Softing Industrial launches an AWS Quick Start for its edgeConnector Siemens docker container application, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Quick Start automatically deploys edgeConnector Siemens and AWS IoT SiteWise in the AWS cloud. It demonstrates how to connect Siemens PLCs to the AWS cloud in a secure and scalable way, offering a fast and flexible way to try out edgeConnector Siemens as a connectivity solution with AWS.
Quick Starts are automated reference deployments built by Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions architects and AWS Partners. Quick Starts helps to deploy popular technologies on AWS based on AWS best practices for security and high availability. These accelerators reduce hundreds of manual procedures into just a few steps so manufacturers can build a production environment in minutes and start using it immediately. Each Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment and a guide that describes the architecture and provides deployment instructions.
This is helpful for customers who are increasingly facing challenges in connecting the cloud to the edge in a secure way. “Many customers that we speak to, are hesitant when it comes to connecting their machines to the cloud and using the Internet of Things”, says Dr. Christopher Anhalt, VP Product Marketing at Softing Industrial Automation GmbH.
Softing says its edgeConnector Siemens Quick Start makes it easy for IT as well as for shopfloor personnel to gain first-hand experience with a secure and highly scalable end-to-end solution for Industrial IoT. It automates the deployment of Softing’s edgeConnector Siemens, a docker container application with gateway functionality, and AWS IoT SiteWise in the AWS cloud. A simulated Siemens S7-1500 PLC generates IoT sensor data that is sent to AWS via edgeConnector Siemens and visualized using AWS IoT SiteWise. The company says the entire deployment on AWS takes no more than 10 minutes.
edgeConnector Siemens is Softing’s first commercially available gateway product to support container technology. By leveraging Softing’s expertise in automation technology and IT/OT integration, it offers best-in-class connectivity for Siemens PLCs typically used in brownfield projects. As a Docker container, it integrates into the AWS solution architecture for Industrial IoT and can be operated and managed efficiently.
Softing connects disparate automation components to feed data from the shop floor to the cloud for control and analytics. The company’s products enable the monitoring and diagnosis of communication networks and thus ensure a reliable data flow. In this way, they create the basis for the optimization of production processes.
You can find more information about Softing Industrial and its AWS Quick Start on its website.