Siemens, IBM and Red Hat are collaborating on a new hybrid cloud designed to increase real-time value of industrial IoT data.
According to the companies, Siemens Digital Industries Software will apply IBM’s open hybrid cloud approach, built on Red Hat OpenShift, to expend the deployment flexibility of MindSphere, Siemens’ industrial IoT as a Service solution.
The collaboration is designed to enable customers to run MindSphere on-premise and improve speed and agility in factory and plant operations as well as through the cloud for product support, updates and enterprise connectivity.
MindSphere is used to collect and analyze real-time sensor data from products, plants, systems and machines. It enables users to optimize products, production assets and manufacturing processes along the entire value chain to build a real-time digital twin. By adopting Red Hat OpenShift, customers will have the flexibility to run MindSphere solutions locally in a private cloud or through a hybrid, multi-cloud model, as well as enabling field to enterprise insights, according to the press release.
IBM Global Business Services and Global Technology Services consultants will serve as a provider for managed services and IoT solutions for Siemens MindSphere customers, according to the press release.
The collaboration builds on a long-standing relationship between IBM and Siemens, including a recent joint solution with IBM Maximo that extends the operating lifecycle of industrial products and machinery by bringing together engineering, operations and maintenance data into one platform, according to the announcement.
According to IBM, this is part of IBM’s ecosystem program to invest in accelerating adoption of hybrid cloud and open architectures across essential industries, including manufacturing, energy, smart cities, telecommunications and financial services.
According to IBM, Siemens is leveraging IBM’s Cloud Engagement Fund, established as part of IBM’s $1B investment into its ecosystem, to access technical resources and cloud credits to support migration of client workloads to hybrid cloud environments.