Simplify the management of lab resources with OpenLab virtualization solutions
Virtualization can be an effective way to reduce IT expenses and boost laboratory efficiency. Using virtualization in your OpenLab system architecture offers several advantages:
Lab efficiency: Virtualization frees up valuable bench space in the lab and streamlines
the maintenance of lab computer resources.
Easily scalable: Make expanding your laboratory easier through virtualization. Avoid unnecessary
procurement steps when new instruments are added to the lab. Instead of purchasing/installing
physical PCs, virtual machines can be rapidly deployed.
Stronger security: Integrate virtualized OpenLab servers in company data centers or private
clouds where they can be more easily backed up, monitored, and protected from security threats.
Cost savings: In addition to uptime and IT cost savings, laboratories can also achieve significant
savings by enhancing their quality control processes through virtualization.
Virtualization transforms physical devices into software-based “virtual machines” (VMs) that
perform the functions of the physical device.
A wide range of lab resources, including workstations, clients, servers, and storage systems.
Virtualization is a technique for creating virtual resources, while the cloud is a service that allows you
to deliver and share virtualized resources on demand. Learn about our cloud-based storage options.
Virtualization uses software to simulate the functionality of a physical device. Virtual systems, called
“virtual machines” (VMs), can run simultaneously on a single host server, leading to the efficiencies
and economies listed above.
- Number of computers in the lab: As the number and diversity of computers in the lab proliferates, virtualization provides an option to free bench space as analysts simply use a virtual machine window on their own laptops.
- Laboratory IT costs: As multiple operating systems and applications run on a single host server, virtualization reduces the IT costs versus deploying and managing multiple physical machines and their software.
- Disaster recovery plan: With virtualization of lab computers, all machines can be easily backed up centrally by IT.
- Remote accessibility: Virtualization could make it easier to grant remote access to lab personnel while maintaining a high level of security.
Virtualization software expertise and infrastructure: Virtualizing
lab resources could support or add value to a company-wide
- Security management: Virtualization may allow you to leverage existing processes for deployment of security updates and patches in the lab.
Agilent has considerable experience helping clients migrate to a virtualized chromatography system. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements and goals.