Software-defined OT is here - the emergence of Converged IT/OT systems

By Ashish Nadkarni – July 5, 2017
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IoT is bridging the IT–OT divide rapidly. Data is no longer just under the purview of IT. Smart and connected devices, which are under the purview of OT, enable data collection, control and actuation, and enable additional IT-centric applications. The need to collect, store, and analyze data in a cost-efficient and timely manner means that IT and OT architecture and operations models need to converge and coexist. Software-defined OT (SD-OT) and IT–OT convergence are part of an “Intelligent Edge." Converged IT/OT Systems minimize data transfer between the core and edge, and carry out OT and IT functions seamlessly.  SD-OT moves OT functions into the software running on industry-standard hardware. OT control and data acquisition functions are network-based and can be performed from the Core or anywhere at the Edge. Converging IT and OT means running IT and OT software on the same core and edge infrastructure tier and possibly on the same physical hardware.


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Ashish Nadkarni


Ashish Nadkarni is a Program Director within IDC's worldwide infrastructure practice, which includes research on servers and operating environments, storage systems and software, and networking…


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