Cisco Makes Platform Play in IoT
Security—being able to protect technology assets and to respond to attacks—and data analytics are two other pillars. The security capabilities include leveraging Cisco's TrustSec technology, while analytics means not only taking advantage of the vendor's Connected Analytics portfolio, but also third-party analytics software. Management and automation, as well as an application enablement platform—which includes a set of APIs that partners, third-party vendors, industries and cities can use to build and deploy their own software on top of the IoT System—are the final two pillars. Along with the IoT System, the company also announced 15 new offerings that are part of the platform. The products include network switches and routers, wireless access points, IP surveillance cameras, security analytics software, fog data services that enable operators to enable users to monitor and act on data flowing through the IoT environment, and the IoT Field Network Director management software, which provides customized network infrastructure monitoring on an industrial scale. Given its projected scale, the IoT presents Cisco and many other tech vendors with significant growth opportunities and the ability to return to their "traditional technological comfort zones," according to Charles King, president and principal analyst of Pund-IT.Cisco is in a good position to take advantage of the IoT, given its leadership in the networking market and its efforts over the past several years to build out its portfolios in areas such as security, analytics and data center infrastructure, including its Unified Computing Systems integrated solutions, he wrote. "The company's past accomplishments make it a natural player in the space, and Cisco's commercial success in areas (like its UCS) that initially appeared unrelated to its core businesses means that the company's efforts should be taken seriously," King wrote.
"IoT mostly consists of projects and efforts that vendors know how to do so well—develop, deploy, manage and maintain often huge and hugely complex computing infrastructures and connected devices," King wrote in a research note. "That's in stark contrast to cloud, which, in its purest sense, delivers highly targeted IT services by cost-effectively leveraging off-the-shelf components."