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Why Cisco for Manufacturing?

Why Cisco for Manufacturing?

The top 6 reasons manufacturers turn to Cisco


We’re a trusted leader in industrial networking.

According to IDC, by 2020, 80% of manufacturers will need to extensively restructure, placing data at the center of their processes to increase speed, agility, efficiency, and innovation.* With this widespread adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), the need for a best-in-class networking foundation is greater than ever before. Cisco’s leadership in intuitive networks, as well as our easy-to-use management tools, can streamline your operations and reduce downtime and costs. In fact, Cisco was recently named number one in market share for industrial managed switches.** We support the top industrial automation and control systems (IACS) protocols, such as Ethernet IP, Profinet, and CC-Link.


We understand IT and OT (and their convergence).

IT and OT convergence is transforming manufacturing in ways neither function could have imagined. One result is that both sides of the factory are becoming even more effective at their jobs. As a leader in enterprise and industrial networking, Cisco is uniquely positioned to help unite IT and operations for digital manufacturing initiatives that save money, enhance profitability, amplify security, and improve operational efficiency.


Ironclad security is
built into everything
we develop.

Manufacturers have always been a rich target for cyberattacks, given the expanded attack surface across plants and operations. Factories also face the risk of physical damage, facility downtime, and breaches of customer data and intellectual property.
Cisco is the leader in industrial security, providing the tools you need to detect suspicious traffic flows, policy violations, and compromised devices within your factory environment. Cisco® technology helps reduce risks across all traffic — both unencrypted and encrypted — by helping you understand how, when, where, and why users and devices connect to your network.

We know the unique challenges of industrial wireless — and can solve them.

If you do it right, a Wi-Fi network on the factory floor can help you reduce operational costs, enable factory mobility, and make crucial real-time decisions. Cisco technology is designed to withstand rugged factory environments such as open building structures, dirt, and vibration. Our wireless solutions can help you securely and reliably connect machines, databases, and people — and strategically combine wireless with cabled networks.


We’ll partner with you to solve problems holistically.

Cisco Services offers manufacturers a premier consulting and technical support ecosystem that can help you more quickly realize the value of your technology investments. Whether you want to better anticipate industry changes, implement your technology, or secure your factory and reduce your risk, our services teams can help you make the most of your connected solutions.


You can leverage our ecosystem of industrial partners.

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By working with Cisco, you’re also gaining access to a large ecosystem of industrial partners. We work closely with software providers, systems integrators, and industry technology vendors to deliver complete solutions and business outcomes for manufacturing customers. By offering unique, manufacturing-focused solutions such as edge computing, our partners can help you connect legacy equipment to Ethernet networks for communications and real-time insights.