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LF Edge Member Spotlight: ZEDEDA

By Blog, Member Spotlight, Project EVE

The LF Edge community is comprised of a diverse set of member companies that represent the IoT, Enterprise, Cloud and Telco Edge. The Member Spotlight blog series highlights these members and how they are contributing to and leveraging open source edge solutions. Today, we sat down with Aaron Williams, Developer Community Lead, and Erik Nordmark, Chief Architect and Co-Founder, at ZEDEDA to discuss the importance of a growing ecosystem, their IoT framework, the impact LF Edge has made and what the future holds for the company.

Can you tell us a little about your organization?

ZEDEDA delivers visibility, control, and security to enterprise IoT and edge deployments through edge virtualization. Ours is the only cloud service for edge management built on the open sourced Edge Virtualization Engine (EVE). By bringing virtualization to the edge, we allow businesses to deploy and manage any application on any hardware and connect to any cloud, breaking down IT silos and simplifying IoT strategies. Customers can easily dropship gateways at distributed sites without needing on-site IT expert personnel, and can launch greenfield and brownfield applications at scale with a single click of a button. 

With ZEDEDA, organizations easily eliminate the complexity of today’s IoT solutions at the edge and gain deeper insights into their operations by more effectively leveraging sensor data, including through AI-powered analysis in the cloud.

Why is your organization adopting an open source approach?

Today at the edge, there is a heterogeneous mix of hardware and applications, which makes it difficult to coordinate an IoT strategy and make the most out of all the available data. As a result, many enterprises can become mired in vendor lock-in. Embracing open standards gives the whole community a common foundation to work from, increasing interoperability, lowering the barriers to entry in this space, and promoting innovation. 

ZEDEDA adopted open source right from the beginning because we saw the value in providing a shared standard for edge virtualization technology. We think of it as being similar to what Android did for mobile phones, in terms of creating a single template for developers to follow that then ensures operability across a variety of hardware. Additionally, by making EVE open to community contributions, we’re committing to building the best possible solution with experts around the world.

Why did you join LF Edge and what sort of impact do you think LF Edge has on the edge, networking, and IoT industries?

The reason why we joined LF Edge is simple: we believe that the fastest route to innovation and success in edge computing is by working together with other companies to create universal standards that we can all build off of. It’s been a great opportunity to come together with like-minded organizations, contribute our expertise, and work collaboratively to build the best ecosystem possible for the future of edge computing. By hosting several key open source projects and making them available to the community, LF Edge is making it simpler for the industry at large to adopt IoT strategies as part of their IT portfolios. We believe that the rising tide will lift all boats, so to speak.

What do you see as the top benefits of being part of the LF Edge community?

There are many benefits of being part of this community. For one thing, it allows us to be at the table with other edge companies (both large and small) so that we can help shape the future of the edge in a way that benefits everyone. It also provides a learning opportunity when we all come together to better understand the different parts of the edge stack. Additionally, building our solution on top of code (EVE) that is open sourced through the Linux Foundation helps give our customers confidence that we’re working to the highest technical standards. Truly, we feel that we receive much more than we give as active participants in LF Edge.

What business/industry problems are you collaboratively working to solve?

Current solutions for edge deployments often leave several challenges unaddressed, and these are all problems that we help to solve with EVE and the ZEDEDA controller. For instance, typical edge management software has little-to-no interoperability, meaning that customers are locked into using a limited number of compatible apps, hardware, or clouds. By contrast, one of the main benefits of building our solution on top of the open-sourced EVE is that it gives all vendors a common foundation to work from: as long as their apps and APIs are compatible with EVE, they can run on any EVE-approved hardware. In the same vein, modern hardware and firmware isn’t generally suited to run legacy applications; however, many businesses still rely on legacy apps as a key part of their technology stack. By making use of virtual machines (VMs), edge virtualization allows legacy and modern apps to co-exist seamlessly on the same device. Security is also a critical part of edge deployments, with traditional solutions leaving businesses exposed to many vulnerabilities. By managing their edge deployments with EVE and the ZEDEDA controller, companies can mitigate against many of these vulnerabilities: EVE ensures that the device and data traveling to and from it is secure by leveraging the hardware root of trust, and the controller makes it easy to keep firmware and applications up-to-date with the latest software patches rolled out with a single push of a button.

 

What sort of contributions has your team made to the community, ecosystem through LF Edge participation?

ZEDEDA has been a major contributor to the Project EVE code base. In addition, we have worked hard to encourage our hardware and software partners to contribute their expertise to build out the hardware devices that EVE runs on.

How will LF Edge help your business?

Building on top of LF Edge’s Project EVE allows us to concentrate on what separates us from our competitors, secure in the knowledge that the foundation of our technology is solid. It also gives our customers confidence in our solution because it is built on code that meets the Linux Foundation’s high standard of technical excellence.

Can you give us an example of your LF Edge project in production and what problem it is solving?

A good example of EVE in production can be found on wind turbine farms. The operators of these farms face many challenges, including that the farms are remote, complex, expensive to maintain, and very large. There is limited IT staff on site, and a truck roll to do unscheduled maintenance can cost over $100,000. At the same time, downtime can cost $1,000 to $2,000 per day, which means that it is very important to the operators to have as much uptime as possible, but avoid unplanned maintenance.   

EVE works in conjunction with the ZEDEDA cloud-based controller to allow the operators to overcome these challenges. With EVE shipped on the device, the operator can take advantage of zero-touch provisioning and having a single pane through which to manage all devices. Since EVE is open sourced and works across a variety of hardware devices, the operator has the freedom of updating the hardware for new installs without making the previous installs obsolete. And with the 100% visibility and remote control of the devices, they are able to update their applications on the edge from anywhere at anytime.    

Project EVE Wind Turbine Demo Video by ZEDEDA

What advice would you give to someone considering joining LF Edge?

To borrow from Nike, “just do it.” Being a member of LF Edge allows you to be part of the conversation that is shaping the IoT revolution.  The Edge is too big and too complex of an industry for any one company to dominate, so the only way to create common standards and functionality is by working together. If you are not part of the LF Edge, you will be continually following the cutting “edge” of Edge development!  

 

Edge Computing at IoT Solutions World Congress 2019

By Blog, EdgeX Foundry, Home Edge, Project EVE

Every year one of the world’s largest Internet of Things trade shows, IoT Solutions World Congress, is held in Barcelona, Spain. It brings together device manufacturers, service providers, AI & ML companies and solutions integrators from around the world to share information about their products and the state of IoT ecosystems. Filling multiple convention halls at the Fira Barcelona center, and featuring the biggest names in IoT and technology, you can spend days walking the expo hall and talking to vendors.

Crowd at the LF Edge Booth

This wasn’t the first time the EdgeX Foundry has had a booth at IOTSWC, but this year they were joined by other LF Edge projects, specifically Home Edge and Project EVE, to present solutions across the edge landscape. Our booth was staffed by project contributors from all over the world, from the US and Europe to India and Taiwan, and featured real world examples of the open source technology that is being developed under the LF Edge umbrella.  Not only did our members get a chance to learn about each other’s projects during this time, they were able to explain those other projects to the visitors to our booth. It was truly a community coming together to support and promote the LF Edge as a whole.

EdgeX Smart Building Demo EVE deployments on a wind turbine

We spoke with thousands of people over the 3 days of conference, and gave countless demonstrations. One notable change in conversations from a year ago is that most attendees we spoke to this year already knew and understood the importance of edge computing, and were looking for specific solutions to the problems that they are now facing. And while many vendors at the show offered some of these solutions, only the LF Edge projects offered open, vendor agnostic platforms that prevent lock-in and promote an ecosystem of 3rd party development around commonly developed core.

Selfie of the LF Edge booth staffIf you missed us at IOTSWC, you can join our projects online where we have a public Slack, mailing lists and host our meetings in the open. You can also look for us at events in 2020!

The New Stack: How the Linux Foundation’s EVE Can Replace Windows, Linux for Edge Computing

By In the News, Project EVE

Whether or not Edge computing serves as the backbone of mission-critical business worldwide depends on the success of the underlying network.

Recognizing the Edge’s potential and urgency to support Edge network, The Linux Foundation earlier this year created LF Edge, an umbrella organization dedicated to creating an open, agnostic and interoperable framework for edge computing. Similar to what the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has done for cloud development, LF Edge aims to enhance cooperation among key players so that the industry as a whole can advance more quickly.

By 2021, Gartner forecasts that there will be approximately 25 billion IoT devices in use around the world. Each of those devices, in turn, has the capacity to produce immense volumes of valuable data. Much of this data could be used to improve business-critical operations — but only if we’re able to analyze it in a timely and efficient manner. As mentioned above, it’s this combination of factors that has led to the rise of edge computing as one of the most rapidly -developing technology spaces today.

This idea of interoperability at the edge is particularly important because the hardware that makes up edge devices is so diverse — much more so than servers in a data center. Yet for edge computing to succeed, we need to be able to run applications right on local gateway devices to analyze and respond to IoT and Industry 4.0 data in near-real time. How do you design applications that are compatible with a huge variety of hardware and capable of running without a reliable cloud connection? This is the challenge that LF Edge is helping to solve.

Part of the solution is Project EVE, an Edge Virtualization Engine donated to LF Edge by ZEDEDA last month. I think of EVE as doing for the edge what Android did for mobile phones and what VMware did for data centers: decoupling software from hardware to make application development and deployment easier.

Read more at The News Stack here.

LinuxGuizmos: LF Edge announces first Akraino release for open edge computing

By Akraino, EdgeX Foundry, In the News, Project EVE

The Linux Foundation’s LF Edge project announced the first release of the Akraino Edge Stack with 10 “blueprints” for different edge computing scenarios. Also: LF Edge recently announced new members and the transfer of seed code from Zededa to Project EVE.

The Akraino Edge Stack project, which earlier this year was folded into the Linux Foundation’s LF Edge umbrella initiative for open source edge computing, announced the availability of Akraino Edge Stack Release 1 (Akraino R1). Last month, LF Edge announced new members and further momentum behind its Project EVE edge technology. More recently Linux Journal’s Doc Searls published a piece on the LF’s 5G efforts and argued for more grass-roots involvement in LF Edge (see farther below).

Read the full article here.

SDxCentral: Edge Magnifies Open Source Challenges, Opportunities

By Akraino, EdgeX Foundry, In the News, Project EVE

There are almost as many open source groups and projects working on edge computing as there are definitions of edge — one such project, in fact, focuses exclusively on defining edge terms. This is partially due to the hype, and consolidation will probably happen as the hype turns into real-life deployments and concrete use cases.

We’re already seeing some signs of open source groups working together to solve edge challenges and take advantage of the opportunity it provides. The Linux Foundation and open standards body ETSI, for example, recently signed a memorandum of understanding to “bring open source and standards closer and foster synergies between them.” As it relates to edge, this means Akraino — which is the Linux Foundation’s open source edge software stack — will incorporate the ETSI Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) APIs directly into the stack.

Read the full article here.

SDxCentral: Project EVE Seed Code Drops, Creates Virtualization Standard for Edge Devices

By In the News, Project EVE

The Linux Foundation this week received initial seed code from Zededa for Project EVE (Edge Virtualization Engine), one of its five open source edge projects.

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.

Read the full article here.

Project EVE Code Now Available

By Blog, Project EVE

Project EVE (Edge Virtualization Engine), part of LF Edge since the organization’s inception, earlier this week marked an important milestone: the official handover of code from ZEDEDA. EVE provides an open standard for edge virtualization, helping make it as easy and secure to manage applications on edge devices as it is in the cloud. With EVE, enterprises can run a wide variety of applications on any edge-class gateway while enjoying the benefits of data center virtualization, like zero-touch provisioning and secure, one-click software update rollouts at IoT scale.

“Project EVE’s release under LF Edge is an important milestone for the edge computing industry,” said Melissa Evers-Hood, senior director of Google Operating Systems for Intel System Software Products, and chair of the LF Edge Governing Board. “An open approach to virtualization can help companies address the growth in diverse services and hardware configurations being deployed at the edge. Using virtualization to consolidate workloads provides companies with a more flexible and elastic infrastructure, allowing them to secure and manage these services while containing costs.”

Project EVE  allows applications ranging from legacy software programs running in virtual machines (VMs) to the latest microservices architectures to operate in a secure and reliable way on smaller edge devices. This is accomplished through the use of a type-1 hypervisor, an Edge Container runtime, and a hardened root-of-trust implementation, enabling workloads to run in either a VM or standard container environment. By decoupling software from hardware, EVE also allows for multi-tenant deployments that can operate in complete isolation from each other, increasing security and decreasing complexity.

Key features of Project EVE include:

  • Compatibility with all major edge hardware and cloud providers—no vendor lock-in
  • Ability to support any application that can run in a VM or standard container
  • Simplified application management through standardized APIs
  • Smarter hardware usage through coordinated resource allocation and partitioning
  • Ability to create a zero-trust approach to security, leveraging a hardened root-of-trust implementation

As the number of IoT devices continues to skyrocket, it’s becoming more and more important for businesses to be able to process, analyze, and act on sensor data in real time via local edge gateway systems. Project EVE provides a key component of the technology stack needed for powerful computing at the edge. By contributing the code for Project EVE to LF Edge, ZEDEDA is furthering the organization’s mission to create an open framework for edge computing.

For more information about Project EVE, visit https://www.lfedge.org/projects/eve/.

 

DataCenterNews: Linux Foundation’s LF Edge breaks edge computing’s barriers

By In the News, Project EVE

Edge computing should be completely interoperable and free of hardware, silicon, cloud and operating system restrictions. That’s the core message from LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation.

LF Edge recently announced that its Project Edge Virtualization Engine (EVE) will continue to pick up momentum, after receiving initial seed code from its founding member, ZEDEDA.
With the explosion in connected devices generating continuous data streams that require fast processing, edge computing enables data processing through local gateway systems to reduce latency and provide faster response.

With Project EVE, edge gateways and devices 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.

Read the full article here.

LF Edge Momentum Continues with Project EVE Seed Code, Project Demonstrations at IoT World and New Members

By Akraino, Announcement, EdgeX Foundry, Project EVE

  • IoT OnPrem Edge Virtualization Engine seed code contributed by ZEDEDA to LF Edge
  • Four new members join existing community of 70+ LF Edge organizations
  • LF Edge on Display at IoT World, with Akraino Edge Stack, EdgeX Foundry and Project EVE demonstrations

SANTA CLARA, Calif. IoT World  – May 14, 2019 – LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced continued project momentum. Project Edge Virtualization Engine (EVE) receives initial seed code from LF Edge founding member ZEDEDA, as the community showcases a range of edge/IoT application demonstrations, from connected cars to wind turbines, on-site at IoT World.

Additionally, LF Edge welcomes 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 excited to see the LF community continue to collaborate on building unified edge solutions,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager,  Networking, IoT and Edge Computing, the Linux Foundation. “We appreciate ZEDEDA’s leadership in helping us advance On-Prem Edge IoT with initiatives like Project EVE, and are eager to showcase the broad capabilities of LF Edge onsite in Santa Clara while welcoming our newest members.”

Edge Virtualization Engine Launches Initial Seed Code

Analysts predict more than 30B connected devices worldwide by 2020, all generating continuous data streams that will need to be processed quickly. Edge computing enables data processing through local gateway systems to reduce latency and provide faster response. With Project EVE, edge gateways and devices 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.

“With Project EVE, 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. “Imagine how much more impact we can achieve now that edge applications can be reliably managed and secured.”

LF Edge on Display at IoT World

LF Edge is on-site at IoT World in Santa Clara this week, May 13-16. Highlights include live project demonstrations in booth 610 and LF Edge community expert presentations:

  • Debut of the new Project EVE code
  • Live demonstrations of emerging Akraino blueprints for network cloud integration and industrial automation and Connected Cars
  • A smart build automation demo from EdgeX Foundry
  • A model wind turbine demonstrating EdgeX and Project EVE technology
  • Simulation of an industrial assembly line with sensor devices supporting MQTT and Monbus protocols
  • Arpit Joshipura will participate in two IoT panels; learn more: https://www.lfedge.org/event/iot-world-2019/.

More details on LF Edge’s activity at IoT World are available in this blog post. Please also follow @LF_Edge on twitter for real-time updates.

LF Edge Welcomes New Members 

LF Edge’s significant growth over the past five months– including strong industry event presence and face-to-face community meetings – continues today with the addition of new Associate and Liaison members:  Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the LIONS Center at the Pennsylvania State University, OTAinfo, and University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL).

Comments from New Members:

“Through its liaison program, IIC works with industry liaison partners to build out the Industrial IoT ecosystem in an effort to accelerate IIoT adoption,” said Wael William Diab, Chair of the IIC Liaison Working Group and Secretary of the IIC Steering Committee. “Open source communities play an important role in the industry ecosystem. The expansion of the scope of liaison collaboration between IIC and LF Edge builds on the successful collaboration and further enables the digital transformation.”

“LF Edge stands as an indispensable bridge between industry and academia. It brings Open Source SD-WAN Frameworks to researchers,” said Peng Liu, Director of Lions Center at The Pennsylvania State University. “We, as security researchers, are eager to learn more, work more and make more contributions. We are currently working on verification of the designs, applicable NIDS solutions, end to end security validation of CI/CD of Akraino. With this precious partnership opportunity, we would like to contribute more to make these projects simple, secure, and scalable SD-WAN solutions.”

“Together, we have a chance to create history by developing the next gen security for connected devices,” said Nupur Mehta, Co-Founder and CEO of OTAinfo. “After revenue, security is the second biggest concern for all IoT companies, and yet there is no clear open source framework widely available. OTAinfo joined LF Edge to provide developers a comprehensive plug and play security framework that eliminates remote update vulnerabilities. We look forward to working with the Edge members and stakeholders in the connected community to revolutionize security on the Edge.”

“There is no denying the value proposition to virtualization and the move to open source partnerships within industry.  By bringing these topics together, and focusing on the network edge, the LF Edge projects are going to enable the next generation of really exciting applications.”  Said Lincoln Lavoie, Senior Engineer, Broadband Technologies at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory “The UNH-IOL is thrilled to be participating in those projects, through our work with the Akraino project to develop the Community Lab, helping connect developers with the resources necessary to accelerate their open source efforts.”

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