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Not Just for Holidays: My Recipe for IoT Success

MaciejReceipePic1Sharing recipes among family and friends is a long-standing holiday tradition. I have my own favorite recipe, but it’s not part of an extravagant holiday dinner. It’s my recipe for success in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Over the past six months or so, I’ve discussed in this series of blogs the various elements to consider in an IoT deployment. We have seen that IoT is an essential next step for companies in the 21st century, but it’s also a complex, multidimensional transformation, demanding new skill sets, technologies, and business models. So you may be asking, how do I get started? Here is my recipe for a successful IoT transition. Read More »

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Join our IoT System Security Webinar

Connecting more things in more places creates new security challenges. Please join us on November 17, 2015 at 8:00AM (PST) for the IoT System Security webinar and learn how to secure and control IoT with the Cisco IoT System Security.

In this webinar you will hear how the IoT System Security product portfolio delivers secure connectivity, visibility, and control to assure that IoT initiatives deliver a competitive advantage for our customers. And you will learn about the new ruggedized Cisco ISA 3000 and how it provides application visibility, policy enforcement, and threat defense.Timeline of IoT Threats 2015

You will hear from a great line up of industry experts: Read More »

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Enhancing Hyper-Distributed Analytics

Today Cisco completed its acquisition of ParStream, a company that has created a specialized database built for the Internet of Things (IoT).

In hyper distributed data environments, massive amounts of data are being created and in a very distributed way. Many examples of this can be found in the IoT, from terabytes of data created by sensors places in offshore oil wells to extremely time sensitive data created by robots in manufacturing facilities. In these hyper distributed data environments, challenges arise with collecting, storing and analyzing data that can’t be solved with traditional solutions that relay on data to be in a central location before it can be used to derive meaningful insight. In some cases, there is simply too much data to move across the network, while in other cases the problem is that the data is extremely time sensitive and moving it to a data center or the cloud for action is just too slow. These cases require the capability to store and analyze data very close to where the data is created…near the edge of the network.


This is exactly what Cisco and ParStream will do together.

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Back to Business: IoT Makes Traditional Industries Cool Again

The U.S. space program in the 1960s and ‘70s was a classic example of an innovation model that began with a government initiative, was applied to enterprise issues, and finally filtered down to consumers. Internet innovation in the early 2000s turned that model on its head by focusing first on consumer needs, consumer applications, and consumer-oriented technologies such as e-commerce, mobile, social, and cloud.

Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) is inverting the innovation yet model again, bringing enterprise-oriented business-to-business (B2B) technologies and applications back into vogue. IoT is making traditional industries such as manufacturing and logistics “cool” again.

One indication of this trend is the large number of startups focused on enterprise solutions. I meet with several startups every week, and all of them seem to be focusing on some aspect of IoT—analytics, fog computing, vertical applications, sensor connectivity, and more. These startups see the huge transformative business opportunity of IoT, as the connections among people, process, data, and things become more pervasive. Millennials are driving this digital transformation. We can see their influence as consumers in the auto industry, for example, where new cars have essentially become smartphones on wheels. But now Millennials are also driving IoT innovations as participants who insist on using mobile devices and state-of-the-art software and tools to access and control IoT operations.

The Internet of Things is sparking innovation in traditional industries.

The Internet of Things is sparking innovation in traditional industries.

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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire ParStream

As the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality, it’s estimated that 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020. With this massive number of new connections, valuable data will be created at an even faster pace than most companies can manage. That’s why we are pleased to announce Cisco’s intent to acquire ParStream, a privately-held company based in Cologne, Germany that provides an analytics database that allows companies to analyze large amounts of data and store it in near real time anywhere in the network.

Speed is critical for helping companies to generate value from data in IoT environments. ParStream’s highly specialized database is built for IoT environments. It allows customers to compute and analyze large amounts of data at the edge in real time, with minimal infrastructure and operating costs at the edge. Using innovative compression and indexing capabilities, ParStream’s technology helps customers access data faster and at scale, rapidly analyzing and filtering billions of records and getting information to the business in near real-time. This acquisition complements Cisco’s current data and analytics portfolio, improving our ability to provide analytics at the edge of the network, where data is increasingly being generated and in huge volume. The value of IT has always been derived from the intelligence contained in data. Analytics are at the heart of Cisco’s strategy for a hyper distributed intelligent infrastructure.

ParStream’s technology, for example, can help a renewable energy company track and monitor thousands of wind turbines at once by providing the information to optimize the performance of each turbine and quickly adjust to changing environmental factors like wind direction and temperature. Instead of sending this data to a centralized server, now a company can store the data at the edge of the network, closer to the turbines and sensors, and track results even across a highly distributed network. Real-time access to data derived from the connected equipment can lead to benefits like decreased equipment downtime through predictive maintenance, increased productivity, and historical analysis of environmental patterns.

ParStream was part of the Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence start up program. The ParStream team will be integrated into Cisco’s Analytics and Automation portfolio, joining the Data and Analytics Group. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of fiscal year 2016.

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