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Architecting the Industrial Internet

By : Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Varan Nath, Carla Romano
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Architecting the Industrial Internet

By: Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Varan Nath, Carla Romano

Overview of this book

The Industrial Internet or the IIoT has gained a lot of traction. Many leading companies are driving this revolution by connecting smart edge devices to cloud-based analysis platforms and solving their business challenges in new ways. To ensure a smooth integration of such machines and devices, sound architecture strategies based on accepted principles, best practices, and lessons learned must be applied. This book begins by providing a bird's eye view of what the IIoT is and how the industrial revolution has evolved into embracing this technology. It then describes architectural approaches for success, gathering business requirements, and mapping requirements into functional solutions. In a later chapter, many other potential use cases are introduced including those in manufacturing and specific examples in predictive maintenance, asset tracking and handling, and environmental impact and abatement. The book concludes by exploring evolving technologies that will impact IIoT architecture in the future and discusses possible societal implications of the Industrial Internet and perceptions regarding these projects. By the end of this book, you will be better equipped to embrace the benefits of the burgeoning IIoT.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback

Current state of deployment architectures for IT systems

The architecture of IT systems has gone through several revolutions since early mainframe systems. Mainframe systems handled all data-management, computing, or business logic, and were housed in a very large cabinet. Early mainframes performed data processing in batches and could only be accessed by dumb terminal emulators with no intelligence, and dedicated printers. They had limited support for graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and couldn’t access multiple databases from dispersed locations.

With the introduction of the personal computer (PC), small-to-medium-sized businesses could afford to shift their business functions and data to PCs, where the processing could be controlled by the user. The Early PCs were closed systems limited to a single PC and had limited memory and data storage capabilities, and a PC failure could result in a disastrous loss of data and business processing. Data and computing logic could only be shared via...