120-page report examining the adoption of virtualization in industrial automation, across 3 layers (1. OT virtualization in general 2. Virtualization of control systems 3. Virtualization of controllers & soft PLCs). The report includes insights on:
- Current state of virtualization across 8 types of workloads
- Main benefits of virtualization
- Main concerns of virtualization
- Procurement methods for automation software
- Information about vendors:
- Spending (today and in the future) for automation vendors
- Familiarity with 13 different industrial automation vendors
- Likelihood to work with different vendors for soft PLCs
- Hosting methods for virtualized controllers
- Key decision-criteria for virtualized controllers
Based on a survey of senior OT decision makers in discrete, hybrid, and process manufacturing, the report analyzes the virtualization of industrial automation. The report investigates trends and challenges of virtualization of operational technology along the ISA 95 automation pyramid (1. In general, 2. Control infrastructure & systems, and 3. Controllers & PLCs).
- How are automation systems effected as companies digitize their manufacturing/operations?
- Which software workloads have companies currently virtualized and which software workloads are planned to be virtualized in the near future?
- Do companies have comprehensive digitalization strategies and how do they impact the management of automation systems?
- How do companies procure automation software today, and in three years?
- Which operating systems are companies using for real-time virtual controllers?
- What are the most important decision-making factors when choosing a vendor for virtualized PLCs?
- How much are companies willing to pay for virtual PLCs compared to legacy PLCs?
- Do companies have a global standard for PLC/DCS vendors?
- Which vendors are companies using today and how likely is it that they are considered for virtual PLC setups in the future?
At a glance:
The report is split into three chapters along the ISA 95 pyramid:
- 1. Virtualization of operational technology in general
- 2. Virtualization of control infrastructure & systems
- 3. Virtualization of controllers & soft PLCs
- Types of software workloads that are virtualized today
- Control system spending of different vendors by type of industry
- Share of respondents using respective automation vendor today and likelihood to stick with them and use their soft PLC in the future
- Benefits and challenges of virtualized workloads
- Automation software procurement by industry now and in 3 years: E.g., share of companies that prefer annual subscriptions over one-time perpetual licenses over pay for use
Selected companies from the report:
ABB, Beckhoff, Bosch Rexroth, Emerson, Honeywell, Mitsubishi, Omron, Phoenix Contact, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Yokogawa, and more.
Table of Contents
- 1. Overview & main findings
- 4. Virtualization of operational technology in general
- 5. Virtualization of control infrastructure & systems
- 6. Virtualization of controllers & soft PLCs