A complete architecture like Cisco's can have benefits to enterprises and the system integrators that often put together IoT infrastructures for them, said analyst Andy Castonguay of Machina Research.
"They're trying to make this transition for enterprises easier than what was there before," he said.
For one thing, going with Cisco's IoT System may reduce an enterprise's reliance on middleware vendors or developers to make disparate systems work together, Castonguay said.
Still, enterprise decision-makers are faced with complex decisions as they look at emerging products and the legacy IoT gear they may already have, Castonguay said. Any vendor's overall system needs to offer real benefits.
"It's going to be important for enterprises and operators to push back on companies -- not just Cisco," he said.
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