Industrial Networks Design Guides

Proven Architectures with Design and Implementation Guidance

Rockwell Automation and Cisco collaborated to develop Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Architectures. These industrial-focused reference architectures provide users with the foundation to successfully deploy the latest technologies. The design and implementation guides include plant-wide focused, tested, validated, and documented reference architectures. Comprised of Rockwell Automation and Cisco expertise, the documents provide a foundation to help reduce risk and successfully deploy the latest technologies optimized for both OT and IT engineers.

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Deploy CIP Security within a CPwE Architecture

20 May 2020

See our IEC 62443 based security architecture use cases for designing and deploying CIP Security™ technology across plant-wide or site-wide IACS applications.

Device Level Ring within CPwE

23 March 2020

See our use cases for designing and deploying DLR technology across OEM and plant-wide IACS applications.

Secure Cloud Connectivity to a CPwE Architecture

5 January 2020

Application guide for security use cases to design and deploy end-to-end connectivity with FactoryTalk® software from the machine, to the enterprise, to the cloud within a CPwE architecture.

Deploying PRP within a CPwE Architecture

14 November 2019

See our use cases for designing and deploying Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) technology with redundant network infrastructure across plant-wide or site-wide IACS applications.

Scalable Time Distribution in a CPwE Architecture

9 May 2019

See our use cases for designing and deploying IEEE 1588 PTP and CIP Sync technology throughout a plant-wide network infrastructure.

Deploy Network Security in a CPwE Architecture

15 January 2019

Outlines several network security use cases for plant-wide Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) network infrastructure.

Deploy an IDC in a CPwE Architecture

1 May 2018

See use cases to design and deploy an IDC within plant-wide industrial automation and control system (IACS) applications.

Deploying a Resilient Ethernet Architecture

5 March 2018

Best practices and implementation considerations to help with successfully designing and deploying a holistic resilient plant-wide network architecture.

Deploy Identity and Mobility Services

1 February 2018

Guidelines for protecting IACS assets through deploying a centrally manageable defense-in-depth security approach that addresses internal security threats.

Lightly Managed Industrial Switch Deployment

1 October 2017

Guidance to design and deploy Stratix® 2500 lightly managed ethernet switches within OEM applications and CPwE architectures.

Deploy a Fiber Optic Physical Infrastructure

1 June 2017

This application guide provides direction for the fiber optic cabling used in a Converged Plant-wide Ethernet architecture. Tested and validated by Cisco, Panduit, and Rockwell Automation.

Securely Traverse Data Across IDMZ

15 May 2017

Guidelines to help with the successful design and deployment of an Industrial Demilitarized Zone within Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) architectures

Deploy Firewalls Within a CPwE Architecture

31 December 2016

Read about use cases for designing, deploying, and managing industrial firewalls throughout a plant-wide IACS network infrastructure.

Site-to-Site VPN to a Ethernet Architecture

28 March 2016

Outlines the concepts, requirements, technology and design considerations for connecting remote industrial automation and control system (IACS) assets to a plant-wide network architecture.

Migrating Legacy IACS Networks

19 January 2016

Outlines requirements and solutions for specific applications of migrating a traditional Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) network architecture to standard Ethernet and IP.

Deploying Network Address Translation (NAT)

29 May 2015

Guidelines for deploying Network Address Translation (NAT) technology enabling the reuse of IP addresses, while allowing those IACS applications to integrate into the larger architecture.

Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology

30 September 2014

The CPwE-WLAN design and implementation guide builds on the existing CPwE architecture by introducing 802.11 Wireless LAN network capabilities, with emphasis on equipment connectivity.

Deploying the Resilient Ethernet Protocol

30 June 2014

This guide explores deploying the Resilient Ethernet Protocol within the CPwE reference architectures by showing convergence functions.

Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Design

30 September 2011

Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Design and Implementation Guide