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Simplify the management of lab resources with OpenLab virtualization solutions

Virtualizing Your Lab Environment - Advantages for OpenLab customers
Reduce administrative burden with virtualization

Virtualization can be an effective way to reduce IT expenses and boost laboratory efficiency. Using virtualization in your OpenLab system architecture offers several advantages:   

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  • Lab efficiencyLab efficiency: Virtualization frees up valuable bench space in the lab and streamlines
    the maintenance of lab computer resources.
  • Easily scalableEasily 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 securityStronger 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 savingsCost savings: In addition to uptime and IT cost savings, laboratories can also achieve significant
    savings by enhancing their quality control processes through virtualization.
Virtualization basics
What does virtualization mean?
What can be virtualized?
What is the difference between virtualization and cloud?
How virtualization works: Overview

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.

Only clients are virtualized
All CDS components are virtualized
Virtualization with OpenLab software
OpenLab CDS Client/Server

Designed with virtualization in mind, OpenLab CDS Client/Server has a modular software architecture that provides labs with a range of supported virtualization technologies and deployment models. This enables our customers to choose what’s best for their lab needs and gives technical flexibility to IT resources that deploy and maintain the virtualized chromatography software.

For the lab
For the lab
  • 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.
For IT
For 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
    virtualization initiative.
  • Security management: Virtualization may allow you to leverage existing processes for deployment of security updates and patches in the lab.
Ready to get started?

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