Edge was one of the hottest topics in cloud computing in 2017. Here are some of our top resources for ramping up your knowledge.


Edge was one of the those topics in cloud computing in 2017 that was hard to get away from.

In a report from SDxCentral, 87 percent of respondents said that OpenStack would be used to manage edge infrastructure. Here are some of our top resources for ramping up your knowledge.

Navigating Kubernetes and edge computing

“Containers are what the developers are using,” said Jeremy Huylebroeck of Orange Silicon Valley. “It’s way more convenient for them to actually publish their code and try things faster.”

Paths to autonomous workload management at the edge

“We can’t assume that tech developed for data center operations can directly solve edge computing use cases,” says Inmarsat’s Gregory Katsaros. Here are his thoughts on moving forward.

How edge computing can take the pain out of daily life

From eldercare to taking the anguish from building Ikea furniture, one computer science pioneer outlines how edge computing will change our days for the better. Some day soon, when you assemble a piece of Ikea furniture without tears you’ll have edge computing to thank. That’s the vision of Mahadev Satyanarayanan, known as Satya, a computer science faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. While the word “disruptive” gets passed around more than bitcoin in the Bay Area, he means it, expecting that edge computing will touch everything from troubleshooting equipment repair to helping people with Alzheimer’s live at home for longer.

Pushing the edges with OpenStack

Verizon’s cloud-in-a-box offering based on OpenStack delivers computing to the edge — and your local coffee shop. “We need to be in the edge, the data center, all over the place,” says Beth Cohen, distinguished member of technical staff at Verizon. If you take a look at the the scope of their business, it’s easy to see why they need an edge: Verizon has a 4LTE network available to 98 percent of the US population, a global IP network covering six continents, IP and data services in over 150 countries and seven security operations centers on four continents.

Clearing up why fog computing is important

Superuser talks to Adrien Lebre, who co-chairs the OpenStack Fog, Edge and Distributed Computing Working Group. “During the last couple of years, there’s been a trend towards building mega data centers by companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. The idea is that you build a mega data center with thousands of servers to cope with the demands of cloud computing. Unfortunately, with the new usage trends — internet of things, tactical internet — these mega data centers cannot satisfy the latency needs for these applications. So,we need to propose a new model that will be able to satisfy all this latency-critical requirements.”

OpenStack Verizon case study: The illusion of infinite capacity

At the OpenStack Summit Boston, Billy Felton and Andrew Hendrickson of Verizon along with Sanjay Mishra CEO of Talligent offered a look into the platform, its architecture and what’s next as they deal with the challenges of edge computing.

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