Zededa is a founding member of LF Edge, which the Linux Foundation formed in January as an umbrella organization for its edge projects. At the time, it also announced Project EVE to develop standard edge architecture that accommodates on- and off-premises hardware, network, and application selections. This enables edge gateways and devices to run a variety of edge workloads simultaneously, decoupling application management from the underlying hardware. Applications can be deployed in standard virtual machines (VM) or container environments and be managed through a standard set of APIs.
“The goal is to create a single virtualization standard for edge devices for the industry to build around so that we can enjoy the benefits of cloud-native applications sooner rather than later,” said Said Ouissal, co-founder and CEO of Zededa, in a statement.
In addition to Project EVE seed code, LF Edge also this week announced new associate and liaison member organizations Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the LIONS Center at the Pennsylvania State University, OTAinfo, and University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL).
“We are seeing good progress by the community, and good momentum on edge,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager for networking, IoT, and edge computing at the Linux Foundation “People appreciate the fact that we are cutting across the IoT, cloud, telecom, and enterprise markets.”
Joshipura also discussed this idea — and the collaboration between the Linux Foundation and the Open19 Foundation — at this week’s Open19 Foundation Summit. Essentially, LF Edge aims to do for edge software what Open19 aims to do for edge hardware: standardize it, and keep it open and interoperable.
LF Foundation wants to provide a common framework across those four market segments (IoT, cloud, telecom, and enterprise) and “harmonize them from a software perspective so we can move edge forward,” Joshipura said during a keynote at the Open19 Foundation Summit. This will simplify processes and reduce costs for vendors and end users, and he added: “Anything that requires reinvention of the same lifecycle software management is overhead on vendors and end users.”