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LF Edge Releases Industry-Defining Edge Computing White Paper to Accelerate Edge/ IoT Deployments

LF Edge | June 28, 2022

LF Edge
LF Edge, an umbrella organization under 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 ecosystem collaboration via a new collaborative white paper, "Sharpening the Edge II: Diving Deeper into the LF Edge Taxonomy & Projects."

A follow-up to the LF Edge community's original, collaborative 2020 paper – which provides an overview of the organization and details the LF Edge taxonomy, high level considerations for developing edge solutions and key use cases, – the new publication dives deeper into key areas of edge manageability, security, connectivity and analytics, and highlights how each project addresses these areas. The paper demonstrates maturation of the edge ecosystem and how the rapidly growing LF Edge community has made great progress over the past two years towards building an open, modular framework for edge computing. As with the first publication, the paper addresses  a balance of interests spanning the cloud, telco, IT, OT, IoT, mobile, and consumer markets.

"With the growing edge computing infrastructure market set to be worth up to $800B by 2028, our LF Edge project communities are evolving, This paper outlines industry direction through an LF Edge community lens. With such a diverse set of knowledgeable stakeholders, the report is an accurate reflection of a unified approach to defining open edge computing."

Jason Shepherd, VP Ecosystem, ZEDEDA  and former LF Edge Governing Board Chair

"I'm eager to continue to champion and spearhead the great work of the LF Edge community as the new board chair," said Tina Tsou, new Governing Board chair, LF Edge.  "The Taxonomy white paper that demonstrates the accelerated community momentum seen by open source edge communities is really exciting and speaks to the power of open source."

The white paper, which is now available for download, was put together as the result of broad community collaboration, spanning insights and expertise from subject matter experts across LF Edge project communities: Akraino, EdgeX Foundry, EVE, Fledge, Open Horizon, State of the Edge, Alvarium, Baetyl, eKuiper, and FIDO Device Onboard.

ONE Summit North America 2022
Join the broader open source ecosystem spanning Networking, Edge, Access, Cloud and Core at ONE Summit North America, November 15-16 in Seattle, Wash. ONE Summit is the one industry event focused on best practices, technical challenges, and business opportunities facing decision makers across integrated verticals such as 5G, Cloud, Telco, and Enterprise Networking, as well as Edge, Access, IoT, and Core. The Call for Proposals is now open through July 8, 2022. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

About The Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world's leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation's projects are critical to the world's infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation's methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration.

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The IoT Community | June 08, 2022

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FPT Software | May 23, 2022

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ENTERPRISE IOT

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Blueforce Development Corporation | July 14, 2022

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