Siemens, IBM, and Red Hat have announced a new collaboration that will use a hybrid cloud designed to deliver an open, flexible and more secure solution for manufacturers and plant operators to drive real-time value from operational data. In one month, a single manufacturing site can generate more than 2,200 terabytes of data according to a report by IBM—yet most data goes unanalyzed.
Through the joint initiative, Siemens Digital Industries Software will apply IBM's open hybrid cloud approach, built on Red Hat OpenShift, to extend the deployment flexibility of MindSphere, the industrial IoT as a service solution from Siemens. This will enable customers to run MindSphere on-premise, unlocking speed and agility in factory and plant operations, as well as through the cloud for seamless product support, updates and enterprise connectivity.
This build on a long-standing relationship between IBM and Siemens, including most recently, the introduction of a joint solution with IBM Maximo that extends the operating lifecycle of industrial products and machinery by bringing together engineering, operations and maintenance data into one platform.
"Today's manufacturers require agility and flexibility to meet expectations for higher quality products with shorter production cycles," said Raymond Kok, senior vice president of Cloud Application Solutions for Siemens Digital Industries Software. "MindSphere already provides customers with data-driven insights to strengthen operations through Industrial IoT. Through our work with IBM and Red Hat, we can now offer customers the flexibility to choose to operate MindSphere on-premise or in the cloud to best meet their distinct operational needs and become more efficient, nimble and responsive to today's marketplace."
To help operationalize the capabilities and reduce IT risk, IBM Global Business Services and Global Technology Services consultants will serve as a provider for managed services and IoT solutions for Siemens' MindSphere customers.
MindSphere is used by organizations to collect and analyze real-time sensor data from products, plants, systems, and machines, enabling users to optimize products, production assets, and manufacturing processes along the entire value chain to build a real-time digital twin. By adopting Red Hat OpenShift, the industry's leading enterprise Kubernetes platform, as the preferred on premise architecture, customers will have the flexibility to run MindSphere solutions locally in a private cloud, or in future applications through a hybrid, multi-cloud model, as well as enabling field to enterprise insights. Through this offering, Siemens and IBM enable customers to retain full physical control of their data to better cope with regulatory requirements and data privacy.
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