Since many industrial businesses operate a fleet of assets, they likely need to support installed devices in the field for an extended period and assets are not all the same age or software versions. Your operators should be able to manage a heterogeneous fleet of edge devices running on different software versions. Inquire with your edge device software provider to ensure that they offer extended support for industrial devices to ensure you can meet compliance requirements and avoid the high cost of introducing changes, upgrades, and replacements.
By asking your edge software vendor about these important architecture considerations, you will ensure you have an edge software stack which can be used quickly and securely to develop and deploy edge applications at scale.
Predix Edge, the next-generation Predix Platform edge software, has been re-architected and designed from the ground up based on learnings from operationalizing IIoT-based solution across different industries—including, Renewables, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Power Generation & Utilities—and combining security practices of embedded engineering with the microservices pattern of cloud computing.