These days you hear a lot about convergence. Networking, compute, and storage technologies are converging in the data center. Wired and wireless networks are converging in campus networks. These converging technologies are being driven by a desire to make IT infrastructure more flexible and responsive to changing business and employee needs, and to use IT as a competitive advantage to deliver products and services faster to the marketplace.
What has this got to do with industrial networks?
Industrial networks have been held back from realizing the full promise of the network because they currently rely on a mix of legacy and proprietary protocols that make it difficult to connect industrial networks to corporate networks seamlessly. When you don’t have seamless connectivity between corporate and industrial networks, it becomes very hard to use enterprise applications running on corporate networks to drive the factory systems running on industrial networks, or to get real-time visibility of plant floor processes for corporate IT systems. You also end up dealing with all the complexity that comes from managing multiple networks.
Cisco can help companies in manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, transportation, and energy companies extend the benefits of standardized, Ethernet-based switching from their corporate networks to their industrial networks, and gain real-time visibility into plant floor operations. According to the Aberdeen Group, leading companies are already adopting these kinds of converged networking methodologies to help:
- Improve industrial network uptime
- Reduce total cost of ownership
- Increase operating margin
Therefore, to extend the range of products available for our customers to further enable implementation of this networking convergence, today Cisco announced the Industrial Ethernet 2000 Series Switches at Hannover Messe show in Germany. IE 2000 switches extend the benefits of Catalyst and IOS technologies that have been driving success for our enterprise customers to industrial networks. Customers can expect to see the same intelligent network services on their industrial networks that they are used to on their corporate networks.
IE 2000 Series Switches expand Cisco’s family of Industrial Ethernet switches – we now have a portfolio of fixed, modular and rack-mountable platforms that can address a wide range of deployment scenarios in industrial networks. All these switches run the proven Cisco IOS software. They deliver integrated security, deterministic resiliency, and support for industry-specific protocols to help you get started on the path of consolidating your industrial and corporate networks into one network. Here is a brief summary of Cisco’s Industrial Ethernet portfolio:
|Cisco IE 3000 Series Switches||
|Cisco IE 2000 Series Switches||
|Cisco IE 3010 Series Switches||
Cisco’s broad portfolio of Industrial Ethernet switches, and partnerships with industry leaders such as Rockwell give you the tools you need to start realizing the benefits of converged industrial and corporate networks.
What are some of the challenges you are facing in your industrial networks? Does Cisco’s Industrial Ethernet Switching portfolio help you address some of those challenges?
Cisco IE 2000 Series Switches: www.cisco.com/go/ie2000
Cisco IE 3000 Series Switches: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9703/index.html
Cisco IE 3010 Series Switches: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11245/index.html
Ethernet-to-the-Factory Solution: http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/manufacturing/ettf_overview.html