At the leading smart grid event, DistribuTECH, Cisco hosted a discussion with industry leaders on the growing need for distributed computing in Internet of Things (IoT) for managing the smart grid, adding greater automation in process industries and more efficiency in the public sector.
Cisco is delivering on its vision for fog computing, transforming the network edge into a distributed computing infrastructure for applications that take advantage of the billions of devices already connected in the IoT.
Cisco conservatively estimates that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. These devices are creating a tidal wave of data that is expensive to move to existing cloud environments for analysis and conversion to useful content.
With the new Cisco IOx capability, customers from all segments and solution providers across industries will be able to develop, manage and run software applications directly on Cisco industrial networked-devices, including hardened routers, switches and IP video cameras.
With applications closer to where actionable data is generated, customers can more easily manage the massive amount of data that is projected to come out of people, process and things in the Internet of Everything (IoE) — and derive more value from their existing networks. Companies will be able to become more innovative, agile and efficient in their operations as a result.