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SAS Global Forum: Cisco and SAS Launch New Edge-to-Enterprise IoT Analytics Platform

By Ken Briodagh April 03, 2017

Harnessing all of the hardware and software, not to mention resulting data, required to realize the gigantic potential in IoT connectivity for Enterprise companies can be a daunting prospect. To address that need, Cisco and SAS have announced at this week’s SAS Global Forum a new platform solution designed to lower this risk: the Cisco SAS Edge-to-Enterprise IoT Analytics Platform.

This is the industry’s first edge-to-enterprise platform for IoT analytics backed by a Cisco Validated Design, according to the announcement. Designed to be both flexible and scalable, the platform leverages the strengths of each contributing company with the goal of helping enterprises apply analytics at various layers of the network based on volume, velocity and latency requirements.

“The value of IoT lies in the data that it provides,” said Alan Webber, IDC Research Director. “But data by itself is not valuable until, using analytics and analysis, it can be turned into information, knowledge and action. That is what makes this partnership between SAS and Cisco so exciting. It brings two world-class companies together to offer truly edge-to-enterprise value in transforming edge data gathered through IoT into unmatched business value through analytics.”

Mike Yost, President of MESA International, a global community of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders and solution providers, sees value in the platform. “When you dig down into the heart of the IoT discussion, it’s all about the business value potential presented by bringing IT and OT together – a complex challenge our members are eager to solve. Confidently pushing analytics through the network to where the data is created solves many problems. I trust people will enjoy being transformed from data caretakers to explorers, discovering all the possibilities that exist with better insight.”

451 Research did a deep dive into the SAS and Cisco platform; SAS takes Event Stream Processing to Cisco’s Edge for Internet of Things Stack, but the key features include:

Edge Computing. The combination of Cisco IoT Gateways and SAS Event Stream Processing is designed to enable analytic models to run against data-in-motion with a sub-second response time, close to the devices and sensors creating the data.

Flexible Enterprise Computing. Relevant data sets identified at the edge are transported to the data center or cloud, then combined with additional enterprise data to add context. Advanced analytical techniques, such as visualization, data mining and machine learning, are then applied to derive insights and create analytic models.

Management: Cisco provides the infrastructure to connect the edge to the data center/cloud and support the management of analytics at various network layers.

“The Cisco SAS Edge-to-Enterprise IoT Analytics Platform has broad applicability across many verticals and helps organizations obtain information instantly and take immediate action” said Raghunath Nambiar, CTO, Unified Computing Systems Group, Cisco. “By working together, Cisco and SAS enhance the value of streaming data for all kinds of applications including customer experience, asset performance and fraud scenarios. The combination gives our customers control and helps them remain agile.”

Nambiar and Oliver Schabenberger, CTO, SAS, together outlined the platform during SAS Global Forum 2017.




Edited by Alicia Young

Editorial Director

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