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Announcing the Second Annual Edge Woman of the Year Award

By Postcards from the Edge

State of the Edge and Edge Computing World Present the Second Annual Edge Woman of the Year Award

Edge Computing Industry Seeks to Recognize Women Shaping the Future of Edge and Invites Nominations for 2020

July 01, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–State of the Edge, an open source project under the LF Edge umbrella dedicated to publishing free research on edge computing, and Edge Computing World, an event that brings together the entire edge ecosystem, have announced they are accepting nominations for the Second Annual Edge Woman of the Year Award 2020. The award recognizes leaders who have been impacting their organization’s strategy, technology or communications around edge computing, edge software, edge infrastructure or edge systems. The organizers encourage industry participants to nominate their colleagues for qualified women to nominate themselves. The “Top Ten Women in Edge” finalists will be selected by the organizers and the final winner will be chosen by a panel of industry judges. Finalists will be announced at Edge Computing World, being held virtually October 12-15, 2020.

“By honoring the innovative women pushing the edge computing industry forward, we acknowledge the importance of their work and the continued need for diversity in a burgeoning and innovative field,” said Candice Digby, Partnerships and Events Manager at Vapor IO. “We are thrilled to host the second annual Edge Woman of the Year award program and look forward to honoring this year’s leader.”

State of the Edge and Edge Computing World are proud to sponsor the second annual Edge Woman of the Year Award, presented to outstanding female and non-binary professionals in edge computing for exceptional performance in their roles elevating Edge. This award highlights the growing importance of the contributions and accomplishments of women in this innovative industry. Nominations are now being accepted, and can be entered here.

Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Career contributions and involvements (ex. industry associations, open-source contributions, etc.)
  • Overall involvement in greater technology industry and demonstration of leadership qualities
  • Specific contributions to edge computing (team projects and collaborations admissible)
  • Contributions and involvement need not be technical; the award may be given to those in functions that include senior leadership, sales, marketing, etc.

Advisory Board of the 2020 Edge Woman of the Year Award include:

  • Nadine Alameh, CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium
  • Samantha Clarke, Director of Business Development, Seagate Technology
  • Michelle Davis, Manager, DoD/IC Specialist SA team, Red Hat
  • Eliane Fiolet, Co-Founder, Ubergizmo
  • Janet George, GVP Autonomous Enterprise, Oracle Cloud
  • Maribel Lopez, Founder and Principal Analyst, Lopez Research
  • Maemalynn Meanor, Senior PR and Marketing Manager, The Linux Foundation
  • Carolina Milanesi, Founder, The Heart of Tech
  • Molly Wojcik, Director of Education & Awareness, Section

“It was an honor to acknowledge an exceptionally strong group of nominees last year, and we look forward to again recognizing those iterating on the edge computing technology in exceptionally creative ways this year,” said Gavin Whitechurch of Topio Networks and Edge Computing World. “It is imperative we take note of and acknowledge our colleagues leading the edge computing revolution, and we look forward to doing that with this year’s Edge Woman of the Year award.”

For more information on the Women in Edge Award, please visit http://www.edgecomputingworld.com/edgewomanoftheyear.

About State of the Edge

State of the Edge is an open source project under the LF Edge umbrella that publishes free research on edge computing. It is a Stage 2 project (growth) under LF Edge and is divided into three working groups: Open Glossary of Edge Computing, the Edge Computing Landscape and the State of the Edge reports. All State of the Edge research is offered free-of-charge under a Creative Commons license, including the landmark 2018 State of the Edge report, the 2019 Data at the Edge report and, most recently, the 2020 State of the Edge report.

About Edge Computing World

Edge Computing World is the only event that brings together users and developers with the entire edge ecosystem to accelerate the edge market & build the next generation of the internet. For 2020 the virtual event focuses on expanding the market, with new features including the Free-to-Attend Edge Developers Conference & the Free-to-End Users Edge Executive Conference.

State of the Edge Joins LF Edge

By Postcards from the Edge

On April 8, 2020, State of the Edge became part of The Linux foundation. This extends a long-standing relationship between the two organizations, which began in 2018 when we contributed the Open Glossary of Edge Computing to the foundation and it became a top-level project within the LF Edge umbrella.

Founded in 2017 by industry pioneers Vapor IO, Packet by Equinix, Edge Gravity by Ericsson, Arm, and Rafay Systems, the State of the Edge organization has published three major edge research reports, all offered free-of-charge under a Creative Commons license: the landmark 2018 State of the Edge report, the 2019 Data at the Edge report and, most recently, the 2020 State of the Edge report. The organization’s founding co-chairs, Matthew Trifiro, CMO of Vapor IO, and Jacob Smith, VP Bare Metal Strategy & Marketing of Equinix, will remain as co-chairs of State of the Edge.

Operating under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, State of the Edge oversees three project working groups:

Many believe edge computing will be one of the most transformative technologies of the next decade, and State of the Edge seeks to document it.

An open and collaborative community of organizations and individuals, State of the Edge seeks to cultivate a passion about the future of edge computing. The project seeks to advance edge computing through research, consensus-building, ecosystem development and effective communication. To that end, State of the Edge reports curate contributions from a diverse community of writers and analysts. By including many voices, State of the Edge publications avoid the often incomplete, skewed and overly vendor-driven research typically available.

Democratizing Edge Computing Research

The first State of the Edge report, released in 2018, established a baseline of knowledge from across the edge computing industry. This made it possible for readers to accurately assess what edge computing meant for them, their customers and their unique use cases. This first report covered what were many new and often misunderstood concepts, tying them together in a way that enabled more people than ever before to appreciate and understand the edge.

At the beginning of 2019, we created Data at the Edge using a grant we received from Seagate. And at the end of 2019, we released the State of the Edge 2020 report. The project participants are especially proud of the 2020 report because it offered a comprehensive forecast model for edge computing the predicted capital spend on data centers and related infrastructure. While forecast models on edge computing exist, they are often proprietary and are not built transparently. Moreover, they are typically locked behind expensive paywalls that limit the number of people that can benefit from them.

The State of the Edge is run as an open source project and publishes all of its reports under a Creative Commons license, making it freely available to anyone who is interested. This approach allows the community to benefit from shared knowledge and valuable research on edge computing, without limiting it to those with money to spend.

Available to Read Now

The State of the Edge 2020 report is available to read now for free. We encourage anyone who is interested in edge computing to give it a read and to send any feedback to State of the Edge.

Data at the Edge Report

Get Your Free Copy of our First Topical Report: Data at the Edge

By Blog

State of the Edge has published its first topic-specific report, Data at the Edge: Managing and Activating Information in a Distributed World. Building upon the inaugural edge computing ecosystem report published in June of last year, this topical report focuses on managing and activating information using edge computing. The report is freely available here.

The 26-page Data at the Edge report is available free of charge. In the report, we examine how data is shaping the rise of the edge. It provides an overview of existing research and predictions around data growth, as well as highlights how business will become more efficient and competitive by extracting previously untapped value from data using edge computing. Key findings of the report include:

  • Data is proliferating at unprecedented speeds: Data generated by the year 2025 is expected to exceed 175 zettabytes, a tenfold increase from 2016 levels. The need to manage this staggering volume of data is going to be a key driver of distributed architecture.
  • The center of data’s gravity is shifting to the edge of the network. As a result, data will need action at or near the edge and away from the core.
  • Four key factors drive demand for edge computing: latency; high data volume accompanied by insufficient bandwidth; cost; data sovereignty and compliance.
  • It won’t be cloud versus edge; it will be cloud with edge. As massive amounts of data are created outside the traditional data center, the cloud will extend to the edge.
  • Centralized cloud computing will persist, though edge computing will create radically new ways in which we create and act upon data, creating new markets and unlocking new value.

Be sure to get your free copy.

About State of the Edge reports

State of the Edge reports are produced and funded collaboratively by a growing coalition of edge computing companies, with an explicit goal of producing original research without vendor bias and involving a diverse set of stakeholders. Supported by member funds and a community-driven philosophy, the State of the Edge mission is to accelerate the edge computing industry by developing free, shareable research that can be used by all. State of the Edge reports are made available under a Creative Commons 4.0 license, which allows materials to be shared free of change, encouraging the widest possible distribution.

An Open Source Ethos

Since its launch, State of the Edge has made significant open source contributions, including the Open Glossary of Edge Computing, which is now officially housed under  The Linux Foundation’s LF Edge group, dedicated to edge computing projects. Today the organization is announcing the donation of the Edge Computing Landscape Map to The Linux Foundation, to be led by the Open Glossary project.

How to Join

State of the Edge is open to any company in the edge computing ecosystem. Companies may inquire about membership by emailing state.of.the.edge@gmail.com. Membership is $7,500 per year for most companies, with a special discount for startups with 30 or fewer employees ($2,500/year).

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Edge: The End of Cloud as we Know It?

By Blog

Many have predicted that edge computing will completely replace cloud. Is this even possible? Reasonable? Let’s find out.

Peter Levine, a well-regarded thought leader and partner at Andreessen Horowitz gave a presentation in 2017 titled The End of Cloud Computing.

In this talk, Peter puts forth the observation that we’re flooding our world with intelligent devices, from the latest generation smartphones to ubiquitous sensors and autonomous cars. He argues that in order to support these devices, more and more of our workloads will need to be run at the edge. By shifting the bulk of compute to the edge, he says, we destroy what we mean today by cloud computing.

Peter’s exaggerations make for great headlines, but they also muddle the serious conversation. Pitting cloud against edge is a false comparison. The cloud will certainly change —on that point Peter is spot on — but it won’t be cloud versus edge. It will be cloud and edge..

The cloud as we know it today will expand to the edge of the network. The large centralized cloud data centers, such as those owned by Microsoft and Google, will be augmented with thousands of micro data centers at the edge of the last mile network. These micro data centers will be placed as close as possible to the devices and people they are serving, such as at the base of cell towers and on the roofs of buildings.

By embracing these micro data centers and treating them as highly-distributed regions and availability zones, a new paradigm of cloud will come about. Increasingly, applications won’t just be “cloud native,” they will be “edge-native.” Edge computing won’t destroy the cloud; edge and cloud will merge.

The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Edge computing, like any emerging technology, needs commercially-viable use cases to justify its capital outlay. As the dust settles in accounting, many of the most celebrated applications of edge computing, including autonomous vehicles and augmented reality, seem futuristic and potentially far-fetched. Whether or not you believe these technologies to be imminent or fanciful, you have to ask a more basic question: Are there practical applications of edge computing today that will drive the initial capital expenditures?

Indeed, the answer is: Yes.

There are powerful near-term uses of edge computing that are, by themselves, capable of fueling the rollout of edge infrastructure. These are edge-enhanced applications such as:

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs): 20 years ago, the founders of Akamai invented what can be seen as the early proto-stages of edge computing. They realized, back then, that the speed of light is too slow and multiple hops across the network are too unreliable. By placing content and caching servers out in the field, near the edge, they could greatly reduce network congestion and significantly speed up the delivery of web content, including streaming media like Netflix. Today, the major CDNs operate over a million edge servers worldwide and are keeping pace with delivery demands by adding more servers and extending their reach to the furthest edge locations.

Telco Network Function Virtualization (NFV): As the major cellular operators rush to bring 5th Generation (5G) cellular technology to market, they will be moving their network functions (almost all of the network’s capabilities) off of proprietary hardware and into virtualized software functions running on white box servers. These servers will need to be housed in micro data centers at the edge, near the towers and baseband units, as these network functions can only tolerate a few milliseconds of latency.

Internet of Things (IoT): The IoT is real. Organizations worldwide are deploying billions of sensors into the field—into factories, onto cars, at intersections, on top of buildings, and just about everywhere else you might imagine. Each of these sensors generates data, which in aggregate will soon approach exabytes each day. To avoid the significant cost of shipping all of the data back to a central location as well as to provide real-time analysis and responsiveness, many different organizations will employ edge computing. Data analyzed at the edge can be responded to in milliseconds, data can be stored locally if it will be used locally, and algorithms can sift through the mountains of local data to extract the most important bits to ship to a centralized storage warehouse or back-end processes.

CDN, NFV, and IoT represent billions of dollars of value to the economy and are, by themselves, creating the economic incentives for rapid deployments of edge data centers in every major metropolitan region. As this edge infrastructure comes online, the large cloud providers will widen their service portfolio to reach from core cloud all the way to edge. Soon you will be able to purchase edge VMs, run Kubernetes clusters at the edge, and employ AI toolchains that include edge processing—all from the dashboard of your favorite cloud provider.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Edge computing will unleash a tsunami of applications, as tools improve and offerings get more sophisticated and lower in cost. At the outset, edge computing may often be more expensive than centralized cloud computing for a specific job, as the major cloud providers begin offering it in the form of premium priced products.

As early use cases offset the cost of deployment, and competition increases, prices will fall. As with most new technologies, increased use will drive edge computing down the cost curve such that, very soon, the marginal cost of retrofitting an existing application to embrace edge computing will become minimal. The world will quickly flood with edge-enhanced applications  and we will begin to see the emergence of new and transformative edge-native applications.

The proliferation of tools, best practices and general availability for cloud-based edge computing will unleash waves of developer innovation extending all the way from gaming and other entertainment experiences to mission or life-critical applications such as remote surgery.

Matt Trifiro is CMO of Vapor IO and Co-Chair of the State of the Edge Project. He is also the Co-Creator and a principal contributor to the Open Glossary of Edge Computing. Please follow him on Twitter at @mtrifiro.

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