The use case for ThingWorx Kepware Edge is different than a KEPServerEX deployment. KEPServerEX serves as the connectivity backbone for a facility. A single instance of KEPServerEX on a Windows Server can monitor an entire work cell, line, or site, and monitor and control hundreds of thousands of tags at low latency
ThingWorx Kepware Edge also provides highly reliable and secure connectivity between industrial devices and critical applications, but the value of the product is in enabling a new, distributed connectivity architecture, especially to connect remote devices. We don’t intend for it to be a like-for-like replacement and work primarily with customers who need to deploy a network of ThingWorx Kepware Edge nodes.
There are key differences. ThingWorx Kepware Edge is headless—all configuration happens through a REST API and command line interface. While the drivers included in ThingWorx Kepware Edge are like the drivers included in KEPServerEX, there are differences.