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.

Industrial CPwE Whitepapers

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Deploy an IDC in a CPwE Architecture

May 1, 2018

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

Secure Cloud Connectivity to a CPwE Architecture

April 2, 2018

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 a Resilient Ethernet Architecture

March 5, 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

February 1, 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

October 1, 2017

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

Deploy a Fiber Optic Physical Infrastructure

June 1, 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.

Deploy Firewalls Within a CPwE Architecture

December 31, 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

March 28, 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

January 19, 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.

Securely Traverse Data Across IDMZ

July 19, 2015

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

Deploying Network Address Translation (NAT)

May 29, 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

September 30, 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

June 30, 2014

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

Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Design

September 30, 2011

Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Design and Implementation Guide