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Industrial Network Architecture: Build One You Can Rely On


A robust network fabric couples logical and physical network solutions from design to installation. Improper or inadequate planning can lead to ‘network sprawl’—network architectures that grow out of control as a result of adding devices and connections haphazardly—limiting the ability to manage or diagnose issues when trouble arises Successful deployment depends on a robust physical infrastructure network design that addresses environmental, performance, and security challenges with best practices from Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT).


The below examples provide design and implementation guidance that supports proven and flexible logical architectures designed to optimize industrial network performance. Reference these drawings when upgrading an existing network or beginning a new network design to improve network reliability and performance. 


The Panduit Physical Infrastructure Reference Architecture Guide was developed in collaboration with Cisco, Rockwell Automation and other industry leaders to provide industrial Ethernet network design, deploy and manage guidance.