The OpenStack Foundation (OSF) Edge Computing Group is excited to announce we published our latest white paper, a result of collaboration among fellow open infrastructure operators and vendors! With deployments of IoT devices and the arrival of 5G networks, edge computing has rapidly gained popularity over the past few years. While the popularity has rapidly increased, there are still countless debates about the definition of related terms and the right business models, architectures and technologies required to satisfy the seemingly endless number of emerging use cases of this novel way of deploying applications over distributed networks.
In our previous white paper, the OSF Edge Computing Group defined cloud edge computing as resources and functionality delivered to the end users by extending the capabilities of traditional data centers out to the edge, either by connecting each individual edge node directly back to a central cloud or several regional data centers, or in some cases connected to each other in a mesh. From a bird’s eye view, most of those edge solutions look loosely like interconnected spider webs of varying sizes and complexity.
Our second white paper, Edge Computing: Next Steps in Architecture, Design and Testing, delivers the specific ways open source communities are shaping the future of edge computing by collecting use cases, identifying technology requirements and contributing architectures, open source components and considerations for testing activities.
This white paper also highlights the OSF Edge Computing Group’s work to more precisely define and test the validity of various edge reference architectures. To help with understanding the challenges, there are use cases from a variety of industry segments, demonstrating how the new paradigms for deploying and distributing cloud resources can use reference architecture models that satisfy these requirements.