Siemens and Aruba form strategic partnership for integrated networks
Siemens and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, have formed a strategic partnership focused on bridging the Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) worlds.
Based on their complementary portfolios, the two companies are able to support customers with reliable, secure and insightful data networks enabling high plant and network availability. Customers benefit from integrated networks with proven interoperability from factory floors to corporate offices based on Siemens' expertise as a provider of industrial Ethernet network components and Aruba's as a provider of wired and wireless LAN infrastructure.
Digitalisation is raising new challenges because data increasingly needs to traverse the boundary separating OT and IT. Typically, deterministic, industrial OT networks are not coupled tightly with enterprise IT networks. This results in gaps in data and device visibility, assurance, availability, and security. Bridging that divide requires expertise in both worlds and knowledge of the respective operational and security requirements. In the IT world, cybersecurity and trustworthy data are top priorities, whereas in the OT world, plant availability and manufacturing output targets are most important.
Siemens and Aruba believe that together they can bridge this divide based on their deep and complementary expertise in OT and IT. By providing integrated networks with tested interoperability and documented in validated reference designs, the two companies help to ensure that integrated OT/IT systems can be installed rapidly with ease, operated more securely, and supported more efficiently.>
Source: Control Engineering Europe - All Articles