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7 ways industries benefit from OT and IT Convergence

7 ways industries benefit from OT and IT Convergence

Just like the smartphone disrupted several markets by converging several different consumer devices into a single one, the same disruption is happening with infrastructure in the IT and OT industries — they are converging into one single system, in a single place: the Edge.

A few definitions: OT, IT, and Convergence

OT, or Operational Technology includes control systems, data acquisition systems, and industrial networks, and according to IDC, it’s “hardware and software technologies that detect and/or create change by the direct monitoring and/or control of physical devices, processes, and events.” OT is not IT, and it resides out on the “edge”. The edge is a place, that’s not the data center. It’s a variety of places such as a manufacturing floor, sports stadium, power plant, a building, crop field, or a city street. See Figure 1 for more about edges.

Enterprise grade IT consists of server grade high performance processors such as Intel Xeon, scalable storage, and remote systems management. This is not low performing cores or proprietary switching and router processers. No, I’m talking about high performance computing platforms, replete with world class system management. This IT is what you’d find in an enterprise-class data center or cloud. Now a cloud is just a data center that nobody is supposed to know where it is. So when I say data center, it includes clouds as a proper subset. I discuss why it’s good to deploy enterprise grade IT out at the edge in this feature article, The Intelligent Edge.

Read the entire article here, 7 ways industries benefit from OT and IT Convergence

via the fine folks at HP Enterprise.

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