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Your Next Favorite Acronym – TRM!

Your Next Favorite Acronym – TRM!

By Ron Breault Even if you went on a really long vacation this summer, perhaps backpacking deep into California's John Muir trail, you've probably heard at least something about all the work that's been going on in The Open Group's Open Process Automation Forum, or OPAF.  I'll make the assumption here that you have some familiarity with OPAF, if not…
The Critical Infrastructure Challenge: Developing and Supporting Software for the Long Term

The Critical Infrastructure Challenge: Developing and Supporting Software for the Long Term

By Gareth Noyes Software content is increasing in every realm of technology, and has been the catalyst for the explosive growth of entirely new market sectors. The development and deployment of software at scale has matured significantly over the last decade in enterprise- and cloud-IT applications. This has been enabled, among other factors, by: Uniformity of computing infrastructure (think of…
Generating Heat in Houston

Generating Heat in Houston

By Ron Breault Last week I traveled to Houston to participate in the latest face-to-face meeting of the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF).  OPAF is a relatively new organization, formed under the auspices of The Open Group and driven by the vision of a “standards-based, open, secure, and interoperable process control architecture.”  When I say “driven,” I’m not kidding; compared…
Powering factory efficiencies and cost-effectiveness with Workload Consolidation

Powering factory efficiencies and cost-effectiveness with Workload Consolidation

By Jeff Kataoka Global industries are going through a major transformation as a result of both digital transformation and the never ceasing need to become more cost efficient.  New factories are being built in Asia, Europe, and Latin America as developing countries strive to grow their industrial infrastructure.  As they do that, these countries are using new technologies to establish…
OpenCV on VxWorks enables intelligence at the edge

OpenCV on VxWorks enables intelligence at the edge

By Ka Kay Achacoso When a wind turbine collects sensor data about its surrounding environment, or an off-shore oil rig logs its readings into its records, the data can be analyzed for decision-making factors: Are the sudden changes in engine noise an indication of wear?  Are there any flying objects headed towards danger zones? Are the engine settings optimal for…
Maintaining Virtualized Networks the Easy Way

Maintaining Virtualized Networks the Easy Way

By Jeff Gowan Network virtualization gives critical infrastructure operators unprecedented flexibility and choice when it comes to selecting software-based networking solutions. The separation of software from purpose-built hardware frees operators from decades of vendor lock-in and reasserts their control over technology roadmaps. Understandably, the roll-your-own approach is enticing for network operators. In the realm of enterprise networks, IT teams have…
How to Simplify and Secure Virtualized Network Operations

How to Simplify and Secure Virtualized Network Operations

By Jeff Gowan The business case for network virtualization is largely based on hardware and operating cost savings, along with expectations of greater flexibility and productivity. But how can operators of critical infrastructure be certain that their newly virtualized networks will deliver these benefits? A big factor in determining the overall cost savings of a virtualization project is network operations.…
Network Virtualization goes well beyond Telecommunications. Here’s what you need to know.

Network Virtualization goes well beyond Telecommunications. Here’s what you need to know.

By Jeff Gowan I can’t help notice that the line between what is considered technology for telecommunications vs industrial control and other operations technology applications is becoming blurry. Software is being used in more instances across more industries because it provides a level of flexibility and cost savings like we’ve never seen before. At Wind River we are seeing the…
The Easy Way to Implement Network Virtualization

The Easy Way to Implement Network Virtualization

By Jeff Gowan Once critical infrastructure operators decide to virtualize network functions and applications, getting started can seem daunting even for the most advanced IT teams. If the project overruns the budget or schedule, anticipated cost savings and efficiency gains can dwindle and undermine the original business case for virtualization. But implementing network virtualization doesn’t have to be so difficult.…
Driving an Open Edge Computing Infrastructure Through Wind River Titanium Cloud Contributions

Driving an Open Edge Computing Infrastructure Through Wind River Titanium Cloud Contributions

By Jim Douglas and Imad Sousou Intel and Wind River previously announced our intent to open source components from the Wind River® Titanium Cloud portfolio. Today we are pleased to deliver on that commitment with code being upstreamed in a new open source project called StarlingX, hosted by the OpenStack Foundation. Wind River Titanium Cloud was built on open source components,…