solutions with managed history and reporting capabilities, as well as business process management on demand.
“Providing cloud-based reporting and collaboration services allows these customers to pay for what they use, which means they can better scale and manage their technology deployment costs,” said Walid Abu-Hadba, corporate vice president, developer and platform evangelism, at Microsoft. “It’s an attractive model for any customer that has widely distributed operations, limited IT resources or the need to rapidly scale. Customers will have the choice of different usage models, so they pay for only what they need.”
- Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering, www.plantengineering.com
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