Industrial manufacturing, long a laggard in the adoption of IT innovations, is experiencing a sudden and significant transformation of end-to-end digitalization. At the very heart of industrial manufacturing are proprietary solutions known as the “Industrial Control System” or “ICS”, an approximately $150B global market. Now entering testing and pilot demonstrations are Open-ICS architectures that are embracing modern IT technologies including virtualization and a 500X increase in compute power. And TOSCA is emerging as an important tool to simplify lifecycle management of applications and infrastructure in this Open-ICS environment.
Industrial automation infrastructure architectures differ significantly from cloud data centers. Up until now, ICS solutions from vendors like Honeywell and Siemens have managed the complexity of the ICS through a completely proprietary stack, all the way up from a simple temperature sensor to sophisticated physics-based process simulation software. But in an Open-ICS architecture, the glue provided by the proprietary ICS vendors must be delivered by a very sophisticated orchestration platform. And what better way to manage complex application and infrastructure lifecycles than TOSCA?
John and Brandon led CPLANE.ai into the industrial market three years ago at the request of a leading ICS vendor; and they just recently completed a very successful pilot with ExxonMobil demonstrating the incredible power of orchestration using TOSCA in an Open-ICS. This demonstration, which will be reviewed in this OASIS Webinar, reduced the startup time of an ICS by more than 99%. John and Brandon will also discuss how orchestration is being accepted as the key technology to displace proprietary systems. Orchestration is opening industrial manufacturing to Open and powerful IT and Cloud technologies, accelerating the digital transformation of industrial manufacturing.