deploy, manage and service, while offering 99.999% availability. The centralised management solution,

Thin Manager, was deployed to deliver applications to the plant floor via Thin Client architectures. The reduced maintenance and energy costs it offers also helps deliver a reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO). The Proteus managed disaster

resilience service was installed, providing hourly back-up of critical applications and systems. Proteus provides early ransomware detection protection, as well as the ability to run critical applications in the event of a disaster, where the normal server would not be available. Ian Govier, Yeo Valley’s Head of IT and

Yeo Valley works in partnership with 250 organic dairies

A SolutionsPT Proteus solution is protecting data at Yeo Valley’s organic food production plant, as well as providing early detection of any ransomware threat to operations


eo Valley, one of the biggest organic food producers in the UK, supplies

yogurt, butter, cream, ice cream and fruit compote to retailers including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. The company still runs its £300m turnover business from the family farm, but now manufactures produce across four sites in the south west, working in partnership with 250 organic dairies. Dairy produce has a short shelf life.

Production and delivery times are strict, with producers facing financial penalties from buyers if they fail to meet them. Yeo Valley was operating on an iFix

SCADA application which was running on legacy hardware. A problem with any one computer would risk bringing the entire production site to a halt. Whilst Yeo Valley had a disaster resilience solution in place, the ‘redundant’ back-up server had to be booted up before systems could be restored. Vessels emptied of product as a result of production downtime then had to be reprimed – taking up valuable time and leading to a recovery time objective (RTO) that could stretch to several hours. The impact of downtime can be as

damaging to reputation as to profitability. With around seven million pots of yogurt alone coming off Yeo Valley production lines every week and production running 24/7 year-round, the potential implications of operational downtime, cost of wasted product and supply chain disruption were critical.

38 JULY/AUGUST 2019 | PROCESS & CONTROL To achieve seamless, uninterrupted

operations, Yeo Valley decided to embark on a full upgrade of its SCADA technology. A key objective was to establish a secure systems back-up provision, to protect data in the event of an issue arising with any platform. SolutionsPT devised an integrated

digital solution to meet Yeo Valley’s requirement for best in class uptime and data protection, while also making day- to-day operations and support simpler. This comprised a fault tolerant Stratus

ftServer to host virtualised production machines. The Stratus ftServer is easy to

Yeo Valley has eliminated the risk of downtime which might have proven costly both to company finances and its high reputation

Business Systems, said: “The SolutionsPT solution means the risk that one single point of failure could halt production across a site has been eliminated. “Virtualisation offers us far greater

control of production. We can spot and deal with potential failures before they happen. And in the event of a disaster like a factory fire, our data is protected. “Essentially, we have a virtual factory

on a different site, so systems could be restored within a matter of minutes.” The Proteus solution was specified to

allow for expansion across all Yeo Valley production sites. Since the SolutionsPT operational technology (OT) solution went live in August 2018, Yeo Valley has installed additional production-based applications, with SolutionsPT providing remote monitoring and expertise. Potential risks at Yeo Valley are now

swiftly signposted so timely action can be taken. In the event of any system failure real time copies of the VM (virtual machine) will be fired up, getting full production back up and running within minutes. Product supply – and customer relations – will remain unaffected. This has eased the burden for the

operatives managing backups and testing data integrity and restorability. Govier said: “SolutionsPT has been a

The family-run firm has expanded significantly since it first started selling organic milk from its Somerset dairy herd in the 1970s

great partner, delivering a solution which guarantees the seamless and secure operations that are vital to production. “Disaster recovery is now massively

more robust, giving us confidence that any potential issues are instantly spotted and nipped in the bud. “We’re benefiting from a recovery time

objective (RTO) which can be measured in minutes rather than hours, and from a system which is robust, secure and provides complete peace of mind. This allows us to focus on other strategic priorities which support Yeo Valley’s reputation as a highly trusted supplier.”



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