To increase productivity in the physical world, organizations are increasingly turning to digital twin technology where data-driven, virtual copies or twins of physical objects or business processes correlate data from real-world objects for modeling, testing and scaling. Examples include making a complete copy of a business function, such as a machine’s operations in a factory or tracking how customers’ interact within a retail store.
Digital twins are projected by Gartner to have an increasingly deep impact over the next five years and beyond. Gartner predicts that by 2021, half of large industrial companies will use digital twins, resulting in those organizations gaining a 10% improvement in effectiveness.
Within the IBM Cloud, companies can easily create digital twins for their organizations, enabling team collaboration locally or globally using QuantaStor storage grids.
Remote Replication Technology is a Key Driver of Digital Twin Creation
Once the data boundary analysis has been done for a business process or function, a system must be set up to replicate everything within that boundary to create a digital twin. Ideal replication systems can make multiple digital twins on demand and can replicate digital twins locally and globally to other systems in other datacenters.
QuantaStor’s remote replication system was designed specifically to make digital twins. Though QuantaStor’s ability to make N-way replica copies and through its ability to replicate file, block, and object storage from multiple systems within a grid, this provides organizations with the power and tools to make digital twins of complex business functions and applications.
With teams across an organization enabled with digital twin technology, they are able to better collaborate and work with greater efficiencies than ever before.
Getting Hands-On: Creating Digital Twins in the IBM Cloud with QuantaStor 5
QuantaStor is available as an operating system choice on almost all mass storage servers in the IBM Cloud. With its advanced Remote Replication technology, QuantaStor can duplicate data across global data centers for disaster recovery and provide a base for digital twin use cases. Additionally, QuantaStor’s Storage Volume tool allows digital replication of storage volumes which can then be assigned to certain individuals as needed. With thin provisioning, the storage volume can start small and then grow dynamically as the volume is utilized, but from the host’s perspective, the volume appears to be the full fixed size up front.
QuantaStor supports both Storage Volume (SAN) and Network Share (NAS) Remote Replication from appliance to appliance in both a scheduled fashion as well as one-time instant replication for data migration purposes. Remote-replication is done asynchronously meaning changes/deltas to source storage volumes and network shares are replicated to targets as frequently as every few minutes with an interval-based schedule or at specific hours for a calendar-based schedule.
Once a given set of volumes and/or network shares have been replicated from one system to another, the subsequent periodic replication operations send only the changes and all information sent over the network is compressed and encrypted. The overhead of the compression and encryption is minimal (typically 15-20%), as QuantaStor leverages the AES-NI features of modern CPUs to offload the heavy lifting of encryption and decryption.
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