Edge computing is the collection and crunching of data on the manufacturing floor close to the actual devices. It’s about moving your data to the edge of your network. With this concept, you can use an edge appliance on the floor to collect and analyze data.

Network security can be a lot like safety; too much and your production may suffer, too little and you leave yourself exposed to cyber-attacks. There needs to be a balance between maintaining high overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and mean time to repair (MTTR) levels with network protection.

VLAN stands for Virtual Local Area Network. So, what does the “virtual” adjective mean? In a nutshell, VLANs allow a group of Ethernet devices (subnet) to be physically separated by many Ethernet switches but communicate as if they were all connected to the same physical Ethernet switch.