Portainer Supports 3 Key Edge Use Cases

Manage the deployment of container-based applications and Edge devices in an easy and secure manner.
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IIOT / IOT and Network Edge

These examples of Edge use cases are common across different OT and IT sectors. By adding Portainer to the infrastructure, our customers speed up their onboarding process of new Edge Devices and accelerate the deployment process when rolling out applications at a large scale. The underlying hardware that is used as the Edge Device varies depending on the use cases from small Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) in an electrical cabinet for IIoT use case to large bare metal server in regional data centers. The infrastructure remains easy to operate on due to Portainer’s well-designed UI and existing and secure network topologies can be retained. Please note that the following use cases and reference architectures are just examples; contact us for details.
Use case #1

Industrial IOT / Smart Manufacturing

Use Case Objective: Transfer data from sensors from the shop floor to central local IT systems or to the cloud via an Edge Gateway using for instance MQTT or UPC-UA. The data is consumed by applications that often provide dashboarding, condition monitoring or predictive maintenance capabilities. It’s also very common that the data is send to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to gain powerful insights and decision support.
Edge Devices: Industrial PC as OT/IT Gateway and PLC
Network Characteristics: Segregated OT and IT network, isolated network between OT and IT network, very restricted network access between OT and isolated network as well as between isolated and IT network
Portainer running on: Edge Devices (Portainer Agent), Edge Gateway (Portainer Server), Cloud/Central IT System (Portainer Server).
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Use case #2

Internet of Things - Smart Building and Smart Cities

Use Case Objective: Transfer data from sensors in smart buildings or cities directly to the cloud. The data is consumed by applications that often provide dashboarding, condition monitoring or predictive maintenance capabilities. In addition, it’s common that data is also sent from the cloud to actuators in smart buildings or cities to control the process.
Edge Devices: Small embedded devices with sensors or/and actuators
Network Characteristics: Direct network access between Edge Devices and Cloud
Portainer running on: Edge Devices (Portainer Agent), Cloud (Portainer Server).
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Use case #3

Network Edge – Own software stacks in regional data center

Use Case Objective: Hosting own or purchased software stacks across different regional data centers. Managing for instance a software stack for low-latency streaming so that this service is available to all of the sites that are connected to the regional data center. Managing and monitoring the deployments from a central instance in the cloud.
Edge Devices: Bare metal server or virtual machines in regional data centers
Network Characteristics: Direct network access between Edge Devices and Cloud
Portainer running on: Edge Devices (Portainer Agent), Cloud (Portainer Server).
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