Virtualization in an Industrial Environment (Part 3)

This is the third and final part of our three part series focusing on the entire process of Virtualizing in an industrial environment.  While there is a lot of talk about Virtualizing and VDI, we wanted to focus on the viability and deployment of Virtualization in an industrial and manufacturing environment which would speak to the concerns and difficulties specific to this industry.

Part 3: Managing Your Environments?

 

In Part 2 of this series, we discussed whether or not Virtualization is necessary once you’ve centralized, and, if it is, how far do you go. For most System Administrators,  RDS is the easiest and most cost effective place to begin.  The need to only install OS’s and applications once, and having them deploy to multiple clients, can provide enough time savings and reduced administrative headaches that Virtualization could very well just be an added cost to a system that already does everything the end user requires.

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ACP Press Release

News Release

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2012
 
ACP ThinManager to release Munici-Pack Licensing

ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA—ACP (Automation Control Products), a worldwide leader in the automation industry that provides full-feature centralized thin client and terminal server management software, has announced that they will be releasing a new “Munici-Pack” licensing option. Unlike standard ThinManager license packs that require the full installation to be in one physical location, the Munici-Packs allow a municipality the flexibility to use purchased licenses anywhere within their jurisdiction.  This licensing option uses the recently released ThinManager 6.0 Platform which has several new functions and features such as iTMC, which allows any Apple iPad to run as a portable, wireless thin client, as well as worldwide remote access capability and improved support for a wide range of hardware and components.  Specifics of the Munici-Pack License model can be found via the following link:

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The Future of Thin in the Cloud


With the continued explosion of cloud computing, and rapid growth in tablet sales, is there a place for more thin client growth in what is still a PC dominated landscape? On paper, cloud computing and thin client networks would seem to be in direct opposition.  The cloud allows for sharing data with no centralized storage point while thin client networks provide multiple access points to data through one centralized place or server.  And yet, these two vastly different approaches to network computing seem to be moving forward in the same direction…away from the NEED for PCs.

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ThinManager Platform 6 Now Shipping

News Release

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2012

ACP ThinManager Platform 6 Now Shipping



ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA—ACP (Automation Control Products), a worldwide leader in the automation industry that provides full-feature centralized thin client and terminal server management software, has released its new ThinManager Platform 6 software. This release will continue to build on ACP’s ThinManager platform for the industrial automation sector by centralizing management of all user applications and resources.  This release has several new functions and features iTMC, which allows any Apple iPad to run as a portable, wireless thin client, as well as worldwide remote access capability and improved support for a wide range of hardware and components.  The new version can be downloaded via the following link:

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How Does Citrix Compare to ThinManager?

With the completion of the ThinManager 6.0 Launch & Training event, we are gearing up for the inevitable landslide of reviews and requests that follow a successful launch.  Some people are just hearing about ThinManager for the first time, while long-term end users are making plans for upgrading the ThinManager centralized management platform currently running in their facility.  One of the most common questions we are asked is, “Why do I need ThinManager if I already have another centralized management solution running my daily operations?”

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ThinManager 6.0 Launch Event Raises the Bar

Ready for Launch!
From the moment the music started and the partition wall was removed in a backlit shroud of darkness, attendees of the ThinManager 6.0 Launch Event started thinking that this was not going to be a typical expo event.  Less than 10 minutes later as the lights came up on a large room filled with rocket shaped display booths and more technology than they could shake a stick at, that feeling was confirmed.

Immediately following, Matt Crandell, CEO of Automation Control Products, took to the stage and clearly conveyed the magnitude of this event to a packed house.  There would be no product pitch or chest thumping because the ThinManager platform could stand alone without a need for bells and whistles.  There would be no “dead time” or aimless wandering because there was something for everyone regardless of the time of day.  And most importantly, there would be ample opportunity for everyone to experience a true interactive environment.  “The best way to explain the product is to put it in people’s hands and let them experience it for themselves,” said Crandell.

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Chevron North America Exploration & Production using ThinManager to power production

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Since 1879, Chevron has been on the cutting edge of exploration and innovation. Over the years they have grown and changed with the times and have always continued to evolve along with the needs of the world. Today, they are not only one of the largest companies in the world; they are a global leader in technology. When Chevron needed a new technology for plant management, they chose ThinManager.

Time to Upgrade

For years, Chevron had used custom built remote units for their facilities to work within custom parameters specific to their industry regulations. After years of dealing with the added resource cost in cash and labor, a project manager made the suggestion to switch to thin clients as a hardware solution at a specific plant. The suggestion was met with approval and they began the task of searching for a thin client management platform that could meet their needs.

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ACP releases ThinManager version 6.0 at Atlanta event April 16-18, 2012

Alpharetta, Georgia – February 6, 2012

ACP (Automation Control Products) will be releasing its new ThinManager 6.0 thin client and terminal services management platform in April. This will be ACP’s third software release in the last 13 months and will continue to build on ACP’s centralized management solutions for the modern factory by simplifying management of applications and visual resources. This release has several new features including iTMC, which allows any Apple iPad to run as a thin client, as well as worldwide remote access capability and improved support for a wide range of hardware.

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ACP’s New International Partners

ACP World Map

The last few months have been very busy for the ACP International team. The period between March and May has seen four new distributors begin working with ACP to promote and support ThinManager solutions in over a dozen countries.

We’d like to welcome the following new distributors to the ACP family!

  • Klinkmann Automation (Wonderware Finland)

Wonderware Finland (Klinkmann Automation) is already a familiar name to many of our customers who do business in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Wonderware Finland will represent ACP not only in Finland, but as Wonderware Russia they will be able to provide much needed support and sales to a large clientele base in the former Soviet Union. As Klinkmann, they also have offices and will represent ACP in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine. During their current Russian roadshow, Klinkmann have been showing the benefits of ThinManager to interested clients in all major cities.

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ACP Releases ThinManager 4.1

ACP releases version 4.1 of their award-winning thin client and terminal services management software

New version includes support for managing virtual machine environments and extended IP Camera funtionality.


Alpharetta, Georgia, April 2011

ACP releases version 4.1 of their award-winning thin client and terminal services management software.

ThinManager Platform 4 expanded ThinManager’s functionality with features like MultiSession, AppLink, SmartSession, IP Cameras and Shadowing. Now ThinManager 4.1 brings support for virtual environments as well by adding virtual machines and virtual servers to the ThinManager source tree.

  • Virtualization
    Manage virtual terminal servers and virtual desktops.
  • 64-Bit Processing
  • Use any IP camera that supports MPEG.
    If your thin client is equipped with dual Ethernet ports, it is now possible to directly connect an IP Camera into the 2nd Ethernet port on the thin client. This greatly decreases network activity, instantly freeing up more bandwidth.

The at-a-glance management that has made ThinManager so popular has been extended to support virtual machines along side of other plant floor sources such as HMIs and IP camera feeds. By using one simple tool, modern plant floor managers can realize a tremendous time-savings when configuring, maintaining and deploying the sources that are used across their factories. Virtual machine support with iOS applications extends these time-savings by offering a more complete and portable management solution.

Click this link to Download a Demo Version…