IPC plus virtual machine for quick and flexible full system backup and transfer
Our client's instruments were connected to control computers that were getting too old, and the aging hardware was becoming prone to failure. The specialized instruments connected to these computers were still in working order, but the control computers were experiencing some difficulties that would put them offline for hours or days at a time.
With distributor constraints and hardware availability spotty at best, the reliability of the equipment became a concern and downtime increased. They were looking for a way to extend the working life of these computers with old operating systems and custom software that they cannot reinstall themselves
The answer was an IPC with virtualization software to backup their physical devices to virtual machines on the IPC. This case study takes a closer look at the constraints they faced and the hardware and software combination that was selected.