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The main issue with the traditional model is related to complexity. It is complex to integrate the operating system and applications with a hardware platform, and complex to support it afterwards. Additionally, when problems and errors appear, the supporting staff very rarely needs to explore them deeply to understand the matter thoroughly. The staff needs merely training on the appliance management software to be able to resolve most of problems. In all forms of the computer appliance model, customers benefit from easy operations.
The appliance has exactly one combination of hardware and operating system and application software, which has been pre-installed at the factory. This prevents customers from needing to perform complex integration work, and dramatically simplifies troubleshooting. In fact, this “turnkey operation” characteristic is the driving benefit that customers seek when purchasing appliances. Once a resource is decoupled, in theory it can be also centralized to become shared among many systems, centrally managed and optimized, all without requiring changes to any other system. On the other hand, a proprietary embedded operating system, or operating system within an application, can make the appliance much more secure from common cyber attacks.
The variety of computer appliances reflects the wide range of computing resources they provide to applications. They are often a gateway to a full DRaaS solution. Computer appliances that are designed to translate data bidirectionally between control systems and enterprise systems. In essence, the software distribution or the firmware that is running a computer appliance.
The hypervisor layer is matched to the hardware of the appliance, and cannot be varied by the customer, but the customer may load other operating systems and applications onto the appliance in the form of virtual machines. Aside from its deployment within data centers, many computer appliances are directly used by the general public. These appliances have been hardened to withstand temperature and vibration extremes. These appliances are also highly configurable, enabling customization to meet a wide variety of applications. As the requirements change, scalability is achieved through the installation of another appliance.
Automation concepts are easily replicated throughout the enterprise by standardizing on appliances to perform the needed tasks, as opposed to the development of custom automation schemes for each task. The use of appliances in automation reduce the level of testing needed in each individual application. This enables appliance based solutions to be transferred from engineer to engineer with minimal need for training and documentation. They are configured through standardized programming languages such as IEC-1131. Programmable automation controllers are appliances that embody properties of both PLCs and SLCs enabling the integration of both analog and discrete control. Enterprise appliance transaction modules are appliances that affect data transactions from plant floor automation systems to enterprise business systems. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.