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Break down data silos with networked systems

Whether your growing lab has system scaling issues or needs remote access to lab data, networked computing is a failproof solution.

  • Central administration
    With networked laboratory systems, management of user, lab and instrument data is simplified through the ability to centralize all system administrative needs.

  • Remote accessibility
    Networked systems enable your lab employees to do sample processing, review, and approval securely from any location, using authorized systems.

  • Time to value
    Expanding your laboratory is easier with networked systems. Adding additional instrumentation or PCs for laboratory personnel becomes a streamlined process.

  • New features
    With “Lab-at-a-Glance” capabilities, everything from lab-wide audit trails to operational dashboards is possible.

  • Cost savings
    With networked computing, realize productivity gains and cost savings when adding additional instruments to the lab, with small incremental software purchases as shown below.

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Note: The break-even point calculation for the 6 instruments is specific to scenarios where OpenLab CDS is deployed.

Networked computing FAQs

How is a network system different from a Workstation?

Workstations are individually configured and operated, and they are typically used for specialized applications. Networked systems use servers for shared resources such as data storage and configuration settings, and are typically designed to enhance connectivity, data access, and knowledge sharing.

What types of labs are networked systems designed for?

All labs can benefit from networked systems. Their value increases with the size of the lab.

How are networked computing and virtualization related?

Networked computing is a connected set of devices, PCs, and servers. For systems that may have multiple physical servers, virtualization is a way to deploy multiple server instances on a single host server. This improves support, disaster recovery while reducing operational costs.

Networked computing with OpenLab Software

The move to networked OpenLab CDS configurations can improve your overall lab operations through centralization. Instead of having to manage user and instrument setups across individual workstations, you can do it all system-wide from a single location.

You can monitor and control all key elements–administration, methods, sequences, data storage, and instruments—either locally or centrally. You can also centralize data and methods and ensure secure system backups.

In addition, an OpenLab network solution provides labs with a door to the future. Our networked offerings can be connected to the cloud, enabling seamless access and connectivity.

Benefits in the lab

For Lab Managers

  • Lower cost of ownership:

    • Single storage platform for the entire lab makes it easier to train and support users

    • Less expensive and faster to add instruments

    • Full backwards compatibility for raw data, methods, workflows, and results

  • Fewer mistakes and more transparency (through lab-wide audit trails)

  • Innovative features and technical controls for regulatory compliance

For Lab Staff

  • Eliminate the need to configure, manage, support lab workstations when IT manages centrally

  • Collaborate with colleagues with ease, regardless of location

  • Access to all instruments and data from your desktop

For IT

  • Centralized system administration and management for maximum uptime

  • Lowest possible hardware and support costs for a networked implementation

  • Industry-standard architecture accommodates laboratory growth

  • Future-ready: data storage is scalable to cloud (select configurations only)

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Agilent has considerable experience helping clients migrate to a networked chromatography system. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements and goals.

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