IBM and Cisco: Understanding critical data on the network edge

By | 2 minute read | June 28, 2017

Last year, IBM and Cisco announced a global collaboration to provide instant Internet of Things insight at the edge of the network. Together, we are enabling businesses and organizations in remote and autonomous locations to tap into the combined power of IBM’s Watson IoT Cloud and business analytics technologies and Cisco’s edge and fog capabilities to more deeply understand and act on critical data on the network edge.

Redefining what’s possible with edge analytics

Cisco and IBM are redefining what’s possible, with an end-to-end intelligent platform that enables a hybrid approach to IoT analytics at the network edge, or in the cloud, through Watson IoT technologies. Together we are delivering a first-of-its-kind solution that allows customers to analyze business performance at the point of data collection, so they can tightly monitor and control how their environment, assets and people are performing against their mission.

Structured and unstructured forms of data such as video and auditory are monitored for changes relevant to risk. Corrective actions are recommended from analytic evaluation based on business rules defined by the enterprise. Analysis performed at the edge is used to perfect performance models in the cloud, continuously learning and improving operating condition models. Analysis at the edge of the network reduces the amount of data pushed to the cloud, freeing transmission capacity and driving down costs of communications for remote monitoring.

Businesses can now achieve new levels of competitive advantage by tapping previously unconnected data, empowering decisions at the point of data collection. This enables dynamic distribution of data processing and analytics with performance-critical computation for application functions at the very edge of the network.

Furthering a one-of-a-kind partnership

IBM and Cisco are continuing to build on the success of the previously announced partnership by combining the strength of the IBM and Cisco brands to create a trusted partnership for both customers and ecosystem partners. Today, we are focusing on specific verticals — Smarter Cities, Manufacturing, Transportation and Retail.

Watson IoT is a leader in the Internet of Things, using cognitive computing and analytics to process IoT data and other contextual inputs, redefine data exploration and uncover patterns and insights previously unattainable. Cisco delivers valuable edge and fog processing that connects specific business use cases to data at the edge of the network. These combined capabilities allow us to offer unique value around these chosen industry verticals.

Cisco is a market leader in data delivery, securely and efficiently moving all kinds of data. Combining that delivery capability with IBM’s analytics and cognitive solutions delivers an IoT solution that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Cisco and IBM—leaders in networking and cognitive analytics respectively—can deliver a solution that solves today’s most critical IoT operational and business challenges. Together, we are empowering clients to put intelligence where they need it most: at the edge, in the cloud or any point in between.

To find out more about the partnership, and how you can put it to work, check out the IBM and Cisco IoT partner page.