Cisco and SAS release new IoT analytics platform

Written By: Stratton Report
April 3, 2017


On April 3, Cisco and SAS announced the release of their Edge-to-Enterprise IoT Analytics Platform.  According to the firms, this is the first edge-to-enterprise platform for IoT analytics backed by a Cisco Validated Design. Flexible and scalable, the platform helps enterprises apply analytics at various layers of the network based on their volume, velocity and latency requirements.

The intention, per the partners, is to allow organizations to focus on uncovering meaningful results instead of struggling to put together a homegrown IoT platform.

Alan Webber, IDC Research Director remarked:

The value of IoT lies in the data that it provides. 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.

The firms stressed that the platform will enable analytic models to run against data-in-motion with a sub-second response time, close to the devices and sensors creating the data.

Cisco claims the system will provide a robust infrastructure to connect the edge to the data center/cloud and support the management of analytics at various network layers. This is especially relevant for deployments involving a large number of edge devices such as electric utilities with smart grids.

Raghunath Nambiar, Chief Technology Officer of Cisco’s Unified Computing Systems Group. Noted: “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. 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.”