Why use Cloud SCADA?
Cloud based SCADA certainly does carry benefits. Migrating to the cloud mitigates the running costs often associated with updating and replacing hardware, such as PCs and servers, as the cloud-based SCADA operates in a virtual environment. Cost of implementation is often spread across the life of the system, on a software as a service (SaaS) subscription model, whereby traditional SCADA systems require a significant upfront cost to deploy.
This model offers enhanced flexibility compared to traditional SCADA deployments, as the operator can scale the service to actual requirements, rather than potentially spending more than is required to cover forecasted levels of operation over the lifetime of the system. Reliability is enhanced with Cloud SCADA, with software and hardware being routinely upgraded, at no additional cost to the user, ensuring the most up-to-date system is available.
Cloud SCADA systems are securely backed up offsite, for disaster recovery purposes, which mitigates the risk of any potential downtime due to equipment damage or natural disasters. Secure migration of user data is paramount, assurances and mechanisms are supplied by the provider, to ensure the users sensitive data is protected when stored in an offsite cloud based SCADA system.