New Open Source Software From Edgeworx Can Make Any Kubernetes Distribution Edge-aware

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  • With a one-line install, ioFog Engine can be installed onto any piece of edge hardware that runs Linux.
  • It enables developers to simply and securely deploy, manage and orchestrate applications and microservices from cloud to edge.
  • With ioFog software platform, developers can use the same tools and languages they use in the cloud, at the edge also.

Securing and managing large numbers of connected devices at the edge is a growing problem among developers, but Silicon Valley-based edge computing startup Edgeworx has come up with a solution.

The company’s technology, the ioFog Platform, open sourced under the Eclipse Foundation, can turn any compute device into an edge software platform.

It makes any Kubernetes distribution edge-aware, allowing developers to create a true cloud-to-edge continuum and deploy applications and microservices from the cloud to any edge device.

With a one-line install, ioFog Engine can be installed onto any piece of edge hardware that runs Linux, allowing developers to simply and securely deploy, manage, and orchestrate applications and microservices.

Additionally, ioFog enables those devices to form an Edge Compute Network (ECN), where the nodes are interconnected and are able to pass encrypted data directly peer-to-peer, a necessity when high-speed connectivity is not necessarily guaranteed at the edge.

“We are delivering today a full cloud-to-edge solution that’s 100-percent open source and works with any Kubernetes flavours and distros,” said Farah Papaioannou, co-founder and president of Edgeworx.

A cloud native open innovation

According to the company, the Eclipse ioFog software platform has been in development for five years.

Today, it claimed, the platform is being used by customers in different vertical industries such as retail, automotive, oil and gas, telco, and healthcare to turn any compute device into an edge software platform.

“Eclipse ioFog is an important example of cloud native open innovation within the Eclipse community. With the latest Edgeworx release based on ioFog, developers are able to extend Kubernetes to easily deploy, secure and manage edge compute networks supporting applications such as advanced AI and machine learning algorithms,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation.

Kilton Hopkins, co-founder and CEO of Edgeworx, explained that this software will help developers to deploy applications from the cloud to the edge to exploit the power of new emerging hardware platforms, such as GPUs, TPUs and VPUs.

“We make that process extremely simple for developers, allowing them to use the same tools and languages they use in the cloud, but this time at the edge,” he said.

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