One partner in the Intercloud project, SAP, is interested in taking in summarized data from IOx into its Hana database, which will be part of the Intercloud infrastructure, Jouret said.
Few if any rivals could create what Cisco wants to make, between the edge network gear and the large-scale computing and infrastructure, said Steve Hilton of IoT consulting firm Machnation.
"If you're another company, you can copy a single piece of the solution. It gets much more difficult when you have to copy a whole series of pieces of the solution across different layers of the stack and then integrate it," Hilton said.
IoT is essentially a "big data" problem, but one where the biggest challenge can be transmitting the data in a technically and financially sensible manner, said Pund-IT analyst Charles King. Though Hewlett-Packard and other companies are also addressing both networking and computing, Cisco is well-positioned to solve this problem, King said.