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Industrial Network Convergence: New Opportunities and Challenges

As network convergence accelerates—linking the enterprise with the industrial EtherNet/IP network —organizations expect to benefit from new efficiencies and cost savings.


Convergence Also Introduces Challenges Into the Industrial Network:

  • Performance and Reliability – harsh environments can increase the potential for network
    connectivity problems if not addressed effectively
  • Security – linkage between the enterprise and industrial network can make it difficult to
    remediate security threats
  • Safety – converged environments can increase exposure of IT personnel
    to electrical safety hazards if not isolated properly


Panduit Works With You to Mitigate Risks and Benefit From Network Convergence.

We understand that network infrastructuresecurity and safety challenges can hinder successful network convergence. Together with our partners, Panduit provides solutions that reduce network-wide security risks, including unauthorized access and accidental breaches, so mission-critical operations are protected.


The Micro Data Center—linking the corporate and industrial network.

The Micro Data Center (MDC) is a bridge between the corporate IT network and manufacturing network. This consolidated data center includes a rack or cabinet that houses servers, switches, patch panels, horizontal and vertical cabling, accessories and DIN mounted devices that are dedicated to the manufacturing zone. The MDC also houses devices that create a safety zone that stops incoming security risks from being passed through your network.