The Internet of Things (IoT) represents revenue opportunities, operational efficiencies, and the emergence of new products and services enabled by digital transformation. This transformation requires designing, planning, and executing on a coordinated and collaborative level across functions, operations, departments, and business units.
IoT creates new challenges for enterprises, especially when choosing technology. The IoT market is moving quickly. There are many evolving players and standards. Early adopter organizations that selected proprietary IoT platforms now find themselves tied to limited functionality, locked into a particular vendor, and rethinking their choices. Many organizations are now seeking open source alternatives, recognizing the value of open source communities as hubs of IoT innovation and continuous development. And many enterprises now realize that no single provider can completely address the end-to-end challenges IoT presents.
Yet, it is complex to manage multiple vendors’ solutions, incorporate various open source projects, validate that they work together, integrate them to provide the right functionality, and ensure future enhancement compatibility. That is why Red Hat, Eurotech, and Cloudera have combined their strengths and integrated their technologies to deliver the first end-to-end, open source IoT architecture that addresses enterprise IoT needs. Building on Red Hat’s experience as the world’s largest open source company, Eurotech’s capabilities and experience in operational technology environments, and Cloudera’s skills as a leading data analytics and data management company, Red Hat, Eurotech, and Cloudera are making IoT easier for organizations by providing a validated, modular, flexible architecture built to be open, interoperable, and cost-effective.
ADDRESSING IoT MARKET CHALLENGES
This end-to-end, open source architecture for IoT:
- Connects and manages millions of distributed IoT devices and gateways with added security.
- Simplifies data flow management with intelligence and analytics at the edge.
- Provides a comprehensive, centralized advanced analytics and data management platform with the ability to build or refine machine learning models and push these to the edge.
- Offers application development, deployment, and integration services.
Whether you are designing a complete IoT system or developing individual components of an intelligent solution, this end-to-end architecture can help you simplify development and integration tasks, save time, and reduce costs. The architecture provides the components and foundation needed for an end-to-end IoT solution, but with the benefits of open source innovation and interoperability. Its modular nature allows you to swap out system components over time so you can keep pace with advances in technology while protecting previous investments.
The components of the IoT architecture deliver the capability to manage connected “things,” control and manage the flow of data from device to the cloud, analyze data for insights and machine learning, and integrate, develop, and deploy applications.
The key components of the architecture are:
- Connected “things” that generate device data and require management, a secure connection, and seamless protocol translation.
- Intelligent IoT gateway stack to support data ingestion and control and enable analytics at the edge.
- IoT integration hub to manage disparate devices and control the operational flow of data directly to enterprise applications for input or to a data management platform for analysis.
- Data management and analytics platform for IoT data processing, persistent storage, analytics, and machine learning to enable deep business insights and actionable intelligence.
- Enterprise application environment for development, deployment, and integration of applications.
Enterprise-ready, open, and interoperable, the architecture is validated, integrated, and tested by Red Hat, Eurotech, and Cloudera. The architecture has pre-integrated security and management across devices, access, authentication, and applications, as well as data that is in motion and at rest. Its modular nature enables choice, protects your existing technology investments, and provides the flexibility to build out an IoT environment on-premise or in a multicloud environment, in a centralized or distributed design.
End-to-end analytics are available through the use of the integrated components of the architecture. Business rules and advanced analytical models can be deployed both at the edge and within the core platform, enabling decisions based on historical data and real-time device data.
As seen in figure 1, the architecture enables bi-directional communication with devices via intelligent-edge IoT gateways. Data is routed through the IoT Integration hub for application integration within the Enterprise application environment and for aggregation into the Data management platform for deep analysis and machine learning. Data can be flexibly processed throughout the architecture based on use case requirements, including the capability to apply machine learning models and advanced analytics at the edge.