Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) is a collection of tested and validated architectures that are developed by subject matter authorities at Cisco and Rockwell Automation. The testing and validation follow the Cisco Validated Design (CVD) and Cisco Reference Design (CRD) methodologies. The content of CPwE, which is relevant to both operational technology (OT) and informational technology (IT) disciplines, consists of documented architectures, best practices, guidance and configuration settings to help manufacturers with the design and deployment of a scalable, reliable, secure and future-ready plant-wide industrial network infrastructure. CPwE can also help manufacturers achieve cost reduction benefits using proven designs that can facilitate quicker deployment while helping to minimize risk in deploying new technology.
Industrial IoT (IIoT) offers the promise of business benefits through the use of innovative technology such as mobility, collaboration, analytics, and cloud-based services. The challenge for manufacturers is to develop a balanced security stance to take advantage of IIoT innovation while maintaining the integrity of industrial security best practices. Cloud Connectivity to a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture (CPwE Cloud Connectivity), which is documented in this Cloud Connectivity to a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture Application Guide, outlines several security architecture use cases for designing and deploying restricted end-to-end outbound connectivity from the machine to the enterprise to the cloud within a CPwE architecture. CPwE Cloud Connectivity is brought to market through a strategic alliance between Cisco Systems and Rockwell Automation.
This document contains the following chapters and appendices: