Hybrid hosting solutions for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things

Each individual company is in the process of redefining itself as an information company. [...] and they turn to external providers to help them manage the Internet of Things. The internal infrastructure will not be able to handle this vast stream of data. It will not disappear, but will be expanded by cloud resources.

Rachel Chalmers, Technology Analyst¹
Industry 4.0 business study

The Internet of Things and resulting Industry 4.0 provide huge potential for companies - as well as challenges for IT. Find out how the mid-sized sector can master digitalisation without high IT investment in this exclusive business study.

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Current trends such as Industry 4.0 (smart industries), the Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M (machine to machine) clearly show: digitalisation is becoming part of production and everyday life. This means that all machines are able to retrieve information via sensors, exchange them and synchronise them. This creates a huge amount of data. In order to stand any chance of coping with this big-data scenario, a high capacity of computing power, storage space and bandwidth is required.

However, this complex data processing is not one of the core competencies of a mechanical engineering, logistics or industrial company. We therefore offer you the relevant know-how and high-performance data centre infrastructure as external services. So you can continue to use your internal systems to control production, but relocate the storage and processing of your smart data to a managed, redundant and highly secure PlusServer environment.

We guide you on the way to Industry 4.0: working in close collaboration with you, we develop a Managed Hosting, Cloud and/or Colocation solution that is perfectly suited to your needs. To do this, we provide a personal Project Manager who supports you throughout all the phases of the project, from the first non-binding consultation (on your premises), through to the design and implementation of your setup.

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Industry 4.0,
Internet of Things and M2M

What do these terms actually mean? They fundamentally all describe the same phenomena, namely objects and machines communicating with one another to obtain certain data. This data then either brings about a direct action - e.g. beacons in stationary business or a self-filling refrigerator - or are processed for further measures later on, for further optimising production or logistics processes.

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Internet of Things

The term ‘Internet of Things’ was coined by British technology pioneer, Kevin Ashton, in 1999. It describes the connection between the real and virtual world. This takes place via RFID chips, beacons, barcodes, etc. While the concept of the Internet of Things was first conceived for the logistics industry in order to simplify the process of transporting containers, it is now hard to imagine everyday life without it. Just think, for example, of printing QR codes on posters and all kinds of wearable technology (portable smart devices like fitness trackers).


Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is basically an internet of things, which is used especially for the manufacturing sector. The term itself comes from a German initiative of the industry associations Bitkom, VDMA and ZVEI. However, the concept of Industry 4.0 is by no means a purely German phenomenon, and is pursued worldwide under the name ‘Smart Industries’. 4.0 alludes to a fourth industrial revolution, which arises from so-called smart factories. In these factories all machines, products and processes are connected. The technical foundation for this, much like the Internet of Things, are items such as sensors, actuators, wireless networks, etc.

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Machine to machine (M2M)

Machine to machine communication describes direct interaction between machines, automats, cars, etc. or with a central control centre in industry and logistics. The concept comes from telemetry, i.e. remote monitoring and maintenance. As with the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, the terms and concepts are not always clearly distinguishable from one another.

Why choose PlusServer for Industry 4.0

Internal infrastructure reaches its limits

As a result of the networking of all devices and the constant exchange of data as part of Industry 4.0, the requirements on IT infrastructure are increasing. Managed Hosting solutions are a useful addition, even if you continue to use your internal IT, for example, to control your production processes.

A simple example: you produce a flower pot which, as a smart object, constantly measures the nutrient and water level in the soil and sends this information to a database which stores the ideal values for all conceivable plants. The owner then sees the information on their smartphone and finds out whether they need to fertilise the plant more or water it less. In this example, you would keep using your IT infrastructure for the pot production.

However, the database, which provides the necessary information on the internet in real time, would be located in our computer centre.

By outsourcing IT to PlusServer, you benefit from a virtually unlimited amount of possible server, storage and network resources, as well as the right management and service level for your needs.

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Hybrid IT infrastructures for Industry 4.0

For SMEs, Industry 4.0 represents an exciting opportunity to make the value added chain more efficient and to reduce production costs. By moving some IT resources to external vendors, you have access to powerful and cost-effective infrastructures.

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More than 20 years of experience
More than 20 years of experience

Nothing is as educational as practice. We have gained a profound level of experience through numerous complex infrastructure projects for SMEs, large companies and globally active corporations. We also understand the needs of medium-sized companies and which IT solutions are the best choice for Industry 4.0. So you are optimally equipped when digitalisation involves large amounts of data.

Connection / data centres
Connection / data centres

Our core backbone connects the PlusServer data centres to the internet with over 250 Gbit/s uplink capacity. With direct connections to important hubs as well as numerous carriers, it is one of the most powerful backbones in Europe with the lowest latencies and a network availability of 99.99%. Certification in accordance with ISO 27001 and PCI DSS from TÜV Süd confirm that our PlusServer data centres meet the highest data protection requirements.

Flexible Managed Cloud Hosting
Flexible Managed Cloud Hosting

No revolution happens overnight. That’s why digitalisation in your company is probably taking place step by step. In this case, a cloud solution is the perfect choice. Because this is scalable at any time and can be ideally combined with your internal or dedicated infrastructure. So you can create an agile hybrid cloud environment that allows you to swap over to virtual resources during peak loads, while you still enjoy full security and control.

Personal consulting and tailored solutions
Personal consulting and tailored solutions

Each company is unique, so we offer you a Managed Hosting solution which is precisely tailored to your needs. To develop this, we provide you with a personal Project Manager who, together with the project team and in close collaboration with you, analyses the current situation, designs the appropriate infrastructure and then coordinates the implementation. So you can get on and concentrate on your core business.

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A world in which physical objects are seamlessly integrated into the information network and in which physical objects can be active participants in business processes. There are services available which allow you to interact with these “smart objects” online, query and change their status and all the information associated with them.

Stephen Haller, SAP Research²

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¹ The Internet of Things: A Boom for Hosting: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2012/09/20/the-internet-of-things-a-boom-for-hosting/
² Internet of Things: An Integral Part of the Future Internet; By Stephen Haller, SAP Research: http://services.future-internet.eu/images/1/16/A4_Things_Haller.pdf