The gateway-centric approach to edge-to-cloud integration
Numerous causal factors are at play for what may be an interim strategy, including using the gateway or router as the focal point for IT/OT convergence, cloud integration, IPv6-based connectivity, and security. This is evident in the positioning associated with products such as the Intel IoT gateway platform, OEMed by providers such as Advantech, Dell, GE, HPE, etc., where the gateway plays a crucial role in providing these functionalities.
Reliance on gateways for cloud integration during this interim stretch is offsetting the immediate need for other network edge infrastructure devices, such as switches and routers, to migrate to the standard microprocessors and operating systems necessary to achieve cloud integration, support IT-oriented integration protocols, and ultimately host IIoT platform agents and edge computing applications. Instead, the emphasis in the current market is more on delivering the escalating amount of device data to gateways and other components of the IIoT architecture. This migration is already underway in some quarters, however, with edge infrastructure products increasingly incorporating standard, COTS-based hardware and operating system platforms in preparation for anticipated demand.
Material for this blog was drawn from ARC’s just-released Industrial Ethernet Switches Global Market Research Study. Further information is available at: www.arcweb.com/market-studies/industrial-ethernet-switches.
This content was originally published by ARC Advisory Group