For many companies it still feels safer to store most of their data in-house, so instead of “Everything in the Cloud”, the motto “Only what is necessary in the Cloud” applies much more.

Edge computing means providing computing- and storage capacity by intelligent IoT devices prior to the entry into the network, close to the data’s point origin, and enables the rapid collection, storage, processing, and analysis on-premise.

If necessary and as required, filtered and less time-critical data can be moved to a public cloud.

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On the clouds’ physical border

Physical limitations that even modern IT and the cloud cannot ignore. 

Latency times foremost among them, which preclude machine control in real time, as well as data volumes: their cloud-based transmission, evaluation, analysis, and retransfer to their point of origin just takes too long.

In addition, this raises the question of securely available bandwidth for transmitting data into the public cloud as well as the general availability not only of cloud infrastructure but of transmission channels as well. 

Finally, the security aspect is another one to take into consideration when deciding for or against public cloud solutions.

The birth of Edge computing 

In Industry 4.0 settings, the protection of personal data is less of a concern, but still many companies deem it critically important that their data doesn’t leave the premises to be transferred into a cloud subject to foreign legislation.

Despite all of this, the advantages of moving IT including cloud concepts closer to the machines outweigh the problems. To this end, new architectures have been developed, which offer the advantages of the cloud on one hand, while on the other meeting “edge of the net” industrial requirements. This is the birth of Edge computing.


There is a frantic effort to update IT standards to suit machine- and manufacturing requirements.

The ultimate goal is to realize the vision of seamless connectivity from the factory floor to the office door, from the machine operator all the way to the chief executive


Where the cloud enters the factory

One of the new challenges arising through the use of edge-, fog-, and cloud architectures is the connection of components to each other and to the public cloud. 

An important element of developing a solution capturing all pieces is the IoT Framework SUSiEtec. Within Industry 4.0 applications, it connects all the components and provides analysis and processing of the data generated.

SUSiEtec dissolves the traditional border between data generation, processing, and provision, enabling the fusion of IT and OT.

SUSiEtec Edge computing uses the local network’s processing power to control time-critical processes right on site. 

Data gets buffered locally, compressed, and handed off to the cloud according to pre-defined rules. This enhances process security, reduces bandwidth demands, and lowers operating costs, thus meeting the real-time demands of industrial IoT.

SUSiEtec enables companies to adopt a hybrid, scalable approach to their IoT scenarios combining the advantages of an on-premise solution with professional cloud infrastructures.

To meet this end, SUSiEtec is completely integrating Edge devices, Gateways, Fog Computing and Server products with the cloud infrastructure.
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