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 verification 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. CPwE is brought to market through a strategic alliance between Cisco Systems and Rockwell Automation.
Expanding on the existing collection of CPwE CVDs, this CPwE CRD outlines key requirements and application considerations to help with the integration of the Industrial Data Center (IDC) product within a CPwE architecture. The IDC is a purpose-built resource that provides compute, storage, and multi-layer network switching in a pre-engineered and validated package. This Deploying Industrial Data Center within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture Design Guide describes the IDC and validates some potential use cases within a CPwE architecture. CPwE IDC CRD was architected, tested, and documented by Cisco Systems, Panduit, and Rockwell Automation.
This document is composed of the following chapters and appendices.
The main intended audience for this document are IT and engineers at manufacturers looking for guidance for implementing an Industrial Data Center product and integrating it into the larger CPwE architecture.
Readers should already be familiar with the CPwE architectures.
Document Objective and Scope
This document briefly discusses the CPwE architecture and then focuses on the Level 3 Site Operations and the Cell/Area Zone(s), where the Industrial Data Center (IDC) solution from Rockwell Automation provides services to end users. This document is not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of every feature and option available, but instead is designed to highlight the most important use cases of the Rockwell Automation Industrial Data Center.