Cisco, AWS integrate IoT, edge network software and services

Cisco ties its Edge Intelligence software with AWS IOT Core service to control industrial-edge networking.

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Cisco continues to expand customer cloud-neutral connectivity options, this time tying its Edge Intelligence software with Amazon Web Services' IoT cloud service.

Specifically, Cisco’s Edge Intelligence software now works with AWS’s IOT Core service to let customers process data from, communicate with and manage thousands of IoT devices and applications linked via industrial operations networks.

Cisco Edge Intelligence runs on Cisco's IoT and industrial networking family and gathers data from connected devices to create logical flows from the edge into private, public or third-party clouds. For example, if a robotic arm in a remote system needs replacement, it can send telemetry about the problem. Edge Intelligence extracts that data and gives the operational-technology team information it can use to fix the problem.

One of the keys to the Cisco Edge Intelligence software is its ability to understand myriad industrial communications protocols. For example, the software has built-in industry-standard connectors such as OPC Unified Architecture, Modbus, EtherNet Industrial Protocol (EIP)/Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), and MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT) that allow data to be extracted from disparate sources with minimal-to-no coding needed. The data is then converted to industry-standard formats, said Samuel Pasquier, senior director of product management at Cisco.

On the cloud side, AWS IoT Core lets customers connect any number of IoT devices to the cloud and to other devices without requiring them to provision or manage servers. According to AWS, the service provides automated configuration and authentication when a device first connection to AWS IoT Core, as well as end-to-end encryption throughout all points of connection, so that data is never exchanged between devices and AWS IoT Core without proven identity.

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