IBM Cisco Partner for IoT Analytics at the Network Edge

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Report Summary:

Cisco and IBM’s newly announced global collaboration to provide instant Internet of Things (IoT) Analytics insight at the network edge is a game changer. The deal is far more than just another ballyhooed partnership among high tech titans. The IBM/Cisco alliance augurs in a new era of “co-opetition” among vendors to provide analytics capabilities at the network perimeter, which can provide organizations with immediate tangible business advantages, technical and cost benefits, in order to accelerate mainstream IoT adoption.

Specifically, the two companies have teamed up to enable IBM’s Watson analytics technology platform to run on Cisco’s gateway devices at the edge of the network, in what they described as a “Hybrid IoT architecture.” The combination of IBM’s Watson running on Cisco’s networking gear, to analyze the massive amounts of data collected by devices, sensors and machines at the network edge or perimeter, obviates the need for corporate enterprises to have an Internet connection in certain use case scenarios, such as remote locations where the option to store data in the cloud or Internet access is unavailable, unreliable or prohibitively expensive.  This is a boon for remote customers. It saves time, lowers transmission costs and cuts down on network traffic – and most importantly it ensures they have access to real-time analytics capabilities

Table of Contents

1.       Executive Summary  3

2.       IBM and Cisco IoT Partnership Details  5

2.1     The Cisco ParStream and IBM Watson Cognitive Computing Combination  7

2.2     IoT Edge Analytics Use Case Scenarios and Challenges  8

3.       Use Case Studies  10

3.1     User Case Studies: Bell Canada  10

3.2     User Case Study: Port of Cartagena  11

3.3     User Case Study: SilverHook PowerBoats  11

3.4     The Results  11

4.       Analysis  13

4.1     Data Analytics Emerges as a Primary Driver for IoT Adoption  13

4.2     Why the IBM and Cisco Alliance Makes Good Business and Technology Sense  15

4.3     IBM, Cisco IoT Analytic Edge Alliance Why It’s A Game Changer 16

5.       Conclusions  19

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