Feb 25, 2021

Siemens/IBM/Red Hat launch Hybrid Cloud Initiative

Red Hat
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Siemens, MindSphere
Siemens, IBM and Red Hat join forces to launch a Hybrid Cloud Initiative to increase real time value of industrial IoT data...

With ambitions to deliver an open, flexible and more secure solution for manufacturers and plant operators, Siemens, IBM and Red Hat have joined forces to launch a Hybrid Cloud Initiative. 

With a single manufacturing site generation over 2,200 terabytes of data with most going unanalysed, the three organisations aim to increase real time value from operational data. 

"We see that most industrial data is generated outside of IT – in manufacturing operations, supply chains or connected products – yet to leverage digital technologies, manufacturers choose to either send data up to their enterprise cloud, or bring the technology down. Our collaboration with Siemens uses hybrid cloud and is being engineered to deliver manufacturers the best of both worlds: autonomy, speed and control over shop floor data processed at the edge, as well as seamless connection to the enterprise,” said Manish Chawla, Industry General Manager, Energy, Resources, and Manufacturing at IBM.

Details of the joint initiative

Siemens Digital Industries Software will be applied to IBM’s open hybrid cloud approach, built on Red Hat's OpenShift. In doing so the three aim to extend the deployment flexibility of MindSphere, Siemens’ industrial internet of things (IIOT) as a service solution. 

This is said to enable customers to run MindSphere on-premise to unlock speed and agility in factory and plant operations, as well as through the cloud for seamless support, updates and connectivity. 

"Today's manufacturers require agility and flexibility to meet expectations for higher quality products with shorter production cycles. MindSphere already provides customers with data-driven insights to strengthen operations through Industrial IoT. Through our work with IBM and Red Hat, we can now offer customers the flexibility to choose to operate MindSphere on-premise or in the cloud to best meet their distinct operational needs and become more efficient, nimble and responsive to today's marketplace,” commented Raymond Kok, senior vice president of Cloud Application Solutions for Siemens Digital Industries Software.


MindSphere helps organisations collect and analyse real time sensor data from products, pants, systems, and machines to optimise manufacturing operations along the entire value chain to build real time digital twins.

Adopting Red Hat OpenShift as the preferred on premise architecture, customers benefit from the flexibility to run MindSphere solutions locally in a private cloud or in future applications via a hybrid, multi-cloud model, and enable field to enterprise insights. 

In addition, to reduce IT risk ,IBM Global Business Services and Global Technology Services consultants will provide managed services and IoT solutions for Siemens' MindSphere customers.

With their latest offering Siemens and IBM can help customers to retain full physical control of their data to better cope with regulatory requirements and data privacy.

"Our collaboration with Siemens helps streamline operations in manufacturing by bringing the leading Kubernetes platform and an open hybrid approach. With Red Hat OpenShift as the underlying platform for MindSphere, we reduce complexity by providing manufacturers one unified method to deploy and operate MindSphere on-site or in the cloud. This allows manufacturing leaders to focus on innovation and drive maximum business results,” concluded Darrell Jordan-Smith, senior vice president, Industries and Global Accounts, Red Hat.

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May 11, 2021

Four Factory of the Future Market Trends to Keep an Eye on

Georgia Wilson
2 min
Factory of the Future | Smart Manufacturing | Technology | Digital Factory | Digital Transformation | Innovation
Manufacturing Global looks takes a look at the latest market trends in smart manufacturing, industrial automation, smart factory and AI...

Global Smart Manufacturing Market

Attributed to the rapid growth in the adoption of automated systems in industrial processes, the global smart manufacturing market is predicted to grow from US$$175bn (2020) to US$303bn by 2026 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4% between 2019 and 2026.

While COVID-19 has somewhat slowed down the market’s growth, it is expected that by the second to third quarter of 2023 there will be a ‘considerable’ rise in growth for the market. 

Key players in the industry: Schneider Electric, General Electric, Siemens, Honeywell International Inc., Rockwell Automation Inc., FANUC Corporation, and Emerson Electric Co. 

Industrial Automation Market

Making people’s lives easier, and their work more accurate and effective, the global demand for automated technologies such as robotics - especially in science and technology - is driving its increase in global market value.

By 2027, the global industrial automation market is expected to reach US$326.14bn by 2027, with a CAGR of 8.9% between 2020 and 2027.

Key players in the industry: ABB, Siemens, General Electric, Schneider, Endress+Hauser, Yokogawa, Honeywell, WIKA, Azbil, Fuji Electric, 3D Systems, and HP.

Smart Factory Market

Expected to grow from US$80.1bn (2021) to US$134.9bn by 2026, the smart factory market - with a CAGR of 11% between 2021 and 2026 - is experiencing growth driven by fiscal policies adopted to keep manufacturing facilities afloat during COVID-19. 

Other driving factors include resource optimisation, cost reduction in production operations, increased demand for industrial robotics, rising demand for technologies, and the growing significance of energy efficiency. 

Key players in the industry: Emerson Electric Co., General Electric, Rockwell Automation, Inc., Schneider Electric SE, ABB Ltd., Siemens AG, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Honeywell International Inc., Endress+Hauser AG, and Yokogawa Electric Corp.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Manufacturing Market

“It is undeniable that the manufacturing industry is at the forefront of artificial intelligence implementation,” says Analytics Insights. “Manufacturers are using AI-powered analytics to increase performance, product quality, and employee protection, from substantial reductions in unplanned downtime to better crafted goods.”

As manufacturers look to realise the potential benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in their processes, it is predicted that the AI in manufacturing market will grow to US$11bn by 2025 with a CAGR of 54.6%.

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