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ICC 2020: Ignition with Cloud Services

Cloud services like AWS and Azure used in conjunction with Ignition offer many advantages. In this session, find out how using Ignition in a cloud environment can improve your solutions at an administrative, uptime, and management level. This session will also detail the networking and security implications and solutions to ensure a robust and secure system, and will take you through examples for outage usability, highlighting Ignition Edge as a local failover.

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ICC 2020: Ignition with Cloud Services

  1. 1. Ignition with Cloud Services
  2. 2. Dan Krohnemann Lead Engineer Panacea Technologies Inc. Michael Lehrich Automation Engineer Panacea Technologies Inc.
  3. 3. • Founded in 1996​ as an Automation Solutions Company • Automation and validation services • Capabilities ranging from small system upgrades to turnkey solution delivery • Successful portfolio of products including OpenBIO and Panacea Update Manager • Batch Experts with an emphasis on regulated Industries • Specialization in solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries • Specialized services for BAS, EMS, IT, and Cyber-Security areas Panacea Technologies Inc.
  4. 4. What is the Cloud?
  5. 5. • Servers accessible over the Internet • Rent server space and/or processing power to fulfil business needs • Variety of options in use cases, server sizes, operating systems, etc. • Flexible network architectures How does it work? What is the Cloud?
  6. 6. • AWS (Amazon Web Services) • ~33% Market Share • Integration with many 3rd party applications • Microsoft Azure • ~18% Market Share • Integration with Microsoft suites (365, Office) • Google Cloud • ~9% Market Share • Supports Open Source technologies Key Providers (Q2 2020) What is the Cloud?
  7. 7. • SaaS – Software as a Service • PaaS – Platform as a Service • IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service What is it used for? What is the Cloud?
  8. 8. • Server/service sizes • CPU/Memory • Hard drive/SSD • Network Bandwidth • Runtime • Peak/Off-peak Pricing • Reserved Instances Options What is the Cloud?
  9. 9. • No need to purchase and maintain server hardware • Simple/flexible scalability • Server/DB • Ability to host on multiple regions • High uptime • Levels of redundancy • Database replication Benefits What is the Cloud?
  10. 10. • Everything is stored offsite • Security and data integrity concerns • Reoccurring costs • Complexity of options Considerations What is the Cloud?
  11. 11. Ignition in the Cloud
  12. 12. • Headless or GUI • Choice of OS and Database • Runs same as local server instance • Ignition accessible Internet instead of local network • Mobile Friendly What does it look like? Ignition in the Cloud
  13. 13. • Security over the Internet • Data Integrity • PLC/Device connections • VPN • PLC/Device control Considerations Ignition in the Cloud
  14. 14. • No need to purchase and maintain server hardware • Simple/flexible scalability • High uptime • Ease of gateway access • Ease in deployment Benefits Ignition in the Cloud
  15. 15. Networking in the Cloud
  16. 16. • Ignition installed on cloud server • Database on Cloud • Installing database or use • Off-the-shelf cloud provider options • VPN to local network • Cloud based IdP Ignition in the Cloud Networking in the Cloud
  17. 17. • Do not need higher end hardware locally • Lack of local control during outages • Ignition Edge • Reliant on Internet and Cloud service providers • Direct PLC Comms are risky • Considerations • Edge or Proxy Gateways Ignition in the Cloud Networking in the Cloud
  18. 18. • Cloud based reverse proxy • IIS • Nginx • DMZ with proxy Gateway • No direct controlling Gateway connection • Security Zones • SSL On Premise Ignition Options Networking in the Cloud
  19. 19. • Configuration is all local • Only Gateway or HTTPS data out, no direct PLC or device connections • Additional installations to manage • Requires local server hardware On Premise Ignition Networking in the Cloud
  20. 20. • Great option for small companies • Option for large companies looking to expand • Network and security planning is a must • Can play to Ignition's strengths with security and Edge computing Conclusion
  21. 21. References https://www.statista.com/ https://aws.amazon.com/ https://azure.microsoft.com/ https://cloud.google.com/

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Cloud services like AWS and Azure used in conjunction with Ignition offer many advantages. In this session, find out how using Ignition in a cloud environment can improve your solutions at an administrative, uptime, and management level. This session will also detail the networking and security implications and solutions to ensure a robust and secure system, and will take you through examples for outage usability, highlighting Ignition Edge as a local failover.

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